– 4⅔ innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, no runs, ‘Achieving 4 wins is a failure’ Top 146.6 km
– Team wins with a dramatic walk-off in the bottom of the 9th inning, reclaims ‘2nd place in wild card
‘ ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) wins 5 Unfortunately, he came down from the mound with only one out until the inning and failed to achieve his fourth win. However, Ryu Hyun-jin showed off his best crisis management skills, overcoming crises with first and second bases without outs twice in a row, and pitched without allowing any runs. The moment Ryu Hyun-jin went down the mound, the Toronto home fans responded with a standing ovation and generous support.
Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound as a starter in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) home game against the Boston Red Sox held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 18th (Korean time) and pitched well, allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in 4⅔ innings. . The total number of pitches was 83.
Ryu Hyun-jin dropped his ERA from 2.93 to 2.62. Ryu Hyun-jin, who finished the game today, has started 9 games this season and has 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 2.62. While pitching a total of 44⅔ innings, he has 39 hits (6 home runs), 18 runs, 13 earned runs, 11 walks, 35 strikeouts, a hitting percentage of 0.229, and a WHIP (on-base percentage allowed per inning) of 1.12.
According to Baseball Savant, an American baseball statistics media outlet, Ryu Hyun-jin threw 37 four-seam fastballs, 19 changeups, 13 curveballs, 12 cutters, and 2 sinkers. His highest fastball speed was 91.1 miles (146.6 km), his lowest speed was 86.5 miles (139.2 km), and his average speed was 89.1 miles (143.4 km). He also had a maximum curve speed of 71.5 miles (115.1 km) and a minimum speed of 62.3 miles (100.2 km).
This is Ryu Hyun-jin, the ‘icon of human victory.’ Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament fusion surgery (Tommy John surgery) in June of last year, devoted himself to rehabilitation for about a year and two months before returning to action against Baltimore on the 2nd of last month. At that time, he suffered a defeat against Baltimore with 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings, but that was the end of his shakiness. In his second appearance, against Cleveland on August 8, he pitched 4 innings, allowing no hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and no runs. Afterwards, Ryu Hyun-jin pitched with 2 earned runs or less in all 6 games before allowing 3 runs against Texas on the 13th. Although his streak of 2 or fewer earned runs was broken, it was certainly encouraging that he pitched 6 innings in 8 games for the first time this season and succeeded in pitching a quality start (3 or fewer earned runs in 6 innings as a starter).
On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin left the mound without completing the 5th inning, throwing only 83 balls. There is a clear reason why he continues to play short innings this season. This is because Ryu Hyun-jin is a pitcher who has just returned from surgery and rehabilitation for about a year. Coach Schneider, the head coach, is strictly managing the number of pitches pitched by Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin recorded 80 pitches (August 2 against Baltimore) – 52 pitches (August 8 against Cleveland) – 86 pitches (August 14 against Chicago Cubs) – 83 pitches (August 21 against Cincinnati) – 70 pitches (August 21 against Cincinnati) August 27th against Cleveland) – 76th pitch (September 2nd against Colorado) – 77th pitch (September 7th against Oakland) – 82nd pitch (September 13th against Texas) – 83rd pitch (September 18th against Boston) ) are being thrown one after another.
On this day, Toronto had George Springer (designated hitter) – Bo Bisset (shortstop) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first baseman) – Davis Schneider (second baseman) – Cavan Biggio (right fielder) – Matt Chapman (third baseman) – Kevin Kiermaier (center fielder) ) – Dalton Basho (left fielder) – Tyler Heinemann (catcher) was the starting batting order. The starting pitcher is Ryu Hyun-jin.
In response, Boston had Sedan Rafaela (center fielder) – Rob Refsnyder (Korean name Kim Jeong-tae, left fielder) – Justin Turner (designated hitter) – Rafael Devers (third baseman) – Adam Duvall (right fielder) – Pablo Reyes (second baseman) – The starting lineup consisted of Trevor Story (shortstop), Bobby Dalbec (first baseman), and Liz McGuire (catcher). The starting pitcher was Nick Pivetta, who had 9 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 4.56 this season before today’s game.
◆ First inning: A happy face to see now as an enemy… And with the help of Ho-bi for the first time in a while, the ‘Three-way Bumpback’ is off to a good start.Ryu Hyun-jin started the game today with a strike, hitting a 69.5 mile (111.8 km) curve outside the first pitch against lead hitter Rafaela. On the second pitch, he threw an outside fastball of a similar course, but it was fouled. 3rd pitch. This time he threw a 63.9 mph (102.8 km) curveball, which was slower than the first pitch, but was fouled. It rolled toward the third base foul line, but Chapman, who had already judged that it would be difficult to reach first base, had the good sense to intentionally let the ball fall backwards without catching it. The moment when my judgment shined. Raffaella then hit a fastball well into the body on the fourth pitch, but Toronto right fielder Biggio made a fantastic sliding catch, creating one out. A slight smile appeared on Ryu Hyun-jin’s face.
