Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) pitched his worst since returning from injury, but avoided defeat.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ‘2023 Major League’ held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on the 24th (Korean time) and was shaken with 89 pitches, 7 hits (3 home runs), 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 5 runs in 4⅓ innings. . The season ERA soared from 2.62 to 3.31. Toronto lost 6-7.메이저놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitching was desperately needed for fall baseball. Before the game, Toronto ranked second in the American League wild card with a season record of 86 wins and 68 losses. 1st place Tampa Bay (94 wins, 61 losses) has already confirmed its advancement to the fall baseball season, while Toronto is only one game ahead of the 3rd place Houston Astros (85 wins, 69 losses). It was important to run away with as many multipliers as possible.
Toronto: George Springer (designated hitter) – Bo Bichette (shortstop) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first baseman) – Cavern Biggio (right fielder) – Matt Chapman (third baseman) – Dalton Basho (left fielder) – Davis Schneider (second baseman) – The starting lineup consisted of Kevin Kiermaier (center fielder) and Tyler Heinemann (catcher) in an attempt to give strength to Ryu Hyun-jin’s challenge for his fourth win.
Tampa Bay has Yandy Diaz (first baseman) – Harold Ramirez (left fielder) – Curtis Meade (third baseman) – Isaac Paredis (second baseman) – Junior Caminero (designated hitter) – Josh Rowe (right fielder) – Manuel Margot (center fielder) – Christian Betancourt (catcher) and Taylor Walls (shortstop) formed a starting lineup to face Ryu Hyun-jin.
# Tampa Bay, one of the seven teams where Ryu Hyun-jin has not achieved a win.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who debuted in the major league in 2013, has yet to win against Tampa Bay. Before this day, he had started a total of 5 games, pitched 24⅔ innings without a win or a loss, and recorded an ERA of 2.55. His pitch wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t successful.
Among the 30 big league teams, there are a total of 7 teams, including Tampa Bay, where Ryu Hyun-jin failed to secure a victory. In addition to Tampa Bay, there are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, and Seattle Mariners. The only opponents that Ryu Hyun-jin has not faced at all are the Dodgers and Kansas City.
Ryu Hyun-jin absolutely needed a win that day. This is because the pace was not good in September. Ryu Hyun-jin suffered only two losses in the four games he pitched in September, pitching 20⅔ innings and recording an ERA of 3.05. Ryu Hyun-jin stayed within 3 runs in each game, but couldn’t smile because the bullpen collapsed or he didn’t receive scoring support from the batting line. Good pitching was desperately needed to maintain the good pace of 3 wins, 1 loss, 24 innings, and an ERA of 2.25 in 5 games until August.
# A home run hit from the start, boom, boom…
Ryu Hyun-jin was greatly shaken as he was hit with a home run in the bottom of the first inning, giving up 4 runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Diaz held on by continuing to cut Ryu Hyun-jin’s balls. The ball count was 1-2, giving Ryu Hyun-jin the advantage, but the 6th pitch, an 89.4 mph fastball that targeted the body, was caught on Diaz’s bat and went over the left-center wall, losing the 0-1 lead.
Since it wasn’t a bad ball, the leadoff home run seemed to have caused quite a bit of damage. Ryu Hyun-jin threw to the outside of the pitch against Ramirez, the next batter, but both ended up being balls, allowing a straight walk.
In the continued crisis of no outs and first base, it seemed like zero had been reached again. Ryu Hyun-jin tried to overcome the critical situation by catching Midfielder with a fly ball to left field and setting Paredis back with a missed swing strikeout. However, another walk was given to Caminero, leading to a crisis with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases. I tried to pull the bat with a curve on the 7th pitch at full count, but Caminero was not fooled.
In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin was in the worst situation, allowing a large number of runs from the start while hitting his second home run. With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Rowe hit a 3-run midfielder, instantly making the score 0-4. With the ball count of 2-2, the 6th pitch, an 87.9 mile per hour fastball, was driven to the center and was hit without any chance.
# The curve doesn’t work, he held on until the 3rd inning without giving up any runs.
Ryu Hyun-jin finished the 2nd and 3rd innings without giving up any runs, but it felt like he was holding on for a long time. In the bottom of the second inning, leadoff hitter Betancourt was hit by a fly ball to second base and Walls was hit by a ground ball to second base, turning the batting order around. The second match took place with Dias, the number one hitter, who hit a home run in the first inning. Ryu Hyun-jin threw a curveball low toward the body on the fifth pitch with the ball count of 2-2, and this ball became a dead ball, allowing Diaz to get on base. Ramirez then hit a right-handed hit, leading to a crisis with 2 outs and runners on first and second base, but Mid was treated as a fly ball to center field, preventing additional runs.
