Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) won a decision victory against Cody Bellinger, his first teammate. In the battle of pride between Korea and Japan, they won overwhelmingly.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Chicago Cubs home game at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korea Standard Time) and pitched well with two hits, two walks, three strikeouts and two runs in five innings. In a crisis caused by a fielder’s error in the top of the first inning, he hit the right timing and gave up two runs first, but then showed perfect pitching with only one hit in four innings. When Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound, Toronto’s batters supported eight points, and Toronto won 11-4, and Ryu Hyun-jin won his first win of the season and his 76th major league victory after recovering from elbow surgery. It was also the first victory in 444 days since the LA Angels match on May 27 last year.
The Cubs are a team that is hot enough to lead the scoring in the second half, and at the center of it was Cody Bellinger, the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2019 season. At that time, he was a batter who was eating with Ryu Hyun-jin at the LA Dodgers, but he has since gone downhill and was traded to the Cubs ahead of this season. He seemed to be having a hard time recovering, but he had a batting average of 0.331 until the previous day (13th).
Ryu Hyun-jin induced Ian Habs to ground out at first base with one out in the top of the first inning, but first baseman Brandon Belt made a catch error and was on the verge of losing a point. In this situation, I faced Bellinger, who came out as the fourth batter. Ryu Hyun-jin was placed in an unfavorable ball count (3 balls-1 strike), but after shaking Bellinger’s batting point with a center fielder fastball (cutter), he played his sixth four-seam fastball (143.9 kilometers per hour) on the high course. Inducing a fly ball to left field, suppressing steam.
In the second game against Bellinger, he allowed a base, and Toronto faced off as the leadoff hitter in the top of the fourth inning with a 5-2 lead, but allowed a walk after a neck-and-neck race to the seventh pitch. The change-up, which used to be used from full count to outside (based on left-handed batters), to low courses, was out of the strike zone.
Although the leadoff hitter was allowed to get on base, Ryu Hyun-jin overcame the crisis by handling follow-up hitter Dancebee Swanson with a fly ball, and in this situation, he started an eye-catching match-up again. The opponent is Japanese batter Seiya Suzuki. He is a player who broke the relay of repeated failures of outfielders from NPB (Japanese Professional Baseball) such as Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Shogo Akiyama. Last season, he batted .262 with 14 home runs, and marked 10 home runs this season as well.
Ryu Hyun-jin killed Suzuki in two pitches, and after throwing his first fastball in the middle, he stole the swing timing with an outside (based on right-handed batters), and the missed ball went to right field.
In his first game against Suzuki in the top of the first inning, Ryu Hyun-jin threw a strike with two inside fastballs and induced a fly ball to right field with an outside changeup, and the result was the same as the decisive ball twice. Suzuki was no threat to Ryu Hyun-jin.