The next batter was Rob Refsnyder, a Korean-American known by his Korean name Kim Jeong-tae. Ryu Hyun-jin threw an exquisite strike buried in the outer border line of the first pitch and then showed a high ball. Ryu Hyun-jin induced a missed swing with an outside change-up that took away the timing of the third pitch. He then hit an outside cutter that was exquisitely placed in the zone on the 4th pitch, striking out a missed swing.
The next batter to come to the plate was Justin Turner, who had a lot of fun in the past when he was with the LA Dodgers. Ryu Hyun-jin tenaciously fought on the outside against Turner. This time too, the first pitch was a strike slightly buried in the outside zone. The second ball is a ball that goes far outside. Following a foul on the 3rd pitch, he touched a changeup again on the 4th pitch, but it was a foul. Then Turner smiled slightly. On the fifth pitch, a fast ball that was exquisitely placed in the outside zone resulted in a foul. The 6th pitch is a curve ball close to the outside Arirang ball. Ryu Hyun-jin shook his head once and threw a low changeup on the 7th pitch. Turner kicked the ball up, but it ended up being a fly ball to right field. A clean ending to the first episode. When Ryu Hyun-jin was inspected for foreign substances on his way down the mound, he smiled brightly and willingly responded.
◆ Top of the 2nd inning: 2nd and 3rd bases escape with no outsAs Toronto’s offense ended quickly in the bottom of the first inning, Ryu Hyun-jin stepped on the mound again without a break for a long time. The leadoff hitter is Boston’s No. 4 hitter, Devers. When Ryu Hyun-jin threw an exquisitely lightly buried strike to the low zone border line outside the first pitch, Devers looked somewhat puzzled. The second and third pitches were balls that fell low on the outside and center. After missing the bat on the inside fastball on the 4th pitch, he showed a high fastball on the 5th pitch. The count was full, and in the end, on the 6th pitch, Devers was guided to a ground ball to the shortstop, but the batted ball flowed deep and resulted in an infield hit. Bisset threw the ball toward first base in reverse motion, but missed by a lot. It was the moment Ryu Hyun-jin allowed his first hit of the day.
The next batter is Duval, known as Ryu Hyun-jin’s nemesis. Following the first pitch curve strike, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a curveball to the center course on the second pitch. But he was read this time. He was driven very well into the middle. The batted ball fell inside the left field line and bounced into the stands. It was a recognized double. Ryu Hyun-jin faced a crisis like this with no outs on second and third base. The next batter is Reyes. Ryu Hyun-jin threw a deep ball toward his body on the third pitch with an advantageous ball count of 0-2. However, Ryu Hyun-jin shook his head as if he did not agree with the catcher. He then threw a 90.7 mile (146 km) high fastball, leading to a ground ball to the shortstop. At this time, Bisset caught the ball and boldly fired it home. The result is tag out. It was a moment when Bisset’s instantaneous judgment and strong determination shone. In addition, the runner on second base also failed to advance to third base. In the follow-up story, after handling a fly ball to center field on the first pitch (change-up), even Dalbec escaped the great crisis by throwing a fly ball to right field. The pitch that induced the third fly ball was also a changeup.
◆ Top of the 3rd inning: ‘Again’ 2nd and 3rd bases escape with no outsToronto eased Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders by scoring one run in the second inning. It was ruled a strike on the first pitch against leadoff hitter Maguire. According to MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, the outer zone is full. He had almost perfect sword control. The second ball is a ball that falls slightly high and outward. Ryu Hyun-jin induced a missed swing with a curve on the third pitch. The 4th ball was a ball that fell slightly from the outside zone. A scene where you can clearly see Ryu Hyun-jin’s control of ‘putting in and taking out’ the ball. However, on the fifth pitch, Maguire cleared the curve of a low ball toward the body with one hand and resulted in a heavy hit. Ryu Hyun-jin looked puzzled for a moment. He was then hit by Rafaela on a follow-up double that passed quickly past the third baseman. It narrowly crossed over to third base and became a double. In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin faced the crisis of being on second and third base with no outs again.
