Doosan Bears’ ambitious ‘local ace’ Kwak Bin collapsed after allowing two hits. Because they entered the postseason in 5th place, Doosan, which was behind them, was put on the defensive.메이저사이트
Kwak Bin took the mound in the away match against NC Dinos in the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League postseason wild card (WC) decision held at Changwon NC Park on the 19th, and pitched 83 pitches in 3⅔ innings, allowing 4 hits (2 home runs) and 3 walks. He collapsed with 4 strikeouts and 5 runs (5 earned).
Kwak Bin, who was selected in the first round by Doosan in the 2018 rookie draft, has received great expectations, as can be seen from the number of nominations. However, at the beginning of his debut, he had a hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, and after returning to the mound, his growth was not outstanding, as he revealed problems with ball control. It was last year that Kwak Bin started to change.
Kwak Bin’s potential began to bloom in the middle of last year’s season, and he appeared in 27 games, pitched 147⅔ innings, recorded 8 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 3.78, and began to emerge as a player worthy of the title of ‘local ace’. did. And this year, he showed good performance from the beginning of the season and had the pleasure of being selected to the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) national team. However, this Asian Games was not all about good memories for Kwak Bin.
After moving to Hangzhou, Kwak Bin felt symptoms of phlegm while preparing for the game, and was never on the mound until the finals. He worked hard to return to the mound, receiving injections and acupuncture treatment, and recovered to the point where he could pitch before China in the second game of the Super Round and Taiwan in the gold medal match. Nevertheless, he could not see Kwak Bin on the mound, and although he won the gold medal, he could not enjoy the joy.
Kwak Bin had a lot of trouble at the Asian Games. However, early in the game, when he was healthy, we could see how powerful a ball thrower he was. He proved that even without ‘ace’ Raul Alcantara, he can take on the important role of ‘first starter’. Kwak Bin, who took the mound with 1 run of support, started the inning by giving up a hit in the bottom of the first inning after being attacked by leadoff hitter Son A-seop on a 120km curve on the 5th pitch. But he didn’t concede any goals.
In the process of handling follow-up batter Park Min-woo with a pitcher’s ground ball, Kwak Bin allowed the runner on first base to step on second base, but after setting up Park Geon-woo with a fly ball to center field, he caught Jason Martin with a fly ball to right field, ending the scoreless start. And in the second inning, after handling leadoff hitter Kwon Hee-dong with a fly ball to left field, he used a 130km-129km changeup as a ‘winning shot’ against Kim Joo-won and Seo Ho-cheol, respectively, eliminating consecutive strikeouts and marking his first ‘triple strike’.
Just like in the first inning, Doosan’s batting lineup gave strength by supporting one run each in the second and third innings, and Kwak Bin also responded well. Kwak Bin caught Kim Hyeong-jun and Do Tae-hoon with ground balls to the second baseman and shortstop respectively in the third inning, and then struck out ‘hitting king’ Son A-seop with a 131 km changeup and cruised to no runs. However, as the game approached the middle, they allowed two ‘one blows’ and completely handed over the momentum.
Kwak Bin got off to a good start by striking out leadoff hitter Park Min-woo in the top of the fourth inning. However, he was shaken when he gave a walk to follow-up hitter Park Geon-woo, and was attacked by Kwon Hee-dong on a 119km curve on the 4th pitch, resulting in a hit to right field and a walk to Kim Joo-won, putting the bases loaded with two outs. Kwak Bin was attacked by a 148km fastball on the third pitch in 1B-1S against Seo Ho-cheol, and allowed a grand slam that went over the left wall, instantly giving up the mood.
The powerful appearance at the beginning of the game disappeared in an instant. With two outs and no runners on base, Kwak Bin hit back-to-back home runs on a 127 km slider on the third pitch he threw to Kim Hyeong-jun, and was unable to regain his composure. He gave up a walk to Do Tae-hoon and went down the mound.
Doosan brought in Kim Myeong-shin to put out the fire, but allowed a hit to Son A-seop and a walk to Park Min-woo, putting the bases in danger once again. However, Kim Myung-shin struck out Park Geon-woo and ended the inning without allowing any additional runs, and Kwak Bin’s runs ended at 5.