KT’s Lee Ji-sung broke his nine-game losing streak and recorded his first win on time.
The right-hander, who had taken the mound seven times prior to this game with no wins and four losses (5.73 ERA), pitched 5⅓ innings of four-hit ball with one walk, three strikeouts and one unearned run (unearned). He threw a fastball that topped out at 148 km/h and mixed in a slider, changeup and curve. Of his 78 total pitches, 48 were strikes.
In the first inning, Kim Hyun-jun reached on an error by the second baseman to put runners in scoring position. Kim Dong-jin laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and third. Jose Pirela grounded out to third for the second out. Kang Min-ho singled up the middle to score a run. Oh Jae-il grounded out to second to end the inning.
After retiring Koo Ja-woo (grounder to shortstop), Kim Tae-gun (grounder to third), and Lee Jae-hyun (grounder to second) in the second inning, Lee retired the top of the third with a swinging strikeout of Kim Young-woong. He gave up a single to Kim Hyun-jun to left-centre, but induced Kim Dong-jin to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the fourth, he allowed a fielding error and a stolen base to put runners on second and third, but induced a grounder to first to end the inning. After giving up a leadoff single to Kim Tae-gun in the fifth, Lee retired Lee Jae-hyun, Kim Young-woong and Kim Hyun-joon.먹튀검증
In the sixth, Lee gave up a leadoff single to Kim Dong-jin. When Pirela grounded to second, Kim was thrown out at second. Kang Min-ho followed with a single to left, putting runners on first and second. The KT bench called on Jeon Won-joo to take the mound in place of Choi Byeol-seong. The new pitcher walked Oh Jae-il to load the bases. He gave up a single to Koo Ja-rook, but got Kim Tae-gun to ground out to first base for the final out.
KT beat Samsung 4-1 to extend its winning streak to three games since the 24th against Suwon Kiwoom. Lee, who made his first start in 350 days after breaking a 10-game losing streak against Sajik Lotte on June 10 last year, said, “I calculated and it was my ninth consecutive personal loss until today. Before today’s game, I wanted to win with the mindset that I would never lose 10 games in a row, and I’m happy that I won my first start in a year,” she said.
“My balance has improved a lot now, which is having a positive effect on my delivery. There were also concerns about the bindings that fell from the periphery, but I reassured them that it might be different from the bindings shown on the broadcast and that they shouldn’t worry because I don’t have any pain now thanks to the training part.
Choi also said, “I’m throwing aggressively with good balance after the second inning. My strikeouts have decreased, so I hope to pitch as many innings as possible with this form.”
He also talked about former Rookie of the Year Choi Min-joon, who had to end his season due to a right elbow injury. “For a few years, when I went away, I was roommates with (So), and we had fun developing each other. I feel empty and miss him, but I believe he will come back healthy next year. I won’t put any pressure on myself, but I will do my best to improve myself while fulfilling my responsibilities.”
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