Ryu Hyun-jin tied for 1st place in AL with 11 wins in his first appearance at Rogers Center
Ryu Hyun-jin (34), the ace of the Toronto Blue Jays, the only team in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) to win for the first time in front of home fans.
Ryu started a home game against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 4th (Korea time) and hit seven hits in seven innings, but struck out eight and blocked the game with two runs.
He had 99 pitches and did not allow walks.
The Toronto lineup, which supports Ryu Hyun-jin’s scoring every time he takes the mound this season, drove his team’s victory 7-2 by hitting 12 hits, including two home runs.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who recorded 11 wins and 5 losses this season, tied for first place with Chris Bassett (Auckland Athletics) and the American League (AL).
The ERA fell from 3.26 to 3.22.
On December 23, 2019, Ryu signed a four-year contract with Toronto for $80 million (about 93 billion won), but has never played at home due to the spread of new coronavirus infections (Corona 19).
Ryu Hyun-jin, who first appeared at the home stadium in 585 days after saying “Hello Canada, Bonjour” at a ceremony in Toronto on December 28 of that year, struck out a 144km fastball against Miles Straw at the Rogers Center and received applause for his change-up.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who struck out No. 2 Ahmed Rosario as well, finished the first inning by catching No. 3 Jose Ramirez as a center fielder.
After the airlift shift, Toronto’s lineup got a head start.
In the bottom of the first inning, leadoff hitter George Springer hit a left-wall solo home run against Cleveland starter Jack Fleesack.
After two outs, Bo Bisset went to second base with infield hits and catcher fastballs, and Theosca Hernandez shot a superior two-run homer to make 3-0.
Ryu Hyun-jin also blocked the second inning with a three-way exit.
Cleveland, which had not been able to break through the attack path, was on base with a surprise bunt hit by Oscar Mercado, the leadoff hitter, in the top of the third inning.
Ryu struck out Roberto Perez, but allowed Ernie Clement to hit a right-handed hit and drove him to first and second base with one out.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin passed the ball without losing a point by dealing with the follow-up batters Straw and Rosario with consecutive outfield balls.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who allowed a missed infield hit by leadoff hitter Jose Ramirez in the top of the fourth inning, allowed one run on a superior double by Bobby Bradley two outs later.
Toronto’s defense, which started on the relay, was the right time to catch the runner at home, but second baseman Semian allowed a run by throwing a bad pitch.
Toronto hit back immediately after the airlift shift.
After Hernandez hit a left-handed hit and Laurides Guriel Jr. had a chance to score second and third base with one out with a superior double, Braivik Valera added one point with an infield grounder.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ryu Hyun-jin handled three balls, and the players of the debate hitters cheered up again in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Springer hit a double and Semian hit a left-handed hit, followed by Visset’s outfield sacrifice fly and Hernandez’s timely hit, which allowed two runs and a 6-1 run.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who won the game, easily caught two outcounts in the top of the sixth inning, but allowed one run again after two outs by Fran Mil Reyes and Arold Ramirez.
Ryu Hyun-jin allowed Bradley a straight infield hit, continuing the crisis of first and third bases with two outs, but ended the inning by striking out Mercado with a big curve.
Toronto also ran 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, adding one run to Liz Maguire’s bunt double and Springer’s sacrifice fly 안전놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin, who also took the mound in the seventh inning, struck out two strikeouts and neatly blocked the mound with a three-way walk.
Toronto finished the game without losing a point in the top of the eighth inning with Rafael Dolis and Ryan Boruki taking the mound in the top of the ninth inning.