The next batter is Refsnyder. Ryu Hyun-jin was cornered by an unfavorable ball count of 2-0. He then threw his trademark outside changeup on the third pitch, leading to a fly ball to left field. The hit was somewhat short, and McGuire, the runner on third base, tagged up and failed to score home. Ryu Hyun-jin met Turner again. And he threw an outside ball on the first pitch and caught it with a grounder to third base. The moment when Turner, a difficult hitter, was hit twice in a row. The next batter is Devers. Ryu Hyun-jin threw a high fastball on the first pitch and then threw a ball outside on the second pitch. In this situation, catcher Heinemann briefly visited the mound and talked with Ryu Hyun-jin. It seemed like the idea was to skip it if necessary. The third pitch was a strike in the middle, and the count was covered with a change-up. He then threw a curveball on the fourth pitch, and although it hit slightly on the high side, the umpire’s hand did not go up. Against ‘Ryu Hyun-jin’s natural enemy’ Devers, he eventually threw a high fastball and walked.
It was a crisis with the bases loaded. Here, Duvall, who was very strong with 6 hits in 13 at-bats in his career against Ryu Hyun-jin, came to the plate. Ryu Hyun-jin hit a fastball strike in the middle of the pitch as the first pitch. The second pitch is a foul. Ryu Hyun-jin quickly gained a favorable ball count of 0-2. Toronto home fans began to applaud. Ryu Hyun-jin shook his head and took a step back. Duval also missed one at-bat. On the third pitch, he threw a low ball toward the body of the referee, but he cut it and recorded a foul. In the end, the winner was Ryu Hyun-jin. He threw a high fastball and caught it as a fly ball to right field. End of inning with 3 outs. It was Ryu Hyun-jin who escaped the crisis of being on second and third base with no outs in two innings in a row. As soon as the batted ball hit, Ryu Hyun-jin pointed to the sky with his index finger and headed to the dugout without looking back. The number of pitches until the third inning was 52.
◆ Top of the 4th inning: This time, there was a crisis with 1 out and 1st and 3rd bases, but Ryu Hyun-jin firmly overcame the crisis.Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching was good, but there was a point where the team’s attack ended rather quickly. Ryu Hyun-jin dealt a foul fly out to first baseman Reyes in the top of the fourth inning. The next hit is Story. Ryu Hyun-jin, who had an advantageous ball count of 0-2, complicated the story by using a low ball to the body, an outside changeup, and a high fastball one after another. In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a 67.3 mile (108.3 km) curveball on the 6th pitch and led to a ground ball to third base, but Chapman fumbled twice and made a save. The first time he failed to catch the ball, he missed it, and then the next time he dropped it completely. Chapman’s 12th error this season. This wasn’t the end. The next batter hit a fantastic strike into the low outside corner on the second pitch (sinker) after Dalbec’s first pitch. It was a ball of a course that could only result in a ground ball even if the opposing batter hit it. However, the low changeup thrown on the third pitch led to a hit to left center. During this time, the runner on first base reached third base. Crisis with 1 out and 1st and 3rd bases. However, Ryu Hyun-jin once again proved his crisis management skills. Against the next batter, McGuire, he threw an 88.9 mile (143.0 km) fastball in the middle, leading to a double play in front of the shortstop. Inning ends. The number of pitches until the 4th inning was 63.
◆ Top of the 5th inning: Even the winning pitcher’s requirement is ‘-1 out’… However, after 2 outs in the 5th inning, ‘natural enemy’ Duvall gets a steel plate before his at-bat.Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound in the 5th inning with the team still ahead 1-0. Ryu Hyun-jin, who threw two balls in a row against lead hitter Rafaela, threw an outside strike on the third pitch. The ball was driven in on the 4th pitch, but it was a foul. Then, on the fifth pitch, Rafaella was guided to a ground ball in front of the pitcher. He jumped slightly to catch the batted ball that bounced in front of him and then threw it to first base. It was a moment when Ryu Hyun-jin’s motor skills and reflexes stood out. The next batter is Refsnyder. With the ball count of 1-1, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a curve that had a beautiful trajectory on the third ball, causing a missed swing. However, the fourth pitch bounced very high in front of the catcher and resulted in an infield hit. As soon as Ryu Hyun-jin caught the ball, he turned his body and tried to throw it to first base, but failed to catch it because he was too concerned about first base first.
The next batter is Turner. Ryu Hyun-jin showed a high fastball at an advantageous ball count of 0-2. In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a low cutter and struck out Turner with a missed swing. On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin retired with a hit in all three of his at-bats against Turner. The next batter is Devers. With the ball count of 1-1, Ryu Hyun-jin’s changeup on the 3rd pitch was judged to be slightly in the zone, but was ruled a ball. Then Ryu Hyun-jin paused for a moment and smiled brightly as he received the catcher’s ball. The 4th pitch is a ball. The 5th pitch is a strike. Full count has been reached. However, the inside fastball on the 6th pitch became a high ball and reached first and second base.메이저놀이터 The next batter is Duval, Ryu Hyun-jin’s natural enemy. In the end, it ended here. When Coach Schneider went on the mound himself, he received the ball from Ryu Hyun-jin with Sanghang leaving two runners on base. The winning pitcher was replaced with only one out left. Ryu Hyun-jin handed the ball over quickly as if he had expected it, and trudged down the mound with his head down.
