Kiwoom Heroes foreign pitcher Ariel Hurado won his first KBO League win in front of a special guest.
Kiwoom won 6-1 in the second game of the season against the 2023 KBO League KIA Tigers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 15th. Foreign starting pitcher Hurado reported his first win in the KBO League after 3 games after 2 losses while throwing 6 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 1 run in 6 innings.
After the game, Hurado said, “I am happy that I helped the team continue their winning streak. I discussed the pitching plan with Kim Dong-heon before the game, and I put it into practice, and the result was good. There was a crisis every inning, but I think I overcame it well.”
Director Hong Won-ki also said, “Congratulations to Hurado on his first win in the KBO. He gave stable pitching while adjusting the pitching tempo. He praised him, saying, “He worked well with Kim Dong-heon, and he handled his duties well until the 6th episode.” 안전놀이터
Hurado said, “Thank you for supporting me on the other line and defense. The team hasn’t been good lately, but I think it’s a process I always go through during the season. I will do my best to contribute to the victory of the team.”
Hurado lost again on the 9th against the NC Dinos with 7 hits, 7 strikeouts, 4 walks and 5 runs (3 earned runs) in 5⅓ innings. After bitter taste in both games, Rado enjoyed the joy of his first victory on the day thanks to the support of a special guest.
On that day, 17 Panama embassy staff in Korea visited Gocheok Sky Dome to support Hurado, a native of Panama. After coming to Korea, they met each other while visiting the Panamanian embassy to handle administrative affairs such as the issuance of a visa in Ladoga.
Embassy staff member Holio Gudrich said, “As a Panamanian citizen, I am grateful to Kiwoom for recruiting Hurado. It is an honor and thrill for a Panama player to play in Korea,” he cheered, saying, “I hope Hurado will play a good role so that Kiwoom can win this year.”
Another embassy official, Sergio López, said, “I want to tell Hurado not to be lonely and to cheer up. I hope you know that many Panamanians are cheering for you.”