메이저사이트Toronto’s Ryu Hyun-jin continued his dominance today (Feb. 2), but bullpen struggles prevented him from picking up his fourth win of the season.
Ryu changed up his pitch mix at Coors Field in Coors Field, Colorado, a place where long balls are pounded.
Instead of the slower curveball that had been his primary weapon since returning from injury, he used a sharp cut fastball to dominate opposing hitters.
The only run he gave up was a two-run homer in the third inning when he threw a changeup.
In the fourth inning, he was jeopardized by a questionable ball call by the umpire, but he showed great crisis management skills by retiring the next batter.
Ryu pitched into the fifth inning and left with a 4-2 lead and the win requirement, but the bullpen gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth to deny him his fourth win of the season.
Riding the momentum of Ryu’s comeback, Toronto was able to pull off the comeback win and stay in the wild card race.