Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) suffered an unexpected defeat against the last-place team in the American League West.
The Toronto Blue Jays lost 2-5 in Game 3 of the away game against the Oakland Athletics in the 2023 Major League Baseball at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on the 7th (Korea Standard Time).
Toronto, ranked third in the American League East, failed to win four consecutive games and recorded a season record of 77-63. The joy of jumping to third place in the wild card the previous day had to wait and see the results of the game between the fourth-ranked Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros, while Oakland, who succeeded in escaping its second straight game as the last in the West, finished 43-97.
Toronto had a lineup of George Springer (designate hitter) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first baseman) – Davis Schneider (second baseman) – Whit Merrifield (left fielder) – Cavan Vizio (right fielder) – Santiago Espinal (third baseman) – Ernie Clement (shortstop) – Dalton Basho (center fielder) – Tyler Heineman.
Toronto took the lead. After Biggio led the game in the second inning with a double to open the scoring, Clement, who came up with a chance with one out and two on base, hit a timely hit to right with one RBI, breaking the balance of zero.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been cruising until the 3rd inning with 1 hit and no runs, contributed a comeback in the 4th inning. Ryu Hyun-jin got off to a shaky start after being hit by a double from leadoff leader Brent Luker. When Ryan Noda’s follow-up ground ball to first base, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chose third base with advanced defense, resulting in one out and first base instead of one out and third base, and even though Jordan Diaz was treated as a fly ball to right field on the first pitch, the run could not be prevented. Following a wild pitch, he gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Perez.
The fifth pitch, a low four-seam fastball (90.5 mph) thrown at a ball count of 2B-2S, headed toward the inside of the left pole. It was Ryu Hyun-jin’s home run in his last three consecutive games and his fifth home run of the season.
Toronto gave up an additional run in the 6th inning when Ryu Hyun-jin went down. The changed pitcher, Trevor Richards, allowed a three-run shot to left-center against Smith, who was on first and second base with no outs due to consecutive hits by Diaz and Perez. It was a moment when the opponent was completely defeated.
Toronto gave chase with one out in the 8th inning with Schneider’s solo home run to left, but the opponent was already in the mood for victory.
Toronto starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin suffered his second loss (3 wins) of the season due to a lack of batting support despite allowing 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings. He tasted defeat 36 days after the game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 2nd, which was his return game from injury. Biggio’s two hits and Schneider’s home run and two walks were overshadowed in the loss.
On the other hand, Oakland starter JP Sears earned his 4th win (11 losses) of the season with a good pitching in 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 1 run. In the batting lineup, Perez led the victory with 2 hits in 3 at bats, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, and Smith went 2 hits in 3 at bats, 3 RBIs and 1 run.