Yang Hyun-jong pitches 5 innings of no-hit ball against Kiwoom…but KIA bats ‘go scoreless again’
‘Big Pitcher’ Yang Hyun-jong (KIA Tigers) put on another strong showing against the Kiwoom Heroes, but once again, he was unable to fulfill the requirements of a winning pitcher. The KIA bats failed to score another run while Yang was on the mound against Kiwoom.
Yang Hyun-jong started against the Kiwoom Heroes of the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Wednesday and pitched five innings of five-hit ball, striking out six and allowing one run (unearned). However, he was replaced by Park Joon-pyo in the bottom of the sixth inning with his team trailing 0-1, ending his four-game winning streak.먹튀검증
Yang Hyun-jong hasn’t had much luck against Kiwoom. In three appearances against Kiwoom this season, including this one, he hasn’t gotten a win despite pitching 19 innings and allowing two runs (one earned).
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 April 16 and May 21, KIA suffered scoreless losses in Kiwoom, 0-2 and 0-1, respectively. In the rematch, the KIA bats struggled to get anything going against Kiwoom starter Ariel Hurado (six innings, three hits, one walk, four strikeouts) until the top of the sixth.
Choi Won-jun, who had just completed 12 days of military service, joined the team, but things didn’t change. They didn’t even get a runner into scoring position until the top of the sixth inning. In the top of the third, Shin Beom-soo, the leadoff hitter, drew a walk, but Park Chan-ho struck out to end the inning.
The only encouraging sign was that Yang Hyun-jong was able to rebound. He didn’t allow a hit in his three meetings with Lee Jeong-hoo, pitching a no-hitter until the bottom of the fifth inning to keep the Kiwoom bats in check.
Up until this point, Yang hadn’t had a great June. He gave up nine runs in two innings against the Lotte Giants on June 2, the most in a single game since his professional debut, and then collapsed with seven runs in 4⅓ innings against the SSG Landers on June 7.
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 analyzing. Balls that should have been fouls or fly balls turned into hits, which embarrassed him a lot.” “I hope that 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 ground. He prevented a run in the bottom of the second inning with runners on first and second, and in the bottom of the fourth inning with runners on first and second, he threw a sharp changeup to Lee Ji-young for a strikeout.
Yang Hyun-jong, however, had to swallow her disappointment in the bottom of the first inning. He induced Lee Jung-hoo to hit an infield grounder with one out, 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.
He then struck out Lee Hyung-jong to end the inning, and the run was recorded as unearned due to a fielding error.