By Jang Won Seo = The Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Chicago Cubs in back-to-back games, dropping their third straight. A day later, a heavier weight was placed on the shoulders of Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto), who will start the final game of the series against the Cubs.
Toronto lost 4-5 at home to the Chicago Cubs in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday.
With the loss, the Jays dropped their second straight game and fell to 65-54 in the American League East. Conversely, the Cubs, winners of two straight, clinched the division and improved to 61-56.
Toronto took an early lead in the third inning, but gave up four runs in the fourth, including a three-run homer by Dansby Swanson.
However, Toronto tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth on a two-run homer by Whit Merrifield and an RBI single by Santiago Espinal with runners on first and second in the sixth.
The teams remained scoreless until the eighth inning, when the Cubs broke the tie with a run in the top of the ninth.
After leadoff hitter Cody Bellinger walked and Swanson was retired on a fielder’s choice, Christopher Morel hit an RBI double to put the game out of reach. Toronto was held scoreless in the bottom of the ninth and the game ended in favor of the Cubs.
With Toronto unable to snap the losing streak, the onus is now on Ryu Hyun-jin, who takes the mound for the final game of the series on Thursday.카지노
Ryu was removed from the game against the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 8 after taking a hard hit to the knee while pitching, but thankfully escaped serious injury, so he’ll be back on the mound after five days of rest.
The game on Thursday is also the final game of Toronto’s 17-game road trip. It will be interesting to see if Hyun-jin Ryu, who will be looking for his first win since returning from injury as well as the team’s losing streak stopper, can save the day in his third start of the season.