‘Cy Young runner-up’ Ryu Hyun-jin and ‘MVP’ Bellinger go from teammates to enemies after four years, with Ryu going 1-for-1.

August 14, 2023 | by

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu (36) is greeted by his former Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Cody Bellinger (28) during a game against the Chicago Cubs.

Ryu started the game against the Cubs on Thursday (Sept. 14) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and pitched five innings of two-hit ball with two walks and three strikeouts in a no-decision.

The Cubs’ lineup was Christopher Morel (designated hitter), Nico Horner (second base), Ian Happ (left field), Bellinger (center field), Dansby Swanson (shortstop), Seiya Suzuki (right field), Patrick Wisdom (first base), Nick Madrigal (third base), and Miguel Amaya (catcher).

Ryu’s former teammate Bellinger batted fourth in center field. Bellinger, who debuted in the big leagues with the Dodgers in 2017 and played alongside Ryu through 2019, had his best season with Ryu in 2019. Ryu led the majors in ERA (2.32) and finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting, while Bellinger won the National League MVP award after blasting 47 home runs and 115 RBIs.

After their career-high seasons together, Ryu and Bellinger parted ways for the final time in 2019. Ryu left the Dodgers to sign a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto. After Ryu’s departure, Bellinger went on a downward spiral and was eventually released by the Dodgers as a non-tender at the end of last season.

Bellinger, who signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Cubs this year, has had a resurgence. In 86 games prior to today’s game, he had batted .326 (108-for-108) with 18 homers, 59 RBIs and a .942 OPS. He followed that up with a good showing against Toronto on April 13, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs.

Both Ryu and Bellinger met in the same stadium four years after leaving the Dodgers, this time as opponents. This is the first time Ryu and Bellinger have faced each other in a two-hitter. 먹튀검증

With runners on first and second in the top of the first, Ryu took advantage. He worked a full count and hit a six-pitch, 89.4 mph (143.9 km/h) fastball straight to left field. In the fourth inning, Bellinger led off and again worked a full count. Unlike his first at-bat, Bellinger drew a walk this time.

After going 1-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout, Ryu and Bellinger did not face each other again until the fifth inning, when Ryu worked a two-run no-hitter and was replaced by Hennessis Cabrera in the sixth. Ryu didn’t allow a hit and earned the win. Bellinger, who had a multi-hit performance in the previous game, was unable to get a hit after Ryu went down and finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk. Toronto won 11-4 and snapped a three-game losing streak.


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