The shaking of the starting lineup is affecting the entire KIA Tigers.
KIA faced the Doosan Bears at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 18th. By the 7th inning, they were trailing 0-8, so a 5th straight loss is likely.먹튀검증
Thanks to the fall along with SSG Landers, he barely managed to maintain 5th place, but he lost the momentum that once brought him to 3rd place and sank. Although the gap left by Mario Sanchez is huge, existing starters such as Yang Hyun-jong, Yoon Young-cheol, and Lee Ui-ri are also performing poorly.
Starting with the game against Samsung in Gwangju on the 12th, there is a risk of a 5-game losing streak in an instant in front of the home fans. During this period, only two KIA starting pitchers pitched more than 5 innings: Panoni and Yang Hyeon-jong. There is no one with a quality start (6 or more innings and 3 or fewer earned runs as a starter).
To find a quality start, you need to expand the scope to as many as 10 games. Yang Hyeon-jong (6 innings, 2 runs) against Doosan in Jamsil on the 7th was KIA’s last QS.
From Lim Ki-young to Jang Hyun-sik, Choi Ji-min, and Jeong Hae-young, even the bullpen is shaking as the crowd piles up. The result appears to be sexual. If they lose today, KIA will have 3 wins and 7 losses in their last 10 games.
Hwang Dong-ha earned the trust of KIA coach Kim Jong-guk by recording 3 runs in 4⅔ innings and 2 runs in 4⅓ innings in his last two starts. Manager Kim predicted, “If Hwang Dong-ha can do that, it will be a really good pitch. If he pitches more than 4 innings today, it will be a game worth playing.”
However, Hwang Dong-ha collapsed, giving up 7 runs until the 3rd inning. Starting in the first inning, Su-bin Jeong’s hit was followed by Rojas’ double and Yang Seok-hwan’s infield grounder to easily score the first run. The ensuing crisis with 2 outs and 3rd base was endured without allowing any runs.
However, in the top of the third inning, the Bears’ bat hit Hwang Dong-ha. Leadoff hitter Cho Soo-haeng got on base with a single, and after a foil and a body hit, the team reached first and second base with no outs. Doosan Lojas sent Hwang Dong-ha’s 140km fastball over the right fence. The distance is 115m.
It wasn’t the end. Yang Seok-hwan’s hit was followed by a two-run shot by ‘Head Bear’ Yang Eui-ji. Consecutive walks to Kang Seung-ho and Kim In-tae, followed by Jo So-haeng’s timely hit after two outs, gave up the seventh run. KIA replaced the mound with Kim Seung-hyun after the top of the third inning.
With three losses, the hell of an eight-game series without a break began, and a second straight loss became a possibility. Can KIA maintain its place in the top five?
KIA will have Sanchez return as a starter on the 21st after completing injury rehabilitation. However, as Lee Ui-ri, who returns on the same day, was selected to the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, KIA’s concerns about a replacement selection continue.
Above all, short-term games are a pitcher’s game. KIA shouted, ‘This year is different,’ after ending the fall baseball season in just one game last year with a loss in the first wild card game. The dark cloud of QS failure for 9 consecutive games darkens not only the possibility of advancing to the postseason but also the outlook for fall baseball.