The American media also unanimously praised the pitching of ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) for his first quality start of the season. Although he suffered defeat instead of victory, Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching is said to be worthy of applause.메이저놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Texas Rangers held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 13th (Korean time) and recorded 5 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 6 innings.
He was perfect until the third inning. He shut down the Texas batting line by pitching a no-hitter except for a walk given to Robbie Grossman with two outs in the top of the first inning. Toronto fielders also showed great concentration in defense and helped Ryu Hyun-jin.
However, he suffered an unexpected blow in the top of the 4th inning. The no-hit streak came to a halt when Corey Seager, who had been a part of his time with the LA Dodgers, was sent out to first base with a heavy hit. Then, he was immediately shaken by allowing a two-run home run to Grossman.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin quickly found stability. With his unique stable ball control, ability to use a variety of breaking balls, and excellent game management, he was able to prevent additional runs until the 5th inning. In the top of the 6th inning, with 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd, Haim’s fly ball to right field resulted in a runner on 3rd base, trading the score and out count, but he finished his appearance with a respectable record of 3 runs in 6 innings.
As Toronto’s batting lineup was silent, Ryu Hyun-jin suffered the bitter taste of 3 losses instead of 4 wins this season, but it was significant in that it was his first quality start after returning this season after elbow ligament joint surgery in June last year.
MLB.com, the official website of the American Major League Baseball, paid attention to the speed control that Ryu Hyun-jin showed on this day through its Twitter account. He praised the scene in the top of the 4th inning when he struck out Nate Rowe with a runner on first base and one out.
Ryu Hyun-jin completely stole Low’s timing with a 101km slow curve on the 4th pitch in a favorable count of no ball to strike. Rowe could only watch as the ball left Ryu Hyun-jin’s hand without being able to put out the bat, passed through home plate and entered the catcher’s mitt.
MLB.com Twitter praised Ryu Hyun-jin for throwing a 63 mph curveball that completely froze the batter (Row).
‘Sports Illustrated’, an American sports media outlet, also explained, “The expression on Law’s face as he returned to the dugout (after being struck out by Ryu Hyun-jin in the top of the 4th inning) was irreplaceable. He was completely struck by the change in velocity that Ryu Hyun-jin showed.” .
He also explained, “Among the five strikeouts Ryu Hyun-jin had against Texas, there was none as strategic as the slow curveball he threw to Law. It was a huge strikeout.”
When Ryu Hyun-jin underwent elbow ligament fusion surgery in June last year, the American media was skeptical about his chances of making a successful comeback. However, Ryu Hyun-jin is actively flapping his wings of revival in the 2023 season after undergoing rehabilitation and recovery for a year.
Starting with the game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 1st, which was his return to the big leagues, and ending with the game against Texas on this day, Hyunjin Ryu is recording a good record of 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 2.93 in 8 games.
American media outlet ‘CBS Sports’ said, “Ryu Hyun-jin has only played 5 innings since his return, but he succeeded in his first quality start,” adding, “In 40 innings, he had an ERA of 2.93, an on-base percentage allowed per inning (WHIP) of 1.05, and a strikeout-walk ratio of 33 to 9. He was full of praise, saying, “They are showing solid performance, including proportions.”