So why did Coach Schneider boldly replace Ryu Hyun-jin? First of all, the number of pitches had already reached 83. If he was allowed to throw more, he could exceed the 86 pitches he threw against the Chicago Cubs on August 14th and could see more than 90 pitches, the most this season. However, this may be a burden for Ryu Hyun-jin, who has not yet exceeded 90 pitches this season. Also, seeing that his last ball slipped out of his hand and resulted in a walk, one could have thought that his grip strength had decreased. Moreover, it appears that the fact that the next batter was Duvall, who was the natural enemy of Ryu Hyun-jin, was also taken into consideration. Moreover, now the team is more important than the individual anyway. Toronto home fans cheered Ryu Hyun-jin with a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout. In the end, Imi Garcia, who took the mound after Ryu Hyun-jin, struck out Duvall with a missed swing, and Ryu Hyun-jin’s earned runs did not increase.
Meanwhile, although Ryu Hyun-jin did not accumulate any wins on this day, the team achieved a thrilling walk-off victory and everyone smiled brightly. After one out in the second inning, Toronto took the opportunity to go on second and third base with Biggio’s infield single and Chapman’s double. Here, Kiermaier hit a ball to left field and scored a sacrifice RBI (1-0). Toronto then got away with another big hit in the 5th inning. In a situation where there was no runner with one out, Basho drew a dominant solo arc (2-0). However, Boston did not back down easily. In the 7th inning, Lev Snyder walked, and after one out, Devers reached base with a ball that hit his body. Duval was limited to a fly ball to center field, but Reyes made up for one run with a timely hit to left (2-1) in the top of the 9th inning, when defeat was in sight. Boston’s final attack. Leadoff hitter Yoshida and follower Turner each struck out and struck out. Now there is only one out until victory. However, he gave up a solo shot to Devers to tie the game. The score is 2-2. However, the team that had the last laugh was Toronto. The bottom of the 9th inning followed immediately. With one out, Biggio reached base with a single to left. Chapman then hit a double that hit the fence in the middle, and Biggio, who was the runner on first base, rushed home around third base, ending the game.
In Toronto, following Ryu Hyun-jin, Garcia pitched 1⅓ innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs, Cabrera pitched ⅔ innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 1 run (1 earned), Green pitched 1⅓ innings with 2 strikeouts and no runs, and Swanson pitched 1⅓ innings with 1 hit and 2 strikeouts. Each gave up 1 run (1 earned run). Cabrera and Green took the hold, and Swanson was fortunate enough to become the winning pitcher despite a blown save. For Toronto, which had a total of 7 hits, Biggio played well with 2 hits in 4 at-bats and 2 runs, and Chapman also recorded multiple hits. Springer, Guerrero Jr., and Basho (1 home run) recorded 1 hit each.
On the other hand, Boston starter Piveta pitched well in 6 ⅓ innings, allowing 4 hits, 6 strikeouts, and 2 runs (2 earned), and the batters tied the score, escaping the crisis of defeat. Then, Murphy went ⅔ innings with 1 strikeout and no runs, Robertson allowed 1 hit, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 1 inning, and Whitlock took the loss with 2 hits, 1 strikeout, and 1 run (1 walk) over ⅓ innings. In the lineup with 9 hits, Devers performed best with 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 run, and 2 walks, including 1 home run. Among the batters who started that day, except for Turner, all of the remaining batters recorded one hit each.
With this win, Toronto achieved its third consecutive win and recorded 83 wins and 67 losses. The ranking is 3rd in the American League East Division. Just before sweeping all three games against Boston, they lost all four games against Texas and were in a sad mood, but achieved a great turnaround. On the same day, Texas lost 2-9 to the Cleveland Guardians, recording 82 wins and 67 losses, and Toronto traded places with Texas and regained second place in the wild card. The ride with Texas is 0.5 games. Currently competing for a wild card, Toronto has 12 games left, and Texas and Seattle have 13 games left each. On the other hand, Boston, which lost to Toronto that day, fell further from the race for the wild card rankings with 74 wins and 76 losses. Now, after a day’s rest, Toronto will play a three-game away game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium from the 20th to the 22nd.