‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) pitched 5 innings in 5 consecutive games, but suffered his second loss of the season.

Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Oakland Athletics held at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California

USA on the 7th (Korean time) and recorded 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings. 

His season ERA slightly increased from 2.48 to 2.65.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who became the losing pitcher due to the team’s 2-5 loss

suffered a loss 36 days after the home game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd of last month, which was his return to the big league. 안전놀이터

Ryu Hyun-jin, who announced his return to the home game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd of last month, took the loss in his first appearance, allowing 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 5 innings, but gradually regained stability after that.

 In particular, he won three consecutive games as a starter, from the Chicago Cubs game on August 14th to the Cincinnati Reds game on the 21st and the Cleveland Guardians game on the 27th.

Ryu Hyun-jin lived up to the team’s expectations by demonstrating his true value at Coors Field

the ‘graveyard of pitchers’. He started in the away game against the Colorado Rockies on the 2nd and allowed 4 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings.

Ryu Hyun-jin’s overall performance against Oakland was 2 wins in 3 games and an average ERA of 5.40 before this game. 

Although the ERA was a little high, it was expected that it would not be a difficult opponent for both Ryu Hyun-jin and Toronto, given that Oakland has the lowest winning percentage in the entire major league this season.

However, the results were different from expectations. 

Ryu Hyun-jin, who finished the bottom of the first inning with 9 balls, continued his cruise in the bottom of the second inning by creating a three-way inning. 

The bottom of the third inning also resulted in no runs. However, he could not overcome the critical moment that came in the bottom of the 4th inning. 

After leadoff hitter Brent Rooker’s double, Ryu Hyun-jin dedicated a solo shot to Carlos Perez with 2 outs and runners on first base. Ryu Hyun-jin hits a home run in three consecutive games.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who finished the bottom of the 4th inning without allowing any additional runs, took the mound in the bottom of the 5th inning and finished his job without allowing any runs, and handed the mound to Trevor Richards before the bottom of the 6th. A dramatic reversal did not occur until the second half of the game, and the teammates were unable to erase Ryu Hyun-jin’s loss.

The head coach applauded Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitch. Toronto manager John Schneider said in an interview with local media after the game, “Despite giving up a home run, he showed great pitching against Oakland. It was the first time this season that he started after four days of rest, so we didn’t let him pitch many innings.” He said, “Ryu Hyun-jin showed perfect performance in the early part of the game. The ball that gave up the home run to Perez wasn’t bad either.”

Oakland infielder Kevin Smith, who faced Ryu Hyun-jin, said in an interview with the Associated Press, “There is a good reason why Ryu Hyun-jin has been pitching in the big leagues for a long time, and you can tell just by looking at his changeup. He doesn’t overwhelm the batter, but he can hit the ball as he wants. “He throws the ball in the right place and makes a good pitch.”

There was a temperature difference in the local media’s reaction to Ryu Hyun-jin’s second loss of the season.

Canadian local media ‘Sportsnet’ reported, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been showing amazing form since returning from Tommy John surgery, cruised through three innings and gave up his first lead in this series with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning.”

Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’ said in an article titled ‘Toronto failed to properly support Ryu Hyun-jin’, “Toronto won all of the five recent games in which Ryu Hyun-jin started. Ryu Hyun-jin played against Oakland that day. He also gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, but the batting line was not able to score enough points,” he said, evaluating his pitching.

However, Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching was not viewed only positively. Local newspaper ‘Toronto Sun’ pointed out, “Ryu Hyun-jin pitched very well with an ERA of 1.50 in his previous five starts, and it is true that he was not relatively sharp in today’s game,” and added, “But more than anything, Ryu Hyun-jin received almost no support from the batting line. I looked back and said, “I couldn’t do it.”

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