Even the enemy generals were amazed at the performance of Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays), who won the starting game 444 days after elbow surgery.
Chicago Cubs manager David Ross said in an interview , after the 2023 Major League (MLB) away game against Toronto held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korean time), “Ryu Hyun-jin’s speed is still at the desired level. I knew it didn’t come up to the top, but I threw a good ball nonetheless. Especially the changeup was impressive,” he praised Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching.
Ryu Hyun-jin started against the Cubs that day and recorded 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs in 5 innings.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who came down the mound with the requirements for a winning pitcher, succeeded in winning the long-awaited first win of the season as Toronto won 11-4.
On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin evenly threw fastballs (40), changeups (24), cutters (12), and curveballs (10) to cook for the Cubs batters. In particular, following his last appearance, his main weapon changeup was powerful in this game. His greatest strength, his control, also shined.
He gave up 2 points while throwing 31 balls in the first inning, but after quickly resolving the crisis situation, he found his composure, and after that, he completed 5 innings pitching without losing a run.
Cody Bellinger, one of the hottest hitters in the current Cubs, and Seiya Suzuki, a Japanese batter, did not give up a hit and achieved a complete victory.
Thanks to Ryu Hyun-jin’s good pitching, Toronto, which finished its 17th consecutive game, recorded 66 wins and 54 losses in the season, maintaining its 3rd place in the American League wild card.
After more than a year of rehabilitation, Ryu Hyun-jin’s reverse fight left a deep impression on the Cubs coach.