Ryu Said It !

September 25, 2013

Dodgers‘ Korean Pitcher Says His First MLB Season Went Better Than Expected
After Limiting Giants to One Run Over 7 Innings to Win His 14th Game of the Year

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers’ Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 14-7 and lowered his earned-run average to 2.97 on September 24.

Hyun-Jin Ryu sounded pleased about how his first regular season in the Major Leagues is winding up and confident about the upcoming playoffs.

Ryu made the 29th start of his rookie season Tuesday, limiting the San Francisco Giants to four hits and one run over seven innings in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory at AT&T Park. He improved to 14-7 and lowered his earned-run average to 2.97, which has to surprise even some of the very people who pushed to sign the Korean left-hander to a six-year, $36-million deal.

Following is a translation of Ryu’s post-game interview transcript with Korean media.

-How do you feel about winning your 14th game of the season?

I feel good about throwing 7-8 innings without any pain and not giving up many runs.

-Do you feel like you’ve exceeded your goals and expectations in your first year here?

I think I’ve put up some good numbers. Better than I expected.

-What do you think about Rookie of the Year competition?

I stopped thinking about that a long time ago. I feel fortunate that I didn’t get hurt. It’s important to finish the season without getting hurt.

-The longer than usual break and bullpen pitching in between starts – how did they affect you?

One week of rest was good, and so was the bullpen session. I think it helped my control. With normal 4-5 day rest, I would not have thrown in between starts in the bullpen, but with longer rest, it was good.

-How different do you think the postseason experience will be here, in comparison to big games in Korea?

I think it will be similar to Korea or international competition. It will be great if we can win.

-Why did they send you back out on the mound before making the change at the beginning of 8th inning?

Strategy. The plan was to lift me for a pinch-hitter should the batting order not reach the pitcher’s spot. 

-You had a long conversation with your catcher before the game.

Usual stuff before a game. Nothing special.

-How do feel about being scheduled to pitch one more regular season game?

▲Since I’ve lowered my ERA to under 3.00, I’ll work to protect it.

-You threw 22 changeups tonight and 20 of them for strike.

▲I try to throw changeups for strikes. I had good control.

-During the 7th inning in a sacrifice bunt situation, you got picked off. What happened?

I was stunned. Didn’t expect that at all. As a base runner, I wanted to safely make it to next base, and that’s why I ran, but it was a mistake since I got picked off.

-How are you holding up physically?

▲I feel like I am in very good shape. I haven’t thrown 190 innings yet, but I’ll continue to try hard. 

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