Toronto misses early chances, falls 2-5 to Oakland
Current media “Ryu received little support”
By Sang-Cheol Lee = “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) hasn’t won a game in two straight starts in September. On Sept. 2 (KST) against the Colorado Rockies, a bullpen blowout cost him the win, and on Sept. 7 against the Oakland Athletics, a hot bat silenced him.
Ryu Hyun-jin threw 77 pitches over five innings, allowing two runs on five hits (one home run) with one walk and five strikeouts in his start against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
Ryu did what he was supposed to do as a starter, pitching five consecutive games of two earned runs or less dating back to Aug. 14 against the Chicago Cubs, when he picked up his first win of the season, but he took the yoke of his second loss of the season as the team fell to 2-5.
In his return to the majors after recovering from an elbow injury, Ryu collected three wins (one loss) in five games in August, but has yet to report a victory in September.
On Aug. 2, he came on with a 4-2 lead in Colorado to earn the win, but the bullpen promptly gave up the game-winning run, and later in the day, he took the mound with a 1-2 deficit in Oakland.
On that day, Ryu was supported by just one run, the fewest in a game since returning from injury. The Toronto offense, which has been explosive whenever Ryu has been on the mound, struggled throughout the game.
They had runners in scoring position in every inning from the first through the fourth, collecting three hits and four walks but only scoring one run.
In the second inning, Cavan Biggio and Ernie Clement combined for an RBI single, but they were unable to capitalize on runners on second and third in the second inning and runners on second and third in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Dolton Bashaw tried to steal second base with one out, but was thrown out at the plate to put a damper on things.
Toronto was sidelined with injuries to key hitters Bo Bissett, Matt Chapman, and Danny Jansen. Other key hitters Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer were silent, going a combined 4-for-4.
Toronto mounted a late comeback in the top of the eighth inning with a solo shot by Davis Schneider, trailing 1-5, but it wasn’t enough to turn the game around.
Local media also criticized the lethargy of the Toronto bats. “Toronto’s lack of run support for Hyun-jin Ryu cost them a three-game sweep of Oakland,” MLB.com wrote.바카라사이트
“Ryu’s pitches were less sharp than in his previous outings, but he received little support from his teammates after five innings of two-run ball,” the Toronto Sun said.
“Ryu, who has been dazzling since undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John surgery), cruised through the third inning before giving up a leadoff single to Carlos Perez in the fourth and losing the lead for the first time in the series against Oakland,” Sportsnet said of Ryu.