“I wanted to end the losing streak I started”…Ryu Hyun-jin delivers on his promise as an ace

Ryu Hyun-jin (37-Hanwha Eagles) won his first comeback victory in 12 years and his 99th win in the Korean Professional Baseball Organization (KBO). The returning ‘monster’ has shown a sense of responsibility as an ace who is more about the team’s victory than his own.

Ryu started the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Nov. 11 and pitched six innings of one-hit ball with two walks and eight strikeouts to lead his team to a 3-0 victory.

Ryu Hyun-jin earned his 99th career KBO victory, his first in 4,216 days since September 25, 2012, against Doosan. Ryu is 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA on the season.

Hanwha snapped a five-game losing streak behind the ace’s performance and picked up their ninth win in nine games.

After failing to pick up a win from the opening game against the LG Twins on March 23 to the Kiwoom Heroes on March 5, Ryu pitched a near-perfect game to end his team’s losing streak.

He seemed to take responsibility for his previous outing against Kiwoom, where he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) in five innings, which started the team’s losing streak.

“I promised the head coach in the hotel sauna before the game that I would end the losing streak because it started because of me, and I feel good that I kept my promise,” said Ryu after his first win back.

It was his first comeback win in 12 years. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but I’m glad I focused on every inning and I think I got through it,” he said. “It’s good to see the fans come to the stadium, home or away, and it’s good to see a good performance.”

Ryu was particularly focused on his changeup in this game. After struggling with his changeup in previous games, Ryu worked hard to adjust the speed of his arm swing when throwing the changeup. As a result, he struck out four batters with the changeup alone.

He threw 94 pitches that day, with his changeup (31) being his second most common pitch after his fastball (32).

“My changeup has been a problem since I came to Korea, but I’m happy with how it worked today,” Ryu said, explaining, “I had the same grip, but I got my arm swing a 토토사이트 little faster, which helped.”

The victory also allowed Ryu to laugh off a mistake by teammate Jonathan Peraza.

In the top of the sixth inning, Peraza missed a simple fly ball to right field by Kyung-min Heo. Luckily, Ryu got Yang Ji and Kim Jae-hwan to fly out to right field to end the threat.

“I didn’t manage my facial expression a little bit at that time,” Ryu said with a smile, “but I think the batters’ subsequent pitches went to that side of the plate, so Peraza was more focused.”

After the victory, Ryu didn’t hide his desire to reach 100 career wins.

“I’m preparing for every game with the same mindset,” he said, “and I think if I continue to play the role of a starter like I did today, 100 wins will follow.


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