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Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) faced several crises by giving up five hits and one walk until the fifth inning in an away game against the Oakland Athletics in the Major League on the 7th (Korea Standard Time), but did not allow intensive hits.
However, one long hit was painful. Toronto hit a come-from-behind two-run home run by Carlos Perez in the bottom of the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead. It wasn't a slip of the tongue. The batter hit the fast ball well, which was well controlled by the right-handed batter's low course.
Ryu Hyun-jin went down the mound with his team losing 1-2. Trevor Richards, who took the mound as a relief pitcher in the bottom of the sixth inning, was hit by a three-run home run by Kevin Smith, who was called up to the Major League ahead of the game, and the game tilted here.
Toronto lost 2-5, and Ryu Hyun-jin took his second loss (3 wins) of the season.
Smith, the hero of the victory, is in his third year in the Major League. Ryu Hyun-jin, who made his big league debut in a Toronto uniform in 2021, is a former teammate. He has been wearing an Oakland uniform since last year and played in 35 games this season.
After the game, Smith delivered his impression of Ryu Hyun-jin through local media in the U.S.
Smith said, "There is a reason why Ryu Hyun-jin can play for a long time," adding, "He is a pitcher who knows how to throw a good ball and catch a batter." He has his own cool things, such as the movement of the change-up movement. He is a pitcher who doesn't overwhelm the batter (with pitches) but can throw the ball on the course he wants. "The day it works will be a hard day for the opposing team," he said.
Ryu's total number of pitches was 77. The aspect of the game has changed sharply since Ryu Hyun-jin went down the mound. Toronto's batters, whose main hitters were absent due to injuries, failed to target Oakland's rookie JP Sears. Sears earned four wins (11 losses) of the season with one run in five innings.
Toronto is currently operating a five-man starting rotation. If there is no special variable in the schedule, Ryu Hyun-jin will start the home game against the Texas Rangers on the 13th. There is a high possibility that he will face Max Scherzer, the ace representing the league, as a starter.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023