Ryu overcomes ‘pitcher’s graveyard’…”Pitching like a seven-inning no-hitter” praised by local media

“Two runs in five innings at Coors Field is the equivalent of a seven-inning no-hitter in another ballpark.”

“Ryu’s five innings of two-run ball at Coors Field is the equivalent of a seven-inning no-hitter (elsewhere),” said Canadian outlet Sportsnet, referring to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryu Hyun-jin.

Toronto defeated the Colorado Rockies 13-9 on Sunday (Feb. 2) at Coors Field in Denver, Colo. It was Toronto’s second straight win. Ryu Hyun-jin pitched well on the day, though his bullpen struggles cost him the win.

One of the hits was a solo home run. After a perfect second inning, Ryu threw a cutter to leadoff hitter Nolan Jones in the third and allowed a single to right. It was his first hit. He followed that up with a two-run homer to Montero. But he didn’t falter and got through the fifth inning.

Ryu left the mound after five innings, 76 pitches, four hits (one home run), two walks, three strikeouts, and two runs. His season ERA increased slightly from 2.25 to 2.38, but he was able to get the win.

According to Sportsnet, “Ryu could have continued into the sixth inning, but Toronto manager John Schneider opted to go with a well-rested bullpen.” As it turned out, Ryu could have pitched another inning. Ryu had thrown 76 pitches by the fifth inning. 토토사이트

After Ryu was pulled, Toronto immediately scored a run. On top of that, Ryu hasn’t had a great history at Coors Field. At the “hitter-friendly ballpark” and “pitcher’s graveyard” located 1,600 meters above sea level, Ryu is 1-4 with a 7.09 ERA in six games (21 earned runs in 26⅔ innings). He gave up eight home runs at Coors Field alone.

That’s why his outing stood out. The right-hander showed his true colors against the Rockies. In addition, despite some unfortunate umpiring decisions in the game, Ryu was unshakable.

With one out in the fourth inning and Hunter Goodman on base, Ryu’s six-pitch, 88.8-mph four-seam fastball was in the strike zone as he battled Jones. But the umpire didn’t budge. He called the pitch a strike.

Ryu fought Montero, who had given up a home run in the third inning, with only a fastball, and got a grounder to the second baseman. It was a glimpse of Ryu’s guts and experience.

Ryu’s four-seam fastball topped out at 90.1 mph (145 km/h) and averaged 87.9 mph (141.5 km/h). But it wasn’t all about his fastball. He finished his Coors Field outing with a sharp mix of pitches, including a changeup and cutter.

Ryu threw five innings of two-run (unearned) baseball against Cincinnati on April 21, a performance that MLB.com called “a reminder of what Ryu is capable of at his best,” adding, “Ryu didn’t throw a ‘wow’ pitch, but he made smart pitches to keep hitters in check.”

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