In the bottom of the third inning, a hit was allowed with one out. I chose the first pitch curve for Caminero, and Caminero timed it just right and led to a left-handed hit. It was Caminero’s first hit in his big league career, and Tampa Bay players congratulated the rookie with a commemorative ball.
Ryu Hyun-jin did not give up a follow-up hit with one out and one on first base. He broke the trend by striking out Rowe with a fly ball to third base and Margot with a swing and miss strikeout.
# NC native Betancourt shocked Ryu Hyun-jin with his 3rd home run.
Toronto’s batting lineup is hardly able to support scoring. Ryu Hyun-jin bowed his head as he allowed another home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The opposing batter was Betancourt, who was released while playing for the NC Dinos in the KBO League in 2019.
Ryu Hyun-jin was ahead of Bettancourt with a ball count of 1-2, and on the fourth pitch, he threw a high fastball of 87.2 miles per hour that went over the left wall. He hit a spectator and appeared to fall, so he was given a video review at the umpire’s discretion, and it was ruled a home run. It was a moment when the score became 0-5 and the defeat deepened.
Toronto coach John Schneider still did not replace Ryu Hyun-jin right away. Ryu Hyun-jin grounded out Walls to third base and then hit Diaz with a left-field hit, but ended the inning by grounding out Ramirez and Mead.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who appeared in the bottom of the fifth inning, had to leave the mound without being able to take charge of the inning. Leadoff hitter Paredis was sent out on a walk, and with 1 out and runners on first base, Rowe hit a right-handed hit, leading to a crisis with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. In the end, Manager Schneider had Ryu Hyun-jin pass the ball to Trevor Richards.
As soon as he took the mound, Richards created a crisis at second and third base with a wild pitch, and it seemed like he would not be able to stop Ryu Hyun-jin’s lead runner, but he prevented additional runs by setting up Margot and Betancourt with double hits.
#Toronto’s batting line, which had been quiet, started up late.
Toronto’s batting line, which was unable to target Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jack Littell, caught fire late in the top of the 6th inning. Tampa Bay did not miss the opportunity to make a mistake. After 2 outs, I thought Kiermaier would retire with a ground ball to third base, but he got on base due to an error on a throw to third base, and Heinemann was also in a situation where he had to retire due to a strikeout on a missed swing, but the strikeout ball turned into a wild pitch, and catcher Betancourt made an error on a throw to first base, leaving the team with 2 outs and 1. , which led to a third base opportunity.
Springer scored the go-ahead score Toronto was eagerly waiting for. As Tampa Bay changed the mound from Littel to Sean Armstrong, he hit a timely two-run double that rolled to the left-center wall to go up 2-5.
Bichette hit a hit to right, giving the team a chance to get 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, and Guerrero Jr. hit a timely hit to make it 3-5. Then, Bigio hit a timely double that landed in front of the right-field wall to chase down to 4-5.
# Toronto eventually turned the game around in the 8th inning, and Ryu Hyun-jin’s loss was erased.
Toronto turned the game around by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning. Naturally, Ryu Hyun-jin escaped the crisis of his 4th loss of the season. Heinemann’s pinch hitter Santiago Espinal, who was the leadoff hitter, reached base with a double, laying the foundation for a comeback.
Springer hit a grounder to shortstop and Bichette struck out a foul tip, leaving the team with 2 outs and 3rd base. Tampa Bay showed its will to preserve the victory by changing the mound from Andrew Kittredge to Pete Fairbanks. Fairbanks was a pitcher with 24 saves this year.
But Fairbanks was greatly shaken. As soon as he came up, he made a wild pitch and pinch runner Cam Eden, who was on third base, scored to make it 5-5. Afterwards, Guerrero Jr. and Biggio reached base with walks in succession, and Chapman walked to a bases-loaded pitch with two outs. And he got a walk to Merrifield to make it 6-5.
# Romano was shaken and lost in the end.
Toronto was unable to maintain a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 9th inning. They tried to protect the victory by putting Jordan Romano on the mound, but Romano, who seemed uncomfortable with his fingers from the moment he took the mound, began to shake. He was hit by a double from leadoff hitter Diaz and a hit by Ramirez, putting him in danger of reaching first and third base with no outs. He then allowed Mid to hit a timely hit to the left, making it 6-6.
Romano remained on the mound unchanged. In the ensuing crisis with no outs on first and second base, the Padres were set back with a swinging strikeout, and Caminero was set up with a double play at shortstop, seemingly sending the game into overtime. However, as a result of Tampa Bay requesting a video review, batter Caminero was declared safe at first base. A crisis ensued with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base, and the game ended with a timely hit to Row that went to left field, resulting in a 6-7 loss.