I caught the natural enemy and MVP… Yang Hyeon-jong, a blow from the ‘national team’ catcher

KIA Tigers ace Yang Hyeon-jong (35) failed to achieve a great record. 

Yang Hyeon-jong took the mound as a starting pitcher in the 3rd game of the weekend 3rd game against the 2023 KBO League Kiwoom Heroes held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 20th, and pitched well, recording 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 run in 7 innings. However, the KIA lineup could not support even one point when he was on the mound. KIA lost 0-1, and Yang Hyeon-jong recorded his first loss of the season. 

It is Yang Hyeon-jong who challenged for 162 wins for the second time after the Doosan Bears match on the 14th. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Jeong Min-cheol (currently MBC Sports Plus commentator) in the most wins category, he aimed to take second place alone. However, he fell under an ambush called Lee Ji-young. 

From the beginning of the first inning, Yang Hyeon-jong overpowered the Kiwoom lineup with an aggressive pitch. He recorded a batting average of 0.500 (9 hits in 18 at-bats) in his last 5 games, and caught a floating ball in right field with a four-seam fastball (fastball) in a game against Lee Jeong-hoo, who had a good sense of hitting. Subsequent hitters Lee Hyung-jong and Lee Won-seok also treated the fastball as a deciding ball, respectively. 

Yang Hyeon-jong had a maximum speed of 143 km/h in the match against Doosan Bears on the 14th, which was the previous appearance. His latest fastball speed change and the pitching that steals opponent batter’s swing timing stood out. However, on this day, he overpowered the batter with power by spraying up to 146 km / h from the first inning. 

In the second match against Lee Jung-hoo in the top of the 3rd inning after giving away a hit to lead batter Lee Ji-young and a sacrifice bunt to follow-up Kim Hwi-jip, two fastballs were thrown in succession to the outside (based on left-handed batters) and the body low course to induce a ground ball to first base. Lee Hyung-jong, who faced the second out and third base crisis that followed, caught it with a catcher foul fly. 

Yang Hyeon-jong continued his good fight without conceding until the 6th inning. The average ERA was also brought down to 1 point. However, he could not overcome the bad luck in the 7th inning. Lead batter Park Chan-hyuk gave up the first walk in the game, and follow-up hitter Kim Tae-jin allowed a sacrifice bunt. In this situation, I dealt with Lim Ji-yeol. The missed ball flowed slowly along the left line, and Yang Hyeon-jong tried to catch and handle it himself, but the batter runner had already stepped on first base. 

Yang Hyeon-jong dealt with Ji-young Lee, who was hit in all 3 and 5 matches, in a crisis. It was a fierce game going all the way to the 8th pitch. However, the fastball was attacked and led to a heavy hit, and third base runner Park Chan-hyuk stepped on the home plate. They gave the lead to 0-1.

In the game against Lee Won-seok, the “natural enemy,” Lee Won-seok, who was weak with a career batting average of 0.356 and 8 home runs, and Lee Jung-hoo, the league’s representative hitter, he won well, but he could not surpass Lee Ji-young, the ambush. 

Yang Hyeon-jong kept the mound even when the number of pitches exceeded 100. He filled 7 innings by striking out Kim Hwi and grounding Lee Jung-hoo. However, the KIA lineup, which was hot until the day before, was silent in the 7th to 9th innings.토스카지노 KIA lost, and Yang Hyeon-jong also became a losing pitcher. 

Yang Hyeon-jong, who added 7 innings that day and recorded a total of 2205 and 2/3 innings, surpassed Lee Kang-cheol (current KT Wiz coach) and rose to third place with the most records in this category alone. There was comfort. 

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