Lotte Giants foreign pitcher Charlie Barnes came out of the swamp of sluggishness and showed the best pitching after the opening of this season.

Barnes started the 4th game of the season against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 10th, recording 6⅔ innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts and no runs. 

He was clean from the start. At the beginning of the first inning, Jung Soo-bin hit center fielder, Rohas hit first baseman ground ball, and Kim Jae-hwan struck out, and the game began happily with a three-way strike.

In the beginning of the 2nd inning, he walked lead hitter Yang Eui-ui and left-handed hit to Yang Seok-hwan, leading to a safe first and second base crisis, but he did not shake. Heo Gyeong-min, Yang Chan-yeol, and Park Gye-beom were all hit with a hit, ending the inning without conceding.

Barnes, who overcame the hurdle, continued to pitch stably through innings. Except for the lead hitter Kim Jae-hwan in the top of the 4th inning with an infield hit, he blocked the 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings with a tripartite, tying up the Doosan lineup.

After that, Barnes took charge of the mound until the top of the 7th inning with 2 outs and 1st base. The Lotte bench replaced Barnes with Koo Seung-min when the number of pitches reached 99. Lotte’s defense in the top of the 7th ended without a run as Koo Seung-min blocked pinch hitter Kim Min-hyuk with a grounder from third baseman. 

Barnes did not live up to expectations with an ERA of 7.58, 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games since the start of this season, until this day’s start. There was no quality start, and the only one win was against the NC Dinos on the 22nd of last month, 5 innings, 6 hits, 1 home run, 2 walks, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned).토토사이트

In a situation where there are concerns that the slump may be prolonged, Barnes showed a further improvement in his first appearance in May. While on the mound after taking enough rest for 12 days, Lotte created a foothold for the game to be easily solved with a great pitch.

Lotte batting line also gave Barnes strength. At the end of the 3rd inning, Ko Seung-min scored the first run with 1 RBI and double, and then An Chi-hong’s solo home run in the 4th inning added another run to help Barnes meet the requirements for a winning pitcher.

At the end of the 7th inning, Lotte is leading 2-0 with Lotte attacking in progress. 

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