Ryu Hyun-jin Posts 2nd Loss, While Kim Kwang-hyun Spared by Batters

  • By Song Won-hyung

    September 21, 2020 10:43

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia on Sept. 19. /AP-Yonhap

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays posted his second loss of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 19.

    He allowed two runs from six hits while striking out eight batters over six innings as the team lost 3-1, suffering its sixth defeat in a row.

    Ryu, who has a 3.00 ERA, now sits in ninth place with 20.8 points in TangoTiger, a pitching points system developed by analyst Tom Tango, making his chance of winning the Cy Young Award slimmer. He was runner-up in the race for the award in the National League last year.

    Meanwhile, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals had his worst outing as a starter so far, allowing six hits -- including two homers -- and four runs in five and 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 19.

    However, strong offensive support from the St. Louis batters spared Kim a loss. While trailing 4-0 in the top of the seventh, the Cardinals came back in dramatic fashion, generating five runs to win the game 5-4. Kim's ERA rose from 0.63 to 1.59.

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