Hyun Jin Ryu the ace shows up as the Blue Jays snap their losing streak

After a trio of frustrating losses capped by an ugly 10-1 spanking, the Blue Jays are finally back in the win column. The pitching showed up on Wednesday, leading the team to a scrappy 2-1 win in Atlanta.

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This was the first time we got to see Hyun Jin Ryu pitch like an ace. In his first two starts as a Blue Jay, Ryu showed some flashes of brilliance, but he ultimately scattered eight earned runs over nine innings as his velocity was down and he didn’t seem to have the feel for his off-speed pitches. On Wednesday, Ryu came back and reminded everyone why he was signed to an $80 million contract. He tossed five shutout innings, collecting eight strikeouts. Ryu’s changeup was absolutely absurd as he got the Braves to whiff 14 times with the pitch. The only somewhat worrying part of Ryu’s outing is that he walked three batters, which is still more than you’d expect from the guy who had the fewest walks-per-nine of anybody in baseball last season.
Beyond Ryu, Toronto’s bullpen was also incredibly impressive. Thomas Hatch allowed a solo homer to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram and Twitter)

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