There was no cliché of an ace of misfortune…First starter, not second pick, appearance of savior Na Kyun-an
There was no cliché reminiscent of an ace of misfortune.
Na Kyun-an started the match against KT Wiz held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 9th and played 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and no runs. He broke a three-game losing streak and led the team to a 4-0 victory.
Na Kyun-an, who started the season as the second starter, led the win with a scoreless pitching in 6⅔ innings in the opening series against Doosan on the 2nd. And this victory was Lotte’s only victory at the moment. After Na Kyun-ahn led the team to victory with a reverse pitch, the team is mired in three consecutive losses. It was Na Kyun-an who took on the fate of the team again.
Na Kyun-an, who was willing to shoulder the burden, dominated the game as an ace, not as a second starter, but as a first starter. On this day, Kyun-Ahn Na performed his best pitching since his debut. He threw 83 balls and showed perfect control with 55 strikes and 28 balls. 40 fastballs, 22 forkballs, 22 curveballs, 13 curves, 6 cutters, and 2 sliders with a maximum speed of 146km. In the opening 4 games, Na Gyun-an treated
lead hitter Jo Yong-ho as a floating ball in center field in the first inning and allowed Kang Baek-ho to hit right handedly. However, he finished the first inning by striking out Alford to right field and Park Byeong-ho.
In the second inning, Jang Seong-woo was treated as a left fielder’s fly ball, Hwang Jae-gyun as a third baseman’s ground ball, and Kim Min-hyeok as a right fielder’s fly ball, creating a tripartite inning.
Bad luck followed in the third episode. The lead hitter, Park Kyung-soo, was turned around with a fly ball that missed, but the left fielder missed the batted ball due to the influence of the wind. 2 hits were recorded. However, Kim Sang-soo struck out and Cho Yong-ho was treated as a third baseman foul fly. He gave Kang Baek-ho a walk and even committed a wild throw, facing a crisis with 2 out 1st and 3rd base, but overcame the crisis by catching Alford with a floating ball from 1st baseman.
In the 4th inning, Park Byung-ho was hit by a shortstop, Seong-Woo Jang struck out, and Jae-Kyun Hwang was struck out again. In the 5th inning, Kim Min-hyeok struck out left fielder Park Kyung-soo and made two outs. Kim Sang-soo got a left-handed hit, but Jo Yong-ho struck out three pitches to finish the fifth inning.
In the 6th inning, Kang Baek-ho struck out Alford in a row, and Park Byung-ho was grounded by second baseman. Na Kyun-an, who was on the mound in the 7th inning. It seemed to continue cruising, catching Jang Seong-woo with a ground ball to third baseman and Hwang Jae-kyun with a floating ball to left field. However, the brakes were put on hold for a while as Kim Min-hyeok got a left-handed hit. And Park Kyung-soo got hit with a big ball. Biggest batted ball of the day. However, center fielder Kim Min-seok caught the ball as it hit the fence. Na Kyun-an raised both hands to greet Kim Min-seok. He completed 7 innings, the most in an individual game. 메이저놀이터
On the mound, Kyun-an Na continued to pitch the best, but the problem was the batting line. Lotte’s other lines were also blocked by KT selection exclusion. There was no chance, but this opportunity evaporated in the opponent’s favors. Connecting was never easy.
In the 2nd inning, with 1 out, 1st and 2nd base, Yoo Kang-nam hit the third baseman grounder, and the first double hit came out, and the inning ended. In the 4th inning, Han Dong-hee’s strong batted ball came out from 1st base. However, KT shortstop Kim Sang-soo cleared the ball with a skillful short-bound catch, leading to a double hit. In the 6th inning, lead batter Kim Min-seok went on base with a walk, but this time Rex’s batted ball was caught by second baseman Park Kyung-soo’s short-bound catch, making it a double stroke. Afterwards, Jeon Jun-woo and Ahn Chi-hong’s consecutive hits and Han Dong-hee’s walk took a chance with two outs loaded, but failed to score. It was an inevitable flow of the game.
However, Na Kyun-an somehow kept the mound with overwhelming pitching until the 7th inning, and the other line took the chance to 1st and 3rd base safely at the end of the 7th inning. I took a -0 lead.
It seemed like an unfortunate ace cliché where he pitched well, did not receive support from other players, and could not win, but in the end, he endured and overcame it and won. Na Kyun-an’s 2nd win was also Lotte’s 2nd win.
After the game, Na Kyun-an said, “It’s not that I wasn’t without pressure because I was in the middle of a losing streak, but I tried to throw only my balls on the mound. (Yoo) Kangnam-hyung gave a good lead and gave a great reaction, so I was able to command well today. At the end, senior Park Kyung-soo at bat I thought it was a big deal, but (Kim) Min-seok caught it well and kept the atmosphere.”