July 11, 2019 10:25
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers made a memorable start in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.
It took Ryu just 4 minutes and 45 seconds, and 12 pitches, to show why he was chosen as the starter for the National League at this year's Midsummer Classic, becoming the first Korean pitcher to start an All-Star Game.
At the top of the first inning, American League starter Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros demonstrated his power, with pitches reaching 156.5 km/h. Ryu responded with his trademark masterful control and wide variety of pitches.
Ryu gave up a hit to the leadoff hitter George Springer of the Houston Astros, but got the next three batters out with infield grounders. He used nearly all the pitches in his repertoire -- three four-seam fastballs, two two-seam fastballs, four cutters, two changeups and one curve.
He smiled as he came off the mound after the first inning, and later said in an interview, "I had a lot of fun out there. It was my first appearance in an All-Star Game and I wish I could do it often."
The game capped Ryu's remarkable first half of this season, in which he claimed 10 wins and two losses, with a 1.73 ERA.
The National League lost the game 4-3 as the American League extended its winning streak to seven games. American League pitcher Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians was chosen as the MVP for striking out three batters at the top of fifth inning, while it was leading 1-0.
The regular season will resume on Thursday. The Dodgers will travel to Boston to face the Red Sox to kick off the second half of the season.
"I had such a great first half of the season. I will do my best to carry this momentum into the second half," Ryu said.
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