Injury to starting catcher – short rest to batting silence…Toronto loses 2-5
Pitched well, but gave up a fourth-inning home run…also gave up three stolen bases in a game for the first time
Reporter Kim Kyung-yoon = “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36) suffered from a “triple whammy” of injuries to his main catcher, a start after four days of rest, and a silent batting lineup.
Hyun-jin Ryu started the game against the visiting Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., on Sunday (July 7), allowing two runs on five hits (one home run) and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings before being replaced by Trevor Richardson in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score 1-2.
Toronto fell to 2-5 with the extra-base hit and bullpen arson, and Hyun-jin Ryu took his second loss of the season (3-2). His season ERA rose from 2.48 to 2.65.
Ryu threw 77 pitches on the day. He threw a variety of pitches, including 23 cut fastballs, 21 fastballs, 18 changeups, 11 curves, and four sinking fastballs. His fastball topped out at 146 kilometers per hour.
Ryu took the mound in unfamiliar surroundings. His regular catcher, Danny Jansen, was out with an injury, leaving Tyler Heinemann in the catcher’s mitt.
It was also the first time this season he started on four days’ rest instead of five.
Ryu, who returned last month after undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in June of last year, had been following the club’s five-day rest schedule.
As if the conditions weren’t tough enough, Ryu fell apart in the fourth inning.
After a scoreless third inning, he gave up a two-run homer in the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead.
Ryu also gave up three stolen bases on the day. It was the first time in his MLB career that Ryu gave up more than two stolen bases in a game.
Hyun-jin Ryu pitched a stellar first inning, utilizing his “awl” delivery.
In the first inning, he got a triple play on just nine pitches.
He struck out the leadoff batter, Zach Geloff, with a low, outside changeup and the next batter, Brent Rooker, with a grounder to short.
He stuck with his changeup and then fouled off a fastball to the body on a 2-ball-2-strike count.
Ryan Noda induced a grounder to first base on a low fastball and then threw to first base himself to end the inning.
The Toronto offense took some of the pressure off Ryu’s shoulders in the top of the second inning.
After leadoff hitter Cavan Biggio doubled down the left field line, Ernie Clement lined a single to right field for a 1-0 lead.
With support from the bats, Ryu continued to pitch well.
In the top of the second, he retired the leadoff batter, Jordan Diaz, on a wild pitch.
On a two-pitch, one-strike count, Ryu threw back-to-back low curveballs at 109.9 and 100.6 kilometers per hour to keep Díaz off balance, then followed up with a 145.5-kilometer fastball for a groundout.
He then retired Carlos Perez and Kevin Smith on consecutive pitches.
His first hit came in the third inning. He threw a curveball to Nick Allen on the first pitch and allowed a single to left.
But Ryu wasn’t rattled. He induced the next batter, Esteemed Lewis, to fly out to right field to extend the count.
Allen then stole second, but Ryu was able to get Gallop to ground into a double play.
The bats came alive in the fourth inning. Ryu was hit by a changeup to leadoff hitter Rooker and gave up a clean double to left-center field.
Noda followed with a grounder to first that Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. threw to third to pick off Rooker at second.
With the help of his defense, Ryu appeared to settle down, getting Diaz to fly out to right field.
But Ryu threw a curveball to the next batter, Perez, and catcher Heidemann dropped the bound ball, allowing the runner from first to advance to second.
Ryu faltered again, and on a two-pitch, two-strike count, he gave up a 145.6-kilometer fastball to Perez for a two-run homer to left field.
Ryu has allowed a home run in three straight games.
After allowing a 1-2 count, Ryu appeared to get the next batter, Smith, to ground out to shortstop, but this time Toronto shortstop Clement couldn’t get the ball out of his glove fast enough.
The first base umpire called it an out, but video review ruled it an infield hit.
Heading into the dugout, Ryu returned to the mound and was shaken when he gave up a walk to the next batter, Bride.
After a mound visit from his pitching coach to catch his breath, he induced Allen to ground out to shortstop to end the fourth.
The fifth inning was also shaky. Ryu gave up a leadoff single to Lewis and allowed Gallop to steal second base.카지노
Ryu then struck out Gallop and Rooker, but when Noda came up to bat, he allowed Lewis to steal second and third on a throw from the catcher.
Ryu looked stunned, but he got Noda to fly out to right field to end the game.
Toronto gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after Ryu was relieved and scored one run in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to put the game away.