“We looked in good shape….”
SSG lost both the first and second games of a doubleheader against Jamsil LG on the 17th, falling into a five-game losing streak. The first game of the doubleheader was a mixed bag due to rainy weather conditions. SSG took a 3-2 lead in the first game through five innings thanks to veteran left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun.
However, SSG’s defense in the bottom of the sixth inning was suddenly interrupted by heavy rain, and the game was not resumed until 70 minutes later. After Kim Kwang-hyun, who had pitched five innings and two runs (one earned), was pulled from the mound, SSG quickly fell behind and eventually lost 3-8.
Game 2 started with a mound battle. SSG sent out left-hander Kirk McCarty to start game two, but he was pulled early after giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings. McCarty was aggressive in the second inning and kept the LG bats in check. The Tigers struck first with two runs off LG starter Im Chan-kyu.
McCarty faltered sharply in the bottom of the inning after giving up a walk to Shin Min-jae, and gave up RBI singles to Kim Hyun-soo, Austin Dean, and Moon Bo-kyung to make it a 2-3 game. With the momentum gone, SSG eventually went down 5-9 in game two.
“McCarty’s form looked good, but as he continued to pitch strongly, LG’s batters found their timing as the batting order rotated,” said SSG manager Kim Won-hyung before the game against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 19th. “Even after giving up a run, you have to throw the ball rationally, but I think we had a difficult game as we threw the ball with a bit of excitement.”
Kim lamented the lack of a clear-cut “number one starter” for his team’s recent losing streak. “Even if you have an ace pitcher who is the first starter, you can’t always pitch well, but a solid first starter can break a losing streak or extend a winning streak,” he said.먹튀검증
In that sense, the game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 14th was a disappointing game for SSG. SSG took a 2-0 lead through the eighth inning thanks to eight scoreless innings from left-hander Roenis Elias. However, Seo Jin-yong, who came on in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game, faltered sharply and gave up the tying run before giving up the game-winning hit to pinch-hitter Heo Kyung-min, resulting in a 2-3 loss.
Kim said, “Elias pitched eight scoreless innings, but he got into trouble again. Last week, that game (against Doosan) was very disappointing,” Kim said.