‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) won his first Major League (MLB) victory in 444 days. In particular, it was a precious good fight that saved the team from the danger of being swept in three consecutive matches that had a lot of meaning.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League (MLB) home game against the Chicago Cubs held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korean time), recording 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs (0 ERA), season won the first
Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned from a home game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd after undergoing Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament joint surgery) in June of last year, failed to win in 2 games. In the game against Baltimore, he struggled with long hits in the early game, and became a losing pitcher with 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings.
Then, in the next appearance, an away game against the Cleveland Guardians on the 8th, he showed off perfect control and had only one hit until the 4th inning. However, in the 4th inning, the last batter, Oscar Gonzalez, hit the knee and went down the mound complaining of pain.메이저놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin, who made his third appearance, played a difficult game in the beginning. After one out in the first inning, Nico Horner walked, and when Ian Happ grounded, first baseman Brandon Belt made an error and sent a runner in scoring position. In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin allowed Dansby Swanson to take the lead by giving up two RBIs and a double.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin quickly regained stability. He made a tripartite inning with his main weapon changeup in the second inning, and in the third inning, catcher Danny Jansen succeeded in stopping Nico Horner, who had a hit, and successfully blocked it. In the 4th inning, he blocked the follow-up batter even after giving up a walk to fellow Los Angeles Dodgers colleague Cody Bellinger, and in the 5th inning, he once again committed a three-way offense.
He also added strength to the batting line. At the end of the second inning, trailing 0-2, Toronto succeeded in turning it around with Dalton Basho’s three-run homer on first and second base, and took a three-run lead with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer’s consecutive timely hits in subsequent chances. Toronto, which scored 8 points while Hyun-jin Ryu was there, eventually won 11-4 and gave them a starter.
With this, Toronto ended the ’17 series of hell’ by breaking the bridle of three consecutive losses that continued from the Cleveland match on the 11th. In particular, the Cubs and this three-game series were on the verge of losing the series sweep as they lost the first two games, but they were able to avoid humiliation through Ryu Hyun-jin’s counterattack.
In addition, this series was more meaningful because it was the retirement ceremony of Jose Batista (43), who was Toronto’s top star in the past. After moving to Toronto during the 2008 season, he hit 54 home runs in 2010 and became the home run king. Having hit 288 homers in 10 seasons in Toronto, he was selected as an All-Star for 6 consecutive years and helped the team in 2015 experience fall baseball for the first time in 22 years. After hitting his 344th career home run and not playing in the big leagues since 2018, he recently signed a one-day contract with Toronto to end his playing career.
Toronto held a retirement ceremony for Batista ahead of the game on the 13th, and put his name on the club’s Hall of Fame, ‘Level Oven Excellence’. Ten players were inducted here, including Roy Halladay, who was permanently retired (No. 32), Carlos Delgado, and Joe Carter. That’s why this series was an important match.
However, Toronto lost 4-5 on the day Batista’s retirement ceremony was held. Toronto, trailing 1-4, started the pursuit with Whit Merrifield’s two-run four in the 5th inning, and tied the game at the end of the 6th inning. However, in the top of the ninth, Christopher Morell hit a final double and eventually lost.
Toronto, which was in danger of being swept in a series honoring Team Legend. However, in Ryu Hyun-jin’s strong fight, he was able to keep his last face.