Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays struggled in the final inspection.
Ryu Hyun-jin started the home game against the Philadelphia Phillies at TD Ball Park on the 27th (Korea time) and allowed three runs in 4+ innings, eight hits, one homer, one walk, and one out. He pitched 89 pitches.
The game was not easy against Philadelphia’s elite batters. Overall, the speedball’s arrest fell compared to the last game, and the control was not sharp. He had to be satisfied with raising the number of pitches.
Ryu Hyun-jin has launched a final inspection against Philadelphia. Photograph by Kim Jae-ho (U.S. Duniden)= Correspondent
It was hard from the first inning. It was regrettable that he gave up a walk after seven-ball match with Bryce Harper at first out and second base. He didn’t even have a chance. Jin Segura’s bat on the change-up was an ordinary ground ball hit, but the course was deep, making it an infield hit and leading to the bases loaded.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s control was not sharp either. He allowed a run against Didi Gregorius at the bases when a curve was hit by the arm to attach to the first pitch. He ended the inning with a series of false swings against Andrew Nap by changing against Andrew Nap.
It was no different in the second inning. It was a pity to win Ronald Torreyes in the first round. He took the 0-2 count, but the opponent continued to play with a persistent foul. In the end, the ninth fastball thrown in the 3-2 full count was driven to the center and hit a left-handed hit.
He didn’t even have a chance. The next batter Andrew McCutchen’s grounder passed through the shift, making it a right-handed hit. Although he was on the verge of first and second bases, he finished the inning with J.T. Real Muto and Harper flying balls.
The Philadelphia batters didn’t let Ryu sit still in the third inning. The leadoff hitter, Reese Hoskins, played a 12-ball game with Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin was not behind either. He struck out with a change-up in the full count. If Judge Cutter Dan Mussel, who had been in the outer zone for the third pitch, had held the match, the match would not have been this long.
The next batter, Jin Se-goo, made a surprise bunt on the first pitch. He made an exquisite hit to third baseman and became a hit. Ryu Hyun-jin, who struck out the next batter Didi Gregorius in four pitches, went down the mound when he filled 65 pitches. Ty Ties, who had warmed up since the first inning, came up and finished the inning instead.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who came back to the mound in the fourth inning, again allowed Torreyes a left-handed hit after seven pitches, but finished the inning without losing a run. It was helpful that third baseman Caban Vizio calmly handled the strong hits of Scott Kingley and McCutchen. He also saved the number of pitches by catching a hit in the first pitch against the two batters.
He took the mound to fill 90 pitches in the fifth inning, but he was sorry to finish. First hitter Bryce Harper allowed a solo home run over the middle fence, and Hoskins also allowed a double to the top of the left fence. Segura finished the day by catching and putting out his own ball.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who finished his appearance, immediately moved to the bullpen and completed additional pitches before finishing the day’s schedule.
Ahn Jung-hwan (45), an MBC commentator, recalled his career during the Korea-Japan match on the 25th. This means that the meaning of the match between Korea and Japan was so different for the players. Korea’s crushing defeat was so bitter. The reason for the colder fan sentiment was not only the score, but also the fighting spirit of the players that was not found throughout the game.
The Korean national soccer team, led by Paulo Bento (52, Portugal), lost 0-3 in the warm-up match against Japan at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The match between Korea and Japan, which was held as an A-match friendly match, was the first time in 10 years since the “Saporo disaster” in 2011, and as it was, it was the second 0-3 defeat in history.
Even before the start, the prevailing view was that it would be a difficult game. Compared to Japan, where nine Europeans were convened, South Korea was excluded due to injuries to major European players such as Son Heung-min (29, Tottenham), Hwang Ui-jo (29, Bordeaux), and Hwang Hee-chan (25, Leipzig). Lee Kang-in (20, Valencia) and Jung Woo-young (22, Freiburg) were the only Europeans to be convened. Lee Kang-in was not the main player of the national team yet, and Jung Woo-young was the first call-up.
On the other hand, in Japan, besides Takumi Minamino (26, South Hampton), who plays in the English Premier League (EPL), Yoshida is also the best player. There were many European big league players such as Maya (33, Sampdoria), Domiyas Takehiro (23, Bologna), Endo Wataru (28, Stuttgart), and Daichi Kamada (25, Frankfurt). The fact that eight out of 11 starting line-ups were filled with Europeans also meant that they were inferior in objective power.
The Korean national soccer 스포츠중계 team was disappointed after losing 0-3 in Yokohama, Japan, on the 25th. /Photo = Korea Football Association
Still, it was ‘Korea-Japan War.’ As senior commentator Ahn Jung-hwan did, it was a game where fighting spirit and fighting spirit must be laid out, as has been the case with the Korea-Japan matches. Yoshida, Japan’s captain, also said in an interview the day before the game, “I told the players that they may not fit the current era, but they have to face it even if their legs are broken or their bodies are broken.”
However, there was no fighting spirit, fighting spirit, or concentration in the performance of the national team for the entire 90 minutes. The same was true of all three runs. In the 17th minute of the first half, defenders delayed the ball, and the back space was pierced, and in the 27th minute, the defense gave up space while hesitating. Endo connected to Heather defenselessly when he lost a corner kick in the 38th minute of the second half. The opponent created the opportunity too easily and did not miss it.
The same was true of pressure. Except for the scene where “The Youngest” Lee Kang-in showed forward pressure in the middle of the first half, the pressure was loose throughout the game. There was no bold physical fight or harsh pressure. Few players tried this boldly. The mentality that Yoshida, the opponent’s captain, emphasized was not found in Korean players.
Among online interviews attended by Kim Young-kwon (31, Gamba Osaka) after the game, questions about “fighting” were asked. Kim Young-kwon said, “I thought the players should show their fighting spirit before the game, and I went to the stadium thinking that I should overwhelm them through such play,” but added, “It was difficult and lacking in many ways in the stadium.” “I should have shown more flexibility in my fighting spirit, but I’m sorry about that.” Not only the fans but also the players who played on the ground were aware of the disappeared fighting spirit.