Kiwoom Heroes right-hander Choi Won-tae could not laugh amidst the team’s defeat even though he had excellent pitching. The fielders were unable to provide scoring support and the bullpen collapsed as soon as Choi Won-tae was replaced.
Choi Won-tae started the 4th game of the season against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 27th and recorded 3 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings.
In a situation where Kiwoom was on a three-game losing streak, Choi Won-tae’s good fight was desperate. In a situation where the other line is silent with no goals in 2 consecutive games, if Choi Won-tae shows a hunt, it will be more difficult to escape from the losing streak.
Choi Won-tae did his part 100% as expected of his bench. He was clean from the start. At the beginning of the first inning, he struck out Lotte’s leading hitters Kim Min-seok and Park Seung-wook in succession and showed off his good condition from the start. He continued the energy of 6 scoreless innings against the KIA Tigers on the 21st while easily solving the game without any difficulties until the 3rd inning.
He also showed off his excellent crisis management skills. At the beginning of the 4th inning, Noh Jin-hyeok, who has recently shown a good sense of hitting, had to give a ground ball in the 2nd, 1st and 3rd base, and in the bottom of the 6th inning, the nucleus Jeon Jun-woo and Ahn Chi-hong of the Lotte batting line were hit in turn and did not allow a run.
With the combination of a fastball with a maximum speed of 149 km and a fastball with a two-seam fastball and a high-speed slider with an average of 139 km, he easily increased the out count and blocked the Lotte batting line with no runs until the 6th inning. Starting from the match against the LG Twins on the 10th, he showed a performance in which his condition was on the right track with quality start + pitching in 4 consecutive starts.
However, Choi Won-tae did not meet the requirements for a winning pitcher and went down the mound. Kiwoom’s batting line was tied up with 3 hits and 1 walk until the 6th inning due to the good pitching of Lotte starting pitcher Charlie Barnes, and he was replaced with Kim Jae-woong with the start of the defense at the beginning of the 7th inning.메이저사이트
Choi Won-tae’s scoreless run was meaningless as Kiwoom was beaten with 6 runs only in the beginning of the 7th inning amidst the bullpen search. In the bottom of the ninth inning with one out and bases loaded, Kim Dong-heon’s two RBIs, Lim Ji-yeol’s push-off walk, and Lim Byung-wook’s two RBIs and timely hits made it 5-6, but the batting line broke too late. Satisfied with the fact that he escaped the humiliation of losing three games in a row, he prepared for the final game of his three-game series on the weekend of the 28th.