‘I just need to get one out’ Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young’s face was grim as he had to step off the mound with the winning pitcher requirement in sight.
Even after throwing his fastball up to 154 kilometers per hour, he couldn’t win the game without getting a hit. On the day, Jang threw more pitches than his total of 103 pitches, 44 strikes and 59 balls.
His fastball topped out at 154 mph, and his command was strong, but his pitches weren’t listening – 32 of his 51 pitches were balls (62 percent).
Eventually, with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, Coach Noh Byung-oh had no choice but to pull Jang Jae-young off the mound, who was on the verge of getting the win. Jang allowed only two hits in his 4.2 innings of work, but struggled with his pitches, giving up a whopping nine hits and four walks.
With the score 6-1, Jang Jae-young, whose pitch count had already exceeded 100 pitches, left the mound with one out and the winning pitcher requirement.
Jang, who earned his first career victory on July 5 against NC at the Gocheok Dome with 5.1 innings of two-hit, four walks and seven strikeouts, has been winless since. He has gone five innings or more in his last four games without a win.
Kiwoom Heroes’ Jang Jae-young, who took the mound as the starting pitcher against the KT Wiz at the Gocheok Dome on the 1st, showed off his powerful delivery and broke the bat of the first batter, KT’s Jang Bae-dae, in the first inning. The first pitch was a 149km ball and the second pitch was also a 149km foul. The batsmen’s bats were broken by Jang Jae-young’s powerful delivery. He then grounded out to second base for the first out.
In the next at-bat, Jang Jae-young suddenly faltered and gave up a straight grounder to KT’s Lee Ho-yeon, before Alford continued his up-and-down pitching with a three-pitch strikeout. After getting Park Byung-ho to fly out to center field, Jang breathed a sigh of relief and walked off the mound.
In the second inning, the bases were still loaded. A walk, hit by pitch, and a hit batsman loaded the bases. After a full-count battle with KT’s pitching staff, he flied out to center field to end the threat.
In the third inning, there was a dizzying scene. Lee Ho-yeon, the leadoff hitter, was hit on the elbow by a deep fastball. Lee was hit on the inside elbow with no protection and went down in pain. Jang Jae-young took off his hat and apologized to the batter, who was unable to get up easily after being hit by the ball.
In the fourth inning, the first run was also the result of a walk. After giving up back-to-back singles to Kim Jun-tae and Shin Bon-ki, he gave up the first run of the inning on a hit by pitch. He then struck out Jang Joo-won with a strong pitch to end the inning.
Despite giving up a walk in each inning, Jang Jae-young was able to get through the fourth inning without falling apart, but he couldn’t get over the hump in the fifth. After giving up a straight-up single to leadoff hitter Alford, Jae-young struck out Park Byung-ho. Catcher Kim Dong-heon threw out Alford, who was attempting to steal second base, with an accurate throw, and the two outs were recorded,
and only one out remained. With Jang Jae-young facing Hwang Jae-gyun and reaching his pitch limit after giving up a straight grounder, the Kiwoom bench was forced to pull him from the mound.메이저사이트
With the game-winning run on the line, Jang headed to the dugout with a disappointed look on his face.
Jang Jae-young, whose fastball tops out at 154km/h, is one of the best in the KBO, must have realized that he would not be able to go more than five innings if he could not reduce his strikeouts.