The two left-handers imposed their will on a productive opposition formation with relative ease, working both quickly and efficiently to get things done at a breakneck pace. Games like this on a regular basis would alleviate Commissioner Rob Manfred’s concerns about the pace of play.
The Toronto Blue Jays, of course, would sign up for dozens more like this, especially as Ryu gave them a seven-innings outing for the second time this season in a 4-1 win. against the Atlanta Braves fueled by a pair. circuits of Teoscar Hernandez.
Ryu, who was making his second start since returning from a slight buttock strain, was at his best, throwing his fast pitch, shift, cutter and curveball almost evenly on 94 pitches, regularly leaving Atlanta hitters to shake. the head.
The only damage against him came in the fifth, when William Contreras caught a change in the knees and smashed him over the wall in left field.
The Blue Jays quickly erased that in the sixth when Cavan Biggio opened with a step, stole the second when Ryu struck out and scored when Marcus Semien doubled up in the corner of left field. It was all they could pull off on Fried, who was lifted in the lower half for a pinched hitter, and Hernandez greeted Luke Jackson with a solo home run to open the seventh.
Tyler Chatwood delivered another key leverage in the eighth – getting Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna no problem – then Hernandez added against Josh Tomlin in the ninth when he cashed out a Bo Bichette single with his second. night circuit.
AJ Cole mopped up in the ninth as the Blue Jays improved to 5-0 against Atlanta before their last regular-season meeting Thursday afternoon, when Ross Stripling debuts against Charlie Morton.
Hernandez’s big shots were obviously crucial, but Ryu’s seven innings again set the stage for the late rally, as did Robbie Ray’s six innings in Tuesday’s 5-3 win.
The Blue Jays had only one seven-innings outing last season, and that was Ryu’s too. The veteran southpaw also delivered seven images on April 7 in Texas, but the rotation has delivered just 10 outings of at least six innings this season in total.