The Texas Rangers, whose third-inning Cy Young Award pitcher Max Scherzer was out for the season due to a teres major sprain, won their third straight win over the Toronto Blue Jays. By maintaining second place in the American League (AL) wild card, the shock of Scherzer’s season out was minimized. On the other hand, Toronto fell to 4th place in the wild card, putting fall baseball on alert. 

Toronto was defeated 0-10 in the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Texas Rangers held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 14th (Korean time). 

Toronto, which lost the first three games of a four-game series against Texas that started on the 12th, ended up with 80 wins and 66 losses. The gap with second-place Texas (81 wins, 64 losses) in the American League wild card, which has won five straight games, has widened to 1.5 games. The situation, which was 0.5 games ahead before the series, changed drastically in three games. Toronto, which lost third place in the wild card to the Seattle Mariners (81 wins, 65 losses), fell to fourth place by one game. 

Ryu Hyun-jin threw well. Following Bassett, Kikuchi also collapsed in the Texas power hit line.

Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi could not withstand the Texas strong lineup. He collapsed with 5 hits (2 home runs), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 6 runs in 5 innings, suffering his 6th loss (9 wins) of the season. The average ERA also increased from 3.57 to 3.81. The team’s last win was against the Baptist Orioles on the 3rd of last month, and they have been suffering from a terrible nine moves, with no wins and three losses in the last seven games. 

Kikuchi, who pitched well through the third inning with one walk and no hitter, was hit hard in the fourth inning after the batting order had rotated. He walked Corey Seager, then gave up his first run on a hit by Robbie Grossman and a timely hit by Jonah Haim. He then allowed a three-run home run to Nathaniel Rowe in the middle of the month, giving up 4 runs in an instant. Rowe hit Kikuchi’s slider on the third pitch, marking his 16th home run of the season. 

In the 5th inning, Kikuchi completely collapsed as he was hit by Seager with two outs and gave up a two-run home run to the left to Grossman. Grossman, who had inflicted a loss on Ryu Hyun-jin the previous day (13th) by hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning, made even Kikuchi cry that day. He did not miss the curve driven in the middle of the fourth pitch and connected with his 10th home run of the season. He went 2 hits, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, and 2 walks in 3 at-bats. 

In Toronto’s game against Texas on the 12th and 13th, Chris Bassett allowed 9 hits (1 home run), 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 5 runs in 5⅓ innings, and Ryu Hyun-jin allowed 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 6 innings, and Kikuchi also gave up 3 runs. Starting pitchers suffered losses in consecutive games. Among them, Ryu Hyun-jin was the only one who had a quality start and did his part, but he did not receive any help from the team’s batting lineup, scoring only 3 runs. 

Toronto’s batting lineup was silent that day as well. It was blocked by Texas starter Jordan Montgomery and ended in a scoreless score. They were so lethargic that they did not have a single scoring opportunity throughout the game, including two double plays. 

Texas overcomes the shock of Scherzer being out for the season, and another transfer, Montgomery, pitches well

Texas announced Scherzer’s season out ahead of today’s game. Scherzer started against Toronto the previous day (13th) and became the winning pitcher with 5⅓ innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and no runs, but after throwing the first pitch to Bo Bichette with 1 out in the 6th inning, he complained of pain in his right triceps and was forced to pitch 72 pitches. done. As a result of the examination, he suffered a right teres major sprain and could no longer pitch for the remainder of the season. 

Texas general manager Chris Young said, “We will continue to monitor his condition, but the possibility of him playing in the postseason is low.” It is an injury that does not require surgery, but with less than three weeks left in the season, there is extremely little time to prepare for fall baseball. Director Young said, “It’s really unfortunate that something like this happened to Scherzer. “He was pitching great until he got injured,” he said, but added, “There are a lot of injured players, but we are still in a good position to make the playoffs. “I believe the pitchers we have will take responsibility for the innings,” he said. 메이저놀이터

As expected by General Manager Young, another transfer student, Jordan Montgomery, overwhelmed the Toronto batting lineup on this day with 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings. Montgomery, a left-hander who was acquired by Texas in a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals following Scherzer at the end of July, has a top speed of 94.9 mph (152.7 km) and an average of 92.9 mph (149.5 km) centered on sinkers (63), curves (14), and change-ups (14). 12), four-seam fastball (7), and cutter (1). Montgomery, who lowered his ERA to 3.47 with his 9th win (11 losses) of the season, recorded 3 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 3.59 in 8 games (47⅔ innings) after transferring to Texas. 

Left-hander Martin Perez, whom General Manager Young selected as one of Scherzer’s replacement starting candidates, also pitched in relief in the 8th inning, allowing 1 hit and no runs in 1 inning. Perez, who had struggled with 8 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 4.98 in 20 games as a starter until July, found some stability with 1 win in 11 games and an ERA of 3.32 after switching to relief in August.

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