“At Ryu Hyun-jin’s age, I just can’t believe it.”
Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) proved his class in three games after returning. Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Chicago Cubs game held at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korean time) and pitched 5 innings with 86 pitches, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs (non-run), making the first season of the season. got the win Toronto escaped a three-game losing streak with an 11-4 win.안전놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin’s shoulders were quite heavy. The first priority was to break the team’s losing streak. To survive in the American League wild card race, Toronto needed to break its losing streak and rise. Also, Toronto hoped that Ryu Hyun-jin would decorate the end of the hellish 17-game series with a victory. Along with the team’s losing streak stopper task, Ryu Hyun-jin personally needed to prove that he was in good shape after the bruise on his right knee he suffered against the Cleveland Guardians on the 8th.
Toronto coach John Schneider believed that Hyun-jin Ryu would do a great job. Coach Schneider admired Ryu Hyun-jin’s strong will not to leave even a single game despite a bruised knee.
In an interview with local reporters in Canada, coach Schneider said, “We held our breath (when Ryu Hyun-jin was hit by an assault ball), but Ryu Hyun-jin was a young and strong young man. His performance was very impressive, so I have no choice but to trust him,” said Ryu Hyun-jin, who lived up to expectations.
Hyun-jin Ryu received Tommy John surgery in June of last year and took 13 months to complete rehabilitation. There were many voices of concern for Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned after undergoing surgery in his late 30s, but he proved his class by winning only three games after his return. Ryu Hyun-jin enjoyed the joy of becoming a winning pitcher 444 days after the Los Angeles Angels match on May 27 last year. He proved that he was back on the right track by lowering his season earned run average from 4.00 to 2.57.
Coach Schneider said in an interview with local Canadian media after the game, “It’s really amazing. Ryu Hyun-jin really never makes a mistake. It was like. At his age, I just can’t believe it. It’s not really easy, but it makes it look really easy.”
Even the enemy general, who was not easy to open an offensive line, admired Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching. Cubs manager David Ross said, “I know the speed hasn’t returned to Hyun-Jin Ryu’s level yet, but he was still able to pitch. When you give Hyun-Jin Ryu the lead, Hyun-Jin Ryu is one of the toughest pitchers to make big innings. We are Just as Toronto allowed two runs in the first inning, such a mistake was necessary, but Ryu Hyun-jin cruised after taking the lead.”
The American and Canadian media paid attention to Ryu Hyun-jin’s human victory. MLB.com’s Toronto reporter Keegan Matheson said, “Hyun-Jin Ryu was solid, and it was a very Hyun-Jin Ryu appearance. It was enough pitching to expect as Toronto’s 5th starter.”
Canadian media ‘Toronto Sun’ said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin got his first victory after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the left elbow ligament in June of last year. Ryu Hyun-jin reported that he proved that he reached a certain level against the Cubs.
Another Canadian media, ‘Sportsnet’, said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin did not record an earned run in 5 innings, and it also proved that there was no aftermath of a knee injury in the previous pitching. Toronto sent Alec Manoa to Triple A, so Ryu Hyun-jin’s place in the starting rotation is absolutely necessary. Therefore, it is all the more important that Ryu Hyun-jin, who has returned from Tommy John surgery, continues to develop.”
The American sports media ‘Sports Illustrated’ said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin’s performance on the mound led Toronto to a decisive victory. Ryu Hyun-jin gave up two runs in the first inning, not an earned run, but after that, he put up a solid pitch that put the Cubs’ dangerous batting line to rest with no runs until the fifth inning. The Toronto starting lineup has been having a great season this season, and Ryu Hyun-jin seems to have absorbed all of that positive energy. Ryu Hyun-jin only struck out 3 that day, but his command was good enough to complete the starting job.”
