Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), a Gold Glove winner who protects the Toronto Blue Jays’ hot corner, repeatedly performs poorly in pitching games. This is about Matt Chapman (30).
Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Boston Red Sox held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 18th (Korean time) and allowed 6 hits and no runs over 4 1/3 innings. He showed his crisis management skills by pitching scoreless runs for three consecutive innings (2nd to 4th) even with a runner on third base. In the top of the 5th inning, he came down the mound in a crisis with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, and although he failed to fulfill the requirements of a winning pitcher, he did his part by protecting the team lead (score 1-).
Ryu Hyun-jin came off the mound in the top of the 5th inning with 2 outs and runners on first base after allowing another walk to Boston’s leading hitter Rafael Devers, who had previously given up a hit and a walk. The number of pitches (83) was also higher than this season’s average (76.5), but the follow-up batter was Adam Duvall, who gave up a double in the top of the second inning. Toronto, which is competing for the American League (AL) wild card position, was desperate for a win, and Toronto manager John Schneider decided to replace the pitcher in this situation.
The runner responsible for Ryu Hyun-jin did not score. Toronto’s second pitcher, already Garcia, struck out Duvall and overcame the crisis without allowing any runs.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who failed to complete 5 innings with 1 out left, did not meet the requirements for a winning pitcher. If the number of pitches had been in the 70s, the game with Duval could have continued.
It is disappointing that the number of pitches increased due to a fielder’s error in the top of the 4th inning. Ryu Hyun-jin hit leadoff hitter Pablo Sanchez with a hit at 0-0, and also induced Trevor Story to follow up with an ordinary grounder to the left. However, Toronto third baseman Chapman failed to properly capture the point where the ball fell out of bounds and committed a fumble. Although he apologized late, the batter-runner had already reached first base.
In the ensuing situation, Ryu Hyun-jin was hit by Bobby Dalbec to the left. However, he ended the inning without allowing a run by inducing a double play (shortstop – 2nd baseman – 1st baseman) to the follow-up batter, Reese McGuire.
There were only 4 more balls thrown after the goal was conceded, but the opportunity to create a good trend with a three-way strike was missed due to Chapman’s defensive error. Even with no outs on first base in the top of the third inning, Chapman was unable to handle Sedanni Raffaella’s hard hit.
Chapman is a Gold Glove winner in the AL third baseman category in the 2018, 2019, and 2021 seasons. His defense is the best in the league. However, the defense is particularly shaky in games in which Ryu Hyun-jin appears. On the 21st of last month, in the top of the 6th inning against the Cleveland Guardians, with no outs on first base, he made a catching error on Jose Ramirez’s ordinary batted ball. He missed a chance to make it a double play. In the bottom of the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds on August 21, Chapman’s mistake on defense led to a run.
Ryu Hyun-jin returned after completing elbow surgery rehabilitation treatment on August 2nd. On this day (18th), the game against Boston was his 8th appearance of the season. For him, it is more important to prove the content of the game and durability than the number of wins. Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitch against Boston, which demonstrated his crisis management ability, is not expected to be undervalued due to a fielder’s error.
It is unfortunate that he did not pitch five innings in consecutive games. He had pitched 5 or more innings in 6 consecutive games since the game against Cleveland on August 8th, 안전놀이터 when he was forced out after being hit in the knee by a batted ball, but that record was put on hold on this day.
Although ‘Hyunjin Ryu’s helper’ could not do it, Chapman became a hero for Toronto fans in the Boston match that day. He hit a walk-off hit and led to a 3-2 victory.
In the top of the 9th inning, when Toronto was ahead 2-1, pitcher Chad Green hit a left-field solo home run to Devers with two outs and tied the game. However, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Cavan Biggio got on base with a single with one out, and Chapman hit Garrett Whitlock’s sinker with a double that hit the center wall and brought the runner on first base.
Toronto, which had suffered four straight losses to wild card rival Texas Rangers, won all three games against Boston and recorded its 83rd win (67 losses). On this day, Texas lost 2-9 to Cleveland, falling into their third straight loss. Toronto rose to second place in the AL Wild Card.