Ryu Hyun-jin Has Worst Start of Season Against Colorado

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    July 01, 2019 11:14

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers had his worst start of the season so far against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Friday, suffering his second loss of the season.

    Ryu gave up nine hits including three homers, one walk and seven earned runs, while striking out four in five innings. At the bottom of the fifth inning when the Dodgers were leading 5-2, Ryu allowed hits to five consecutive hitters and gave up five runs, coming off the mound with the score at 7-5 to the Rockies. Garrett Hampson started off with a double, Pat Valaika followed with a home run, Charlie Blackmon with a base hit, Ian Desmond with a double, and David Dahl with a home run.

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dogers leaves the game in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Friday. /AFP-Yonhap

    The Dodgers eventually lost the game 13-9 and Ryu's ERA climbed from 1.27 to 1.83 with nine wins and two losses.

    Seven earned runs tie Ryu's personal record in Major League Baseball, which was set against the Detroit Tigers on July 9, 2014. It was his shortest outing of the season, and marked the highest number of homers allowed and runs allowed in a game.

    Coors Field, located at 5,200 feet, or 1,580m, above sea level, is considered the MLB's most hitter-friendly stadium, and many pitchers struggle there. Ryu has also struggled at this venue since his big league debut in 2013. Due to the high altitude, air is thin and air resistance is reduced, which helps the ball travel farther.

    Ryu's next start is scheduled for July 5 against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

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