Ryu Hyun-jin pitched well against Oakland.
but gave up a costly two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Bullpen collapses for second loss of the season

카지노사이트Toronto’s Hyun-jin Ryu composes himself after being hit by a two-run home run off Carlos Perez in the fourth inning against Oakland on Sunday. Oakland | AP

Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) pitched well but suffered his second loss of the season.

Ryu allowed two runs on five hits (one home run) with one walk and five strikeouts in five innings of work against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Trailing 1-2, he turned the ball over to the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth inning and was charged with the loss as the A’s fell to 2-5.

The A’s entered the game with the lowest winning percentage (.307) of all 30 major league clubs. The A’s seemed like a relatively easy opponent for Ryu, who pitched five innings of two-run ball in Colorado on April 2 but was left without a win, to try for his fourth win of the season.

Again, Ryu pitched well. He overcame several variables, including his first start on just four days’ rest after more than a year of rehabilitation and the loss of starting catcher Danny Jansen to injury, which gave him the opportunity to partner with Tyler Heinemann for the first time. But a home run cost him the game.

After back-to-back strikeouts in the first and second innings, Ryu worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third, getting a strikeout to end the inning. Toronto struck first in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ryu gave up a run. After a wild pitch loaded the bases with two outs, he was hit by a five-pitch fastball to Carlos Perez for a two-run homer to left field. It was his third straight game with a homer, following a two-run shot at Cleveland on Aug. 27 and a two-run shot at Colorado on Aug. 2. He pitched well, but had his work cut out for him against the long ball.

Ryu was up to 77 pitches by the fifth inning, and Toronto pulled him from the game in the sixth inning on four days’ rest and activated the bullpen.

Despite the loss, Ryu’s performance was well-received. Toronto manager John Schneider said after the game, “For the first time in his career, we didn’t ask him to throw a lot of innings on four days’ rest. He was perfect early in the game, and the ball that hit the home run wasn’t a bad pitch.”

Ryu said, “I pitched well today. Even the ball that gave up the home run was well pitched,” said Ryu. “We don’t have a lot of games left, so it’s really important.”

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