Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu suffered his worst outing of the season.
The right-hander gave up four runs on two home runs in the first inning of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Thursday.
He struggled from the start against leadoff hitter Yandy Diaz.
Diaz persevered, cutting down Ryu’s pitches and eventually lined a six-pitch fastball over the left field fence.
It was Diaz’s 21st home run of the season. It was also the 11th of his career and fourth leadoff homer of the season.
The next inning was more problematic. Ryu walked Harold Ramirez to open the inning, then gave up another walk to rookie Junior Caminero.메이저사이트
Two walks in one inning was uncharacteristic of him, and his next outing was even worse.
After working an 0-2 count against Josh Lowe, he gave up a three-run homer to center field on a six-pitch at-bat with a 2-2 count.
As the damage mounted, so did his pitch count. In the first inning alone, he threw 32 pitches.