Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin’s turn has come.
Toronto earned a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday (Feb. 20) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. They avenged a 0-1 loss the previous day (Sept. 19). After snapping a two-game losing streak, Toronto will send left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin to the mound on the final day of the trip to Cincinnati on April 21 to try to win a second straight.
Ryu is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts since his return. He picked up his first win against the Chicago Cubs on April 14, allowing two runs (unearned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
The Cincinnati rookie will be the one to watch as he seeks his second win of the season. The rookie also had a fellow All-Star on the mound.
On Tuesday, right-hander Chris Bassitt earned his 12th win of the season with six innings of three-run ball, with one of the three runs coming from shortstop Eli De La Cruz, who has been labeled a “monster rookie” in the majors.
Bassitt had pitched a no-hitter through three innings before giving up a solo home run to T.J. Friedle in the top of the fourth. He then gave up a walk to Matt McClain and a triple to right-center field to De La Cruz. An error by the right fielder allowed De La Cruz to cross the plate.
The Cincinnati rookie, who boasts a 160 kilometer per hour ‘bullet’, is also quick on his feet. He has the ability to make contact and hit for power. His weaknesses are still a big swing and a lot of strikeouts, but he’s a player that Ryu needs to be wary of.
Through 20 games, De La Cruz is hitting .314 with a .462 on-base percentage and .776 OPS with 10 doubles, 27 RBI, 19 walks in 62 games this season.
In his 20th game, he started at shortstop and batted third, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, one RBI and one run scored. It was his fourth multi-hit game in August. His hitting seemed to slow down in July and August before picking up again.
Ryu, who tasted victory against the Cubs 444 days after his Tommy John rehabilitation, also earned his first win of the season in Cincinnati last year with six innings of one-hit ball.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher is “hard-throwing” Hunter Green. Green is in his second year in the majors and has pitched on Opening Day before.메이저사이트
Green was placed on the disabled list last month and made a rehab start at Triple-A on April 17. He threw 83 pitches in 5⅔ innings. His fastball averaged 97.4 mph that day, according to MLB.com. It was up to 100 mph (about 160 kilometers).
It will be interesting to see if Ryu can hold off the Cincinnati ‘monster rookie’ and get the laugh in a starting battle with Green.