‘Aesthetics of relief’ with a slow curveball
Most strikeouts since returning, 2 wins on the season
Ryu: “All pitches were good”
“Curve is 100 out of 100”
Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) pitched a no-hitter for the third straight game and picked up his second win of the season. On April 21, Ryu started a road game against Cincinnati and allowed two runs (unearned) on five hits and four walks with one strikeout in seven innings. After being removed in the sixth inning with a 9-2 lead, Ryu earned his second win of the season as Toronto went on to win 10-3.메이저놀이터
Ryu, who spent more than a year rehabbing after undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last year, is quickly finding his groove with each outing. He picked up his first win with a five-inning no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on April 14 and followed it up with another five-inning no-hitter today. He struck out the most batters since his return and lowered his ERA to 1.89.
His opponent was hard-throwing right-hander Hunter Green. Green, a young pitcher in his second year in the big leagues, touched 100.3 mph (161.4 km/h).
Hyun-jin Ryu, an 11-year veteran of the big leagues, was only able to reach 89.6 mph (144.2 km/h). It wasn’t as fast as his previous outing against Baltimore on Feb. 2 (146.5 mph) and was nearly 17 mph slower than Green. But his changeup, curveball, and cut fastball were all in perfect control. The curveball was the key on this day. Ryu wreaked havoc on the aggressive Cincinnati hitters by dropping a curveball that slowed down to 105.4 mph. After seven right-handed hitters reacted quickly to his changeup early in the game, Ryu switched to his deciding pitch. Left-handed batters couldn’t get a handle on the curveball, which curved outward against lefties and dropped in toward the body against righties. The difference between the top of his fastball (144.2 kilometers) and the bottom of his curve (105.4 kilometers) was a whopping 39 kilometers.
Toronto’s hitters provided plenty of early run support, as they limited Green to 10 hits (five homers), three walks, and nine runs in three innings, and Ryu worked out of two jams to secure the win.
He remained calm after back-to-back errors. In the bottom of the second inning, with runners on first and third, he got Noelby Marte to fly out to left field, but third baseman Matt Chapman made a bad throw to second trying to catch the runner at first, allowing both runners to score. Ryu induced T.J. Friedle to ground out to first, but this time, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made the throw to first. Despite back-to-back errors, Ryu calmly got Luke Mailly to fly out to right field to end the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, with runners on first and second, Ryu got T.J. Hopkins to fly out on a full count, then struck out Eli de la Cruz on a slow 107.5 mph curveball to end the inning with a three-pitch strikeout, totaling 83 pitches.
“I knew they were going to be aggressive, so the key was to get in the count as quickly as possible,” Ryu said after the game. “I think I need to raise my velocity a little bit more, but I think it’s okay if I can do that today. All of my pitches were working well.” He was particularly pleased with his curveball, which he said was “a 100 out of 100.”