Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-jin Ryu (36) was hit by two home runs but was able to get his third win of the season. A series of defensive errors prevented him from closing out the sixth inning.
Hyun-jin Ryu pitched five innings of four-hit ball, striking out five and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks in his start against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday.
After giving up two home runs in the fifth inning and throwing 60 pitches, Ryu was pulled with the bases loaded in the sixth after back-to-back fielding errors. Reliever Yimi Garcia gave up a wild pitch, but retired three straight batters to end the inning and give Ryu his third win of the season. Ryu raised his season ERA from 1.89 to 2.25.
Throwing 60 pitches by the fifth inning, a ‘no-hitter’ minus two home runs
After retiring Cleveland’s Cole Calhoun on four pitches in the first inning, Ryu gave up a solo home run to left field to Jose Ramirez. Two pitches later, an 87.7-mph (141.1-kilometer) four-seam fastball sailed high in the zone. It was Ramirez’s 20th homer of the season and second off Ryu. It ended a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three games.
He worked Oscar Gonzalez into a favorable two-strike count with three straight changeups, then struck out the side with a four-pitch, low and away, 65.8-mph (105.9-kilometer) curveball. He then induced Ramon Loreano to fly out to second base on a fastball to end the first inning on 11 pitches. Despite the home run, it was an aggressive outing with 10 strikes and one walk.
The Toronto offense responded in the top of the next inning, scoring three runs, including a two-run homer by Davis Schneider, to take a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and a two-run lead, Ryu took the mound in the top of the second, striking out left-hander Andres Jimenez on a low cutter and right-hander Gabriel Arias on a changeup in the zone. He then took Tyler Freeman’s hard-hit grounder and threw to first base with his glove for the third out of the inning.
In the third, Cam Gallagher led off with a double down the left field line. It was a hard hit that could have been caught by Matt Chapman at third base. Miles Straw followed with a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and third with Calhoun short in left field. He then gave up a well-hit ball to Ramirez, but center fielder Dalton Bashaw made a sliding catch to end the threat.
The fourth inning was a triple play again with eight pitches. Gonzalez and Loreano were both timed out by Ryu’s changeup, grounding out to third and flying out to center, respectively. Jimenez then struck out on a three-pitch at-bat, a slow 64.6 mph (104.0 km/h) curveball outside.
In the fifth, Ryu struck out Arias on a 90.8-mph (146.1-kilometer) four-seam fastball, then gave up a solo home run to left off Freeman. A 66.2-mph (106.5-kilometer) curveball, Freeman crushed it. Minimizing the damage with his first two-homer game of the season, both solo shots, Ryu got Gallagher to fly out to shortstop and Straw to ground out to the pitcher to end the five-inning, two-run win.
‘What’s wrong with the defense’: Sixth inning, a close call, and a starters’ win
After finishing the fifth inning with 60 pitches, Ryu took the mound in the sixth. But after a full-count battle with Calhoun, he gave up a single to right to put the leadoff man on first base. He then induced Ramirez to ground out to third, but Chapman couldn’t catch it, putting runners on first and second. In what could have been a game-tying hit, Chapman, the Gold Glove third baseman, made a throwing error.
With runners on first and second, Ryu hit Gonzalez with a low changeup and induced a grounder to shortstop. But another error followed. Shortstop Santiago Espinal dropped the ball, and another error loaded the bases with no outs.
That’s when the Toronto bench decided to make a pitching change. They brought in right-hander Yimi Garcia, who had only thrown 70 pitches. Garcia threw a hard pitch to Loreano and got him to throw it away, allowing the runner to score from third. A run scored on an unearned run by Ryu, and the bases were loaded.
However, Garcia struck out Jimenez, Arias, and Freeman in a row to end the sixth inning without allowing another run, preserving Ryu’s three win requirement.메이저사이트
Ryu’s total for the night was 70 pitches, 49 strikes and 21 balls. In addition to his four-seam fastball (29), which topped out at 90.8 mph (146.1 km/h) and averaged 88.2 mph (141.9 km/h), he threw a changeup (19), curve (13), and cutter (9).