Woo-jin Ahn (Kiwoom Heroes), the best pitcher in the KBO league, and Dong-ju Kim (Doosan Bears), who challenged the rookie of the year, laughed at the second match of the season.
An Woo-jin and Kim Dong-joo started as starting pitchers for both teams in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO league Kiwoom and Doosan match held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 18th.
This is not the first time the two have faced off against each other. On the 13th of last month, we faced each other for the first time in a game in Jamsil. At that time, An Woo-jin, who pitched 6 scoreless innings, won a decision victory over Kim Dong-ju, who scored 1 run in 4 innings. As Kiwoom won 9-2, An Woo-jin won his first win of the season, and Kim Dong-ju became his first losing pitcher in his debut.
Both Ahn Woo-jin and Kim Dong-ju were desperate to win the game that day. Ahn Woo-jin failed to win in three games since the KT Wiz match on the 25th of last month. In the last two games, he has not been able to win even after achieving a quality start plus (7 or more starting innings and 3 earned or less).
It was an opportunity for Kim Dong-ju to punish Ahn Woo-jin, who gave him his first loss in his debut. In his most recent appearance, against the KIA Tigers on the 12th, he became a winning pitcher with 7 scoreless innings and was full of confidence.
As a result, the two pitchers’ starting matchup was divided between joy and sorrow in ‘crisis management ability’.
While Ahn Woo-jin overcame several crises with the minimum score, Kim Dong-ju could not overcome the pressure.
An Woo-jin struggled by throwing 35 balls in the first inning alone. In particular, after a close battle with Jose Rojas that went up to the 13th pitch, he conceded a point after hitting one RBI in a timely manner.
But in the second episode, I found stability. He continued pitching without a loss until the 4th inning, blocking Doosan’s lineup.
Ahn Woo-jin, who was throwing well, faced a crisis again in the 5th inning. Ahn Woo-jin, who was driven to 2nd and 3rd base safely after being hit by Jang Seung-hyeon and Lee Yu-chan, was hit at the right time by Soo-bin Jeong and conceded an extra run.
But An Woo-jin did not collapse. In the first and third bases, Park Kye-beom, Yang Eui-ji, and Yang Seok-hwan all struck out with nine balls to prevent a run. He struck out by throwing a curveball, slider, and fastball as a deciding ball, respectively.
Ahn Woo-jin, who was on the mound in the 6th inning as well, completed a quality start with 2 runs in 6 innings by hitting all three batters, and handed the mound to Yang Hyun in the 7th inning.
On the other hand, Kim Dong-ju could not continue the good atmosphere of the previous pitch.
From the first inning, Kim Dong-joo, who was shaken by giving up walks and wild pitches, was hit by Edison Russell on 1st and 2nd base and allowed 2 runs. 토스카지노
In the 2nd inning, he passed the crisis with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base without conceding a run, but in the 3rd inning, he allowed a timely hit to Russell again in the 3rd inning safely on 1st base and conceded a run. He did not surrender an extra run afterward, but his pitch count blew to 69 as he finished the third inning.
Kim Dong-ju struck out Kim Dong-heon after being hit by lead batter Kim Hwi-jip in the fourth inning. The number of pitches reached 81 before anyone knew it, and the Doosan bench lowered Kim Dong-ju and raised Lee Hyung-beom at the plate after Lee Jeong-hu. 3 runs in 3⅓ innings. It was a result that left much to be desired for Kim Dong-ju.
In this way, the second confrontation between An Woo-jin and Kim Dong-ju of the season also ended with An Woo-jin winning by decision.