|The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Thursday (local time). (Photo from Fan Sided)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL -- Hurt by a rocky opening inning, Toronto Blue Jays' South Korean starter Ryu Hyun-jin has dropped his second straight start. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Thursday (local time).
All of the damage was done in the first inning, which included a home run, as Ryu held the White Sox to just two singles the rest of his day. With the Jays mustering little offense, Ryu fell to 5-4 for the year, and his ERA went up from 3.23 to 3.34. He has dropped two straight decisions for the first time since August 2019. Ryu was coming off his worst start of the season, having allowed seven runs -- one unearned -- on seven hits, including a grand slam, in 5 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros last Friday.
And Ryu looked just as sluggish out of the gate in this one, with the White Sox touching him for three extra-base hits and three runs in the bottom first. With one out, Ryu gave up a double to Yermin Mercedes, as left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. misjudged the flight of the ball that he should have caught but didn't get charged with an error.