The deciding ball that led to the first win was, of course, the changeup. Ryu Hyun-jin’s three strikeouts that day were all changeups. While throwing mainly fastballs (40), he overcame the Cubs hard hitting line by properly utilizing breaking balls such as changeup (24), cutter (12), and curve (10). He recorded a high fastball speed of 91.1 miles (146.6 km) and an average of 88.4 miles (142.3 km). 91.1 miles was the highest velocity recorded by Ryu Hyun-jin after returning from injury.
Rob Friedman, a major league pitching analysis expert, edited and uploaded a scene in which Ryu Hyun-jin struck out with three changeups on his social media account, and evaluated it as “a very tricky changeup.” It was so powerful that Ross Cubs coach also expressed, “Ryu Hyun-jin’s changeup was devastating.”
had to deal with the hard hitting line of the Cubs, which ranked first in team scoring in the second half. Before the game, the Cubs showed off their hot firepower by ranking second in the major leagues with a team batting average of 0.286 in the second half, third in team homers with 46, and first in team runs scored with 183.
Cubs Christopher Morell (DH) – Nico Horner (2B) – Ian Happ (Left Field) – Cody Bellinger (Center Field) – Dansby Swanson (Shortstop) – Seiya Suzuki (Right Field) – Patrick Wisdom (1 Base) – Nick The starting lineup consisted of Madrigal (third baseman) and Miguel Amaya (catcher) to face Ryu Hyun-jin. Only one left-handed hitter, Bellinger, showed a strong will to attack left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin.
Ryu Hyun-jin did not receive any defensive help from the start. After one out in the first inning, Horner walked out, and Happ seemed to break the flow by returning Happ to the first baseman grounder. It was an ordinary batted ball that first baseman Brandon Belt could handle, but Belt missed it and the situation that could have been blocked with at least two outs and second bases changed to one out and first and second bases.
Ryu Hyun-jin treated the next batter, Bellinger, as a floating ball in left field. He could have ended the inning had it not been for an error. However, a crisis with two outs on first and second base continued, and Swanson hit a double at the right time with two RBIs in the left field, losing the 0-2 first run.
Like a veteran, Ryu Hyun-jin was no longer shaken. In the top of the second inning, Wisdom, the lead batter, struck out on a swing, and Madrigal and Amaya were treated as ground balls by the third baseman and floating balls by the center fielder, respectively, recording a three-way offense with 11 balls.
When Ryu Hyun-jin found a sense of stability, the batting line immediately began to explode. In the bottom of the second inning, Dalton Basho hit a come-from-behind three-run home run, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer added one RBI and timely hit to quickly make it 5-2. It was the moment when Ryu Hyun-jin’s first win of the season began to feel.
continued to calm the Cubs lineup after giving up a lot of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. He gave up a heavy hit to Horner after one out, but the situation changed to two out and no runners when catcher Jansen caught Horner stealing second base on a hep at-bat with one out and first base. Ryu Hyun-jin continued to press the Cubs lineup like an active volcano, handling Happ as a fly ball to right field with a 91.1 mph fastball.
Ryu Hyun-jin walked lead batter Bellinger in the top of the 4th inning. It was the first leadoff hitter of the day. Ryu Hyun-jin continued to tie Bellinger to first base by treating Swanson and Suzuki as floating balls in right field in succession, and ended the inning by striking out Wisdom on a swing.
In the top of the 5th inning, the lead was 8-2 thanks to the batters who scored 3 runs at the end of the 4th inning. Ryu Hyun-jin perfectly completed the mission of catching the last three outcounts. Madrigal third baseman grounder – Amaya pitcher grounder – Morel finished the inning cleanly with a floating ball in left field.
Ryu Hyun-jin had enough energy to throw one more inning with 86 pitches, but he put the ball down without straining as he suffered a calf bruise in the previous pitch. During the attack in the bottom of the 5th inning, Toronto coach John Schneider gave Ryu Hyun-jin in the dugout a sign that he had done his duty, and Ryu immediately agreed and shook hands with his teammates.