The Toronto Blue Jays picked up a valuable win in extra innings.

The Blue Jays scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning of extra innings to defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on Sunday.

In the top of the 12th inning of extra innings. Toronto had runners on first and second with no outs and a 2-3 deficit. In the bottom of the 12th, George Springer walked to put runners on first and third, then Beau Bisset sacrificed him to tie the game at 3-3. After a scoreless top of the 13th inning, Toronto ended the game on an infield single by Whit Merrifield with runners on second and third.

Coming off a shocking four-game sweep at home against the AL wild-card contender Texas Rangers, Toronto kept its postseason hopes alive with two straight wins over Boston to move into third place. Each league is awarded three wild cards in addition to the district winner.메이저놀이터

That’s by no means a safe bet. They are only half a game out of the fourth wild card, Seattle. They’re also only half a game behind second-place Texas. With the race on the line, every game counts. That’s where Ryu comes in. Hyun-jin Ryu will start against Boston on April 18, with a 2:37 a.m. start time.

Ryu, who underwent Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament splicing) last June, is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA since returning from a 13-month rehab assignment on March 2 against Baltimore.

In his last start against Texas, he went six innings for the first time in a quality start. It was his best outing of the four-game series against Texas. That’s why expectations are so high for Ryu.

He’ll be facing off against Nick Pivetta. He is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA this season. Boston’s three-game losing streak has seen their five-game winning percentage collapse. The Red Sox are sixth in the AL wild-card race, virtually guaranteed to miss the postseason.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and Ryu Hyun-jin. Photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government
Meanwhile, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on the 16th (local time). This is the first time a mayor of Seoul has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch in a major league. In front of 40,000 fans, Mayor Oh threw out the ceremonial first pitch, with Ryu Hyun-jin making a surprise appearance as the catcher.

The ceremony was organized to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. It was also the first time Seoul’s new city brand, “SEOUL, MY SOUL,” was introduced overseas.

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