Scherzer out for season…Texas batting explosion, Kikuchi 6-run collapse ‘red flags for Toronto PS’
Texas Rangers, where pitcher Max Scherzer was out for the season in the third inning of the Cy Young Award due to a large perspective sprain, won three consecutive games against the Toronto Blue Jays. It kept the second place in the American League (AL) wild card and minimized the shock of the Scherzer season out. On the other hand, Toronto fell to fourth place in the wild card, putting autumn baseball on alert.
Toronto lost the 2023 Major League Texas Rangers 0-10 at the Toronto Rogers Center in Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korea Standard Time).
Toronto, which lost its first three consecutive games against Texas, which began on the 12th, recorded 80 wins and 66 losses. The gap with Texas (81 wins and 64 losses), the second-ranked wild card in the American League, has widened to 1.5 games. The situation, which was 0.5 games ahead before the series, changed significantly in three games. Toronto, which lost to the Seattle Mariners (81 wins and 65 losses) and the third place in the wild card, fell to fourth place by one game.
Ryu Hyun-jin threw it well. Bash-ear Kikuchi also collapsed on the Texas slugging line
Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi couldn’t stand the Texas slugging line. He collapsed with five hits (two home runs) in five innings, two walks, three strikeouts, and six runs, losing six games (9 wins) of the season. The ERA also rose from 3.57 to 3.81. With his last victory over the Bottimore Orioles on the 3rd of last month, he has suffered a terrible nine moves, losing three games without a victory in the last seven games.
Kikuchi, who pitched well with one walk and no heater until the third inning, was hit intensively in the fourth inning after the batting order turned once. After sending out Corey Seager on a walk, he gave up his first run with a hit by Robbie Grossman and a timely hit by Jonah Haim. He then allowed Nathaniel Lowe a three-run home run over the middle wall, allowing four runs in an instant. Lowe pulled Kikuchi’s third slider toward his body to mark his 16th home run of the season.안전놀이터
In the fifth inning, Kikuchi hit a hit by Seager after two outs and gave up a two-run home run to Grossman over the left side, completely collapsing. Grossman, who gave Ryu a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the previous day (13th), even rang Kikuchi on the same day. He didn’t miss the curve in the middle of the fourth pitch and connected it to his 10th home run of the season. Two hits, two RBIs, three runs and two walks in three at-bats.
Toronto’s starting pitchers lost three consecutive games, including Kikuchi, after Chris Bassett allowed nine hits (one home run) in 5⅓3 innings, three walks, three strikeouts, and Ryu Hyun-jin allowed five hits (one home run) in six innings. Among them, Ryu Hyun-jin was the only one to do his part with a quality start, but he did not get help from the team’s batting line, which scored only three points.
Toronto’s batters remained silent on the day as well. Texas starter Jordan Montgomery is blocked and goes scoreless. He was lethargic enough to never get a chance to score throughout the game, with two double plays.
Texas overcame Scherzer season out shock, another transfer, Montgomery, pitched well
Texas announced Scherzer’s season-out ahead of the game. Scherzer started against Toronto the previous day (13th) and became a winning pitcher with three hits, one walk, two strikeouts and no runs in 5⅓ innings, but was substituted for 72 pitches after complaining of pain in his right triceps after throwing the first pitch to Bobiset after one out in the sixth inning. As a result of the test, he can no longer throw for the rest of the season due to a sprain in the right large perspective.
“We have to keep looking at the status, but the possibility of playing in the postseason is low,” Texas general manager Chris Young said. Although it is an injury that does not require surgery, there is very little time to prepare for autumn baseball because the season is three weeks away. Director Young said, “It’s really unfortunate that this happened to Scherzer. “We were pitching well before we got injured,” he said regretfully, adding, “There are many injured players, but we are still in a good position to advance to the playoffs. I believe that our pitchers will be responsible for the innings,” he expected.
As Young expected, another transfer student Jordan Montgomery overwhelmed Toronto’s batters with four hits, one walk, three strikeouts and no runs in seven innings. At the end of July, left-hander Montgomery, who Texas acquired as a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals after Scherzer, used curves (14), changeups (12), four-seam fastballs (7), and cutters (1), with a maximum of 94.9 miles (152.7 km), an average of 92.9 miles (149.5 km), sinkers (63). Montgomery, who lowered his ERA to 3.47 with his 9th win (11 losses) of the season, has recorded 3 wins, 2 losses, and 3.59 ERA in 8 games (47⅔ innings) since his transfer to Texas.
Left-hander Martin Perez, who Young picked as one of Scherzer’s alternative starting candidates, also appeared in the eighth inning and blocked one hit and no runs in one inning. Perez, who struggled with eight wins, four losses and a 4.98 ERA in 20 starts until July, has stabilized to some extent with one win and a 3.32 ERA in 11 games after switching to relief from August.