Pil Seung-jo’s comeback match after 52 days ended in defeat. Lotte’s Choi Jun-yong (22)’s first goal of the season led to the final.
Choi Jun-yong took the mound at the bottom of the 8th inning against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 5th with a 3-3 tie. In the top of the 8th inning, Jack Rex’s two-run home run tied the game, and Lotte, which gained momentum, started a full-fledged fight with the bullpen by putting in Choi Jun-yong.
Choi Jun-yong’s appearance was 52 days after the Suwon KT match on May 14th. In the meantime, he had time for treatment and rehabilitation for micro-inflammation in his back. From the 23rd of last month, he threw 3 games in the Futures League in the 2nd division and finished the actual inspection, and entered the game from the mound to return to the 1st division.
From the second half of 2020, Choi Jun-yong, who took on the role of bullpen Pil Seung-jo, did not need a test appearance. As expected, Choi Jun-yong threw a powerful fastball with a 149 km first pitch to first batter Noh Si-hwan, and after 5 pitches, he landed a ground ball to first base with a curve.
However, he played the next hitter, Nick Williams, by as many as 12 pitches. On the ball count of 2-2, the outside curve of the 7th ball entered the zone, but it was regrettable that the referee’s hand did not go up. After four consecutive foul cuts, Williams hit right handed and went out.
Chae Eun-seong handled the center fielder’s fly ball and caught two outs, but Kwon Kwang-min hit the middle left. In the two-ball, a low outside fastball crossed the zone, but this time it was judged to be a ball. The full count match continued, but the 6th fastball was attacked and became 1st and 3rd base.
In the 2nd, 2nd and 3rd bases, which led to Kwon Kwang-min’s stealing of second base, Choi Jun-yong gave Choi Jae-hoon a timely hit with 2 RBIs and gave the winning run. The outer curve of the 5th pitch was flat. The moment when Choi Jun-yong’s zero ERA streak, which had been scoreless for 7 consecutive innings in 9 games this season, ended. Lotte lost 3-5, and Choi Jun-yong suffered his first loss of the season with 3 hits and 2 runs in ⅔ innings.
Of the 31 pitches Choi Jun-yong threw that day, 18 were fastballs, and the average speed based on PTS was 145.6 km, which was good. He was faster than the average fastball speed (144.4 km) this season, and recovered to last year’s (145.7 km) level. Although his restraint increased, Hanwha batters continued to cut it, and he sweated even in the narrow zone of the referee. When the breaking ball did not work, it was the final blow.
It was a first-team mound that had been waiting for 52 days, but it was a harsh comeback for Choi Jun-yong. Lotte, which collapsed in the bullpen fight, also fell into a three-game losing streak. Lotte, tied for fourth place with NC, had a win rate of just 50% with 36 wins and 36 losses. After becoming 8-8 with a victory over Changwon NC on April 21st, even the 50% win rate that has been maintained for more than two months is in danger of collapsing. 메이저사이트
Until May 27, Lotte had a win-loss margin of +11 at a 50% win rate with 26 wins and 15 losses, but they almost forgot it. If you push further here, it becomes really dangerous. On the 6th, Lotte will use left-hander Charlie Barnes as the starting pitcher against Hanwha to escape from three consecutive losses and shoot for a 50% odds ratio. In Hanwha, right-hander Moon Dong-ju starts.