“I wasn’t really sure”… The last eight balls, and why Ryu was happy with them

“I wasn’t really sure온라인바카라.”

After his third rehab start, Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) smiled with satisfaction. It was a satisfying outing in which he managed both his innings and his pitch count, two of the most important tasks for a big league start.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched five innings of three-hit ball (one homer) with no walks and five strikeouts against the Toledo BirdHens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) on 16 June at Salmon Field in Buffalo, N.Y. For the first time since his rehab start, the right-hander went the full five innings, a basic task for a starting pitcher, as his team won 8-2 to earn his first career Triple-A victory.

Toronto’s target pitch count for the start was 65. He was on the verge of reaching the 80-100 pitch mark that Toronto general manager Ross Atkins has set for big league call-ups.

Ryu threw 58 pitches through the fourth inning. To finish the fifth inning and earn the win, he needed to retire three batters on seven pitches, which he did. He retired the next two batters on three pitches and then struck out the final batter, Andrew Knapp, on a swinging strike with five pitches. Although he was only one pitch over, Ryu’s pitch count management was outstanding.

The final eight pitches meant a lot to Ryu, who told the Canadian media outlet Toronto Star after the game, “I was really unsure. I had to throw 65 pitches. I wanted to compete with the hitters as quickly as possible, and I’m really happy with (the result),” he said, smiling broadly.

The Toronto Star reported, “Ryu threw mostly fastballs in the first inning (nine out of 18 pitches) and then started to rely on his cutter a little more in the second. His velocity dropped a bit, but he was still getting strikes with regularity.

Ryu said, “I didn’t intentionally throw that way. You have to mix up your pitches. You can’t throw the same pattern to every batter. So I had to change my pitch mix later on,” he said.

Ryu Hyun-jin makes his third start. Buffalo Bisons SNS

He was even more satisfied with his performance in Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. Previously, Ryu had pitched in the Rookie League for the past five days and Single-A for the past 10 days to get a feel for the game.

“I’m really happy because I pitched at a higher level, and now I can focus on what I need to do a little bit more,” Ryu said. I feel good that I’m executing my plan.”

Ryu has been rehabbing for about 13 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June last year. Ryu has been pitching consistently well in his minor league rehabilitation stint, which is the final gateway to his return to the big leagues.

Local media in the United States and Canada reported on the same day that “Ryu’s return to the big leagues seems to be really close”. The expectation is that Ryu will pitch two or three more Triple-A games and then join Toronto as soon as he feels fit. It won’t be long before we see him back on the mound in the big leagues.

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