‘Big Pitcher’ Yang Hyun-jong (KIA Tigers) put in another strong showing against the Kiwoom Heroes, but this time he was left with a loss. The KIA batting line-up was held scoreless for the third consecutive game against Kiwoom with Yang Hyun-jong on the mound.
Yang Hyun-jong started against the Kiwoom Heroes of the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on 13 March and pitched five innings of five-hit ball with six strikeouts and one unearned run (unearned). However, Yang suffered his fourth loss of the season (three wins) as KIA lost 0-1.
KIA had five hits and four walks, but could not score a run in the scoreless loss, improving to 25-29 on the season. KIA left eight runners on base.
Yang Hyun-jong has not had much luck against Kiwoom. In three appearances against Kiwoom this season, including today’s game, he has pitched 19 innings of two-run ball (one earned), but has suffered two losses without a win.
The problem isn’t Yang, it’s the KIA hitters. KIA didn’t score a single run in any of Yang’s starts against Kiwoom.
On 16 April and 21 May, KIA suffered scoreless losses in Kiwoom, 0-2 and 0-1 respectively.
In today’s game, the KIA bats struggled to get anything going against Kiwoom starter Ariel Furado (six innings, three hits, one walk, four strikeouts) until the top of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, after Yang Hyun-jong walked, they had a chance to load the bases with three singles, but Ryu Ji-hyuk was thrown out at second base.
Choi Won-jun, who had completed his 12-day military service, rejoined the team shortly thereafter and had a multi-hit game with two hits in four at-bats, but was unable to wake up the bats. They didn’t even get a runner into scoring position until the top of the sixth inning. In the top of the third, leadoff hitter Shin Beom-soo drew a walk, but Park Chan-ho struck out to end the inning.
The KIA fielders didn’t help Yang Hyun-jong in defence either.
In the bottom of the first inning, Yang Hyun-jong induced Lee Jung-hoo to hit an infield grounder, but shortstop Park Chan-ho made a throwing error. With runners on first and second, Edison Russell singled up the middle to score the first run.
The run would prove to be the game-winner and put the game out of reach for both teams. Yang Hyun-jong was also charged with an unearned run.
The only saving grace for KIA was the rebound of Yang Hyun-jong. Yang Hyun-jong pitched a no-hitter until the end of the fifth inning, not allowing a hit in three meetings with Lee Jeong-hoo, keeping the Kiwoom bats in check 메이저사이트.
Previously, Yang had not had a great June. He gave up nine runs in two innings against the Lotte Giants on the 2nd, the most in a single game since his professional debut, and then collapsed with seven runs in 4⅓ innings against the SSG Landers on the 7th.
Kia manager Kim Jong-kook said, “Yang Hyun-jong must have been under a lot of stress after giving up so many runs recently. I don’t think it was a physical problem, but the opponent did a good job of analysing. The balls that should have been fouls or fly balls turned into hits, which embarrassed him a lot.” “I hope he will return to the ‘Yang Hyun-jong we know’ after the game against Kiwoom,” Kim said.
True to Kim’s wishes, Yang held his nerve, but his teammates were unable to give him the victory.