4.2 scoreless innings → Strong game on the verge of victory
The 5th inning is when the winning pitcher requirement is established. If you get one more out, you can expect victory. But I had to come off the mound for the team. As a result, the team won, but as a starting pitcher, he was unable to add a win. Still, I am not disappointed. This is because he gave his all to win the most important team victory at this point.
Ryu Hyun-jin , the 'Korean Monster' of the Toronto Blue Jays of the American Professional Baseball Major League, started the home game against the Boston Red Sox on the 18th (Korean time). He faced the risk of conceding several goals. He was driven into second and third bases with no outs in the second and third innings in a row, and was also in a situation with first and third bases with one out in the fourth inning. But he didn't concede a goal. He displayed his tongue-in-cheek crisis management skills.
Toronto faced a difficult moment in the top of the 5th inning with a 1-0 lead. He gave up a hit after one out and a walk after two outs, putting him in danger again with runners on first and second base with two outs. He had successfully overcome the previous three crises, but this time he was not given the opportunity. The relief pitcher already handed the ball to Garcia. Fortunately, Garcia blocked the follow-up batter, and Ryu Hyun-jin did not record an earned run.
If he had just one more out count, he could have met the requirements for a winning pitcher. However, he did not regret the replacement at all. In a post-game interview, Ryu Hyun-jin said, "Every game is very important for the team to advance to the post-season. The players must accept that part (the timing of player replacements). The bench's judgment must be trusted."
Rather, it was a diagnosis of performance rather than missing the victory. He emphasized, “I tried to weaken the opponent’s hitters,” and “I will focus more on the remaining games so that the team can win.” He immediately put aside thoughts about missing out on victory and took a mature stance by analyzing his performance and shifting his attention to his next appearance.
Toronto scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Ryu Hyun-jin was replaced that day. However, they allowed one run each in the 7th and 9th innings to tie the game. As a result, even if Ryu Hyun-jin had gone 5 innings, the victory would have been lost. Fortunately, the final attack in the bottom of the 9th inning resulted in a walk-off victory. In a way, Ryu Hyun-jin’s thoughts are exactly right. After all, what has passed is past.