‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) continues cruising toward a big league victory after 438 days.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Cleveland Guardians away game held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on the 8th (Korean time) and is recording perfect pitching up to the 3rd inning.
Ryu Hyun-jin got off to a good start in the 메이저놀이터 bottom of the first inning when he grounded Cleveland’s leading hitter, Stephen Kwan, with a ground ball to first baseman. Following this, he caught Andres Jimenez on a grounder to shortstop, easily increasing his two out counts. He immediately thinned out Jose Ramirez with a grounder in front of the pitcher to create a three-way inning.
He also pitched well in the bottom of the second inning. Leading hitter Oscar Gonzalez hit a straight hit to right field, Cole Calhoun hit a fly ball from left field, and struck out Gabriel Arias with a swing and miss, raising momentum.
Ryu Hyun-jin showed off good condition at the end of the 3rd inning. Leading batter Brajan Roccio struck out, Miles Straw hit straight to right field, and Bo Naylor caught second baseman ground ball, not allowing a single batter to reach base until the third inning.
However, the Toronto lineup could not provide scoring support to Ryu Hyun-jin until the third inning. After two outs in the first inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a double, but George Springer struck out on a swing and failed to get the first run.
After recording his 75th big league win against the Los Angeles Angels on May 27 last year, Ryu Hyun-jin has stopped accumulating wins over the past year due to surgery and rehabilitation. In his return to the major league against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd, he became a losing pitcher with 9 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk and 4 runs in 5 innings.
On this day, if he becomes the winning pitcher against Cleveland, he can win 76 major league career victories in 438 days.
With the Toronto offense underway in the top of the 4th inning, both teams are facing each other 0-0.