In the end, Ryu Hyun-jin’s relationship with Toronto ends here. For Ryu Hyun-jin, the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 1st (Korean time) was his last appearance in Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays lost 0-2 in the second game of the 2023 Major League Baseball wild card decision held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 5th (Korean time). Adding to the loss in the first game on the 4th, they confirmed their failure to advance to the division series with two losses.
Starting pitcher Jose Berrios allowed 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 run in 3 innings. Next, Yusei Kikuchi allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run in 1⅔ innings. Garcia, Eric Swanson, and Jordan Romano have all not given up a point. However, the batting line was silent, leading to a ‘failure’.
Minnesota won the first game and won the second game, confirming their advancement to the division series with two wins. They scored 2 points in the 4th inning alone to tie the game. Following a walk by leadoff hitter Royce Lewis, an infield hit by Max Kepler to second base, and a walk by Donovan Solano, they had the opportunity to load the bases with no outs.안전놀이터
Carlos Correa’s 1-run first base hit and Willi Castro’s grounder to shortstop scored 2 runs. After that, he was unable to escape any further, but the mound tied up Toronto’s batting lineup. Minnesota starting pitcher Sonny Gray allowed 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, and no runs in 5 innings. In terms of number of hits, Toronto with 8 hits was ahead of Minnesota with 6 hits.
Johan Duran took the mound to start the top of the 9th inning, with Minnesota leading 2-0. Blood was visible on the top of his thumb, but it was mounded normally. They advanced to the division series with one scoreless inning. They face the second-seeded Houston Astros. The team broke their 18-game losing streak in the postseason in the first game the day before, and with the win today, they will advance to the division series for the first time in 21 years since 2002.
Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin’s only postseason appearance in Toronto was the first game of the wild card decision against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 1, 2020. He started as a pitcher at the time and performed poorly, allowing 8 hits (2 home runs), 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 7 runs (3 earned runs) in 1⅔ innings. His comeback season is half a success. In June 2022, he underwent Tommy John surgery and returned 1 year and 2 months later, recording 3 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 3.46 in 11 games.
With Ryu Hyun-jin finishing the season, Korean major leaguers have completely completed the 2023 season. Ryu Hyun-jin takes the opportunity to enter the 2023-2024 free agent market.