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Ryu performs flawless pitching before hitting snag

Posted September. 19, 2017 07:36,   

Updated September. 19, 2017 08:33


In an away game against the Washington Nationals held at the Nationals Park on Sunday, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin displayed quality pitching by giving three hits, two walks, five strikeouts and no run during four and two thirds of innings. He continued to perform immaculate pitching through the fourth inning, before hitting a snag following an excessive number of pitches.

The decisive factor was two walks that he gave in the fifth inning. He was close to securing his sixth win in this season, up until the moment he dealt with center fielder Michael Taylor in the fifth inning when his team was leading 1-0. He was negatively affected by a protracted showdown through his 11th pitches with eighth batter Matt Wieters. Ryu garnered strikeout off Wieters to secure two outs, but got exhausted. Even in his faceoff with ninth batter Stephen Strasburg, whom he used to handle with ease in previous games, Ryu ended up giving a walk after throwing nine pitches.

Overall, Ryu threw powerful pitches, by showing diverse menacing pitches such as fastballs with a speed of up to 150 kilometers, changeups, cutters and curves. In the fifth inning, which is considered the standard number of innings for a starting pitcher, however, Ryu failed to instill his coaching staff with a sense of strong trust in him. The Dodgers, which had made four consecutive wins, ended up with an upset loss of 1-7 in the game. Ryu saw his ERA improve from 3.59 to 3.46, but maintains five wins and seven losses in this season.

Heon-Jae Lee uni@donga.com