Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who became the losing pitcher due to lack of batting support, received harsh criticism from the local Canadian media. Until this day, he was called a man of will and received praise every day, but the attitude of the local media changed completely after he hit a home run.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the third game of the 2023 Major League Baseball three-game away game against the Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 7th (Korean time), allowing 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings. It was the 2nd loss (3 wins) of the season.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s pre-game record is 6 games, 3 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 2.48, and in his most recent appearance against the Colorado Rockies on the 2nd, he allowed only 2 runs in 5 innings and no decisions. At the time, he maintained his stamina by recording 76 pitches, and for the first time this season, he took the starting mound after four days of rest.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who had pitched perfectly until the third inning, allowing one hit and no runs, got off to an shaky start when he was hit by a double from leadoff leader Brent Rooker in the fourth inning. When Ryan Noda’s follow-up grounded to first base, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chose third base with advanced defense, which created one out and one base instead of one out and third base, and Diaz was thrown a fly ball to right field on the first pitch, but he could not prevent the run. Following a wild pitch, he bowed his head by dedicating a two-run home run to Carlos Perez.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s 5th pitch low four-seam fastball (90.5 mph) thrown against Perez at a ball count of 2B-2S was headed inside the left pole. It was the home run in the last three consecutive games and the fifth home run of the season. This was Ryu Hyun-jin’s first and last goal conceded.
Ryu Hyun-jin unfortunately ended the game by handing the mound over to Trevor Richards in the 6th inning when the team was still behind 1-2. His earned run average rose from 2.48 to 2.65, and the team lost 2-5, suffering his second loss of the season 36 days after the game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 2, when he returned from injury.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, cited insufficient batting support as the reason for Ryu Hyun-jin’s loss. Toronto’s batting lineup, which was fierce until the 6th, suddenly lost pace on the day Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound.
MLB.com said, “Toronto won all five recent games in which Ryu Hyun-jin played, but on this day, the batting line did not provide sufficient support for Ryu Hyun-jin. “Veteran left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin collapsed after hitting a two-run home run from Oakland catcher Carlos Perez, and the batting line failed to cover it,” he pointed out. 온라인카지노
The Canadian media outlet ‘Toronto Sun’ had a different opinion. In addition to the lack of batting support, Ryu Hyun-jin’s position was pointed out. The media said, “Ryu Hyun-jin has been on the rise with 3 wins, no losses, and an ERA of 1.50 in the last 5 games, but on this day, his pitch was not sharp. Of course, there was a lack of support from his colleagues.”
Meanwhile, Toronto, ranked 3rd in the American League East Division, failed to win 4 games in a row and recorded 77 wins and 63 losses for the season. The joy of jumping to 3rd place in the wild card the day before was briefly defeated by the last place team, and we had to watch the result of the game between the 4th place Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros with great anxiety.