Slow curveballs get him out of trouble, perfect pitches and seasoned command.
‘This is what an ace looks like’ as Toronto snaps three-game losing streak, wins three straight starts
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB) proved to be an ace as he won his third straight start to end the team’s three-game losing streak.
The right-hander pitched five innings of four-hit ball, striking out five and allowing three runs (two earned) in an 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday. Ryu extended his winning streak to three starts, and Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak to stay in the American League (AL) wild-card race for a postseason berth.
Although he gave up two solo home runs, Ryu was efficient, mixing his curveball with his changeup. Of the 70 pitches he threw on the day, 49 were strikes, and his season ERA improved slightly from 1.89 to 2.25. He took the mound in the sixth inning, but was pulled with the bases loaded due to a series of errors by the infield, denying him his first quality start in 464 days (6+ innings, 3 runs or less).
Leading 5-2 in the sixth, Ryu gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but induced an infield grounder to the next batter, Jose Ramirez. However, Toronto third baseman Matt Chapman made a throwing error to put runners on first and second. Ryu got the next batter, Oscar Gonzalez, to ground into an infield single, but this time shortstop Santiago Espinal lost the ball. Eventually, Ryu turned the mound over to Garcia. Garcia gave up a run on a wild pitch, but retired the next three batters to preserve Ryu’s win.카지노사이트
Ryu’s fastball only reached 146 kilometers per hour on the day, but he used his off-speed pitches and an elusive 104-kilometer-per-hour curveball for strikes to improve to 3-1 since returning from rehab.
Toronto manager John Schneider said after the game, “He’s a great guy. He’s efficient, he’s got great stuff.” However, Ryu said, “Honestly, I’m not surprised (he got his velocity back). The most important thing is to get healthy,” he said of rookie second baseman Davis Schneider, who went 3-for-3 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored, including the game-winning two-run homer. “He’s done a great job since coming up from the minors, offensively, defensively and on the bases. He’s doing a great job for the team.”