Victory against Yang Hyeon-jong, Choi Won-tae overcoming ‘Gwangju Phobia’

Choi Won-tae of Kiwoom, who had grown smaller whenever he came to Gwangju for the past three seasons. He succeeded in escaping Gwangju phobia in this appearance.

In 2020, an average ERA of 9.00 without a win or loss in 2 games, an average ERA of 4.91 with 1 win, 1 loss in 2 games in 2021, and an average ERA of 9.00 with 4 runs in 4 innings (4 ERA) without a win or loss in 2022. As a result, his performance at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju was also high with an average ERA of 5.95, 4 wins and 4 losses in 11 games.

However, Choi Won-tae started in the 6th confrontation of the season against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 21st, fighting hard with 3 hits, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings, blocking the KIA lineup. He showed equal pitching against KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong (7 innings, 1 run).

It didn’t start well. He allowed a straight walk to Ryu Ji-hyeok from the first inning. Afterwards, he struck out Park Chan-ho, but Ryu Ji-hyeok’s stolen base and Socrates’ hit led to a crisis with one out, 1st and 3rd base.

In scoring position, Choi Hyung-woo was the fourth hitter at bat. Choi Hyeong-woo had a hit streak in 7 consecutive games, and in 2 consecutive games, he went 4 hits in 8 at-bats and scored 2 runs with a batting average of 0.500. Fortunately, he passed the hangover by striking out on a five-pitch changeup.

However, there was a big mountain called Kim Seon-bin. Kim Seon-bin also had a hitting streak of 8 consecutive games, and in 2 consecutive matches, 5 hits in 9 at-bats, 4 RBIs, 1 run and a batting average of 0.556 was better than Choi Hyung-woo. However, after a full-count game, he retired with a swing strikeout on a slider outside the 6th pitch, ending the inning with no runs.

Afterwards, Choi Won-tae blocked the second and third innings with consecutive triplets, and allowed a hit to Socrates in the fourth inning, but blocked three batters with consecutive offenses and continued the scoreless streak.

However, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Hwang Dae-in, the lead batter, hit to the right and Lee Woo-sung sacrificed a bunt, causing a crisis situation with 1 out and 2 base. Fortunately, Han Seung-taek struck out three pitches and Ryu Ji-hyeok was blocked with a ground ball, preventing the second crisis situation with a scoreless run.

In the 6th inning, after two outs, Choi Hyeong-woo was allowed a walk, then a wild throw, and allowed a scoring position, but after a full count, he blocked Kim Sun-bin with a straight hit to the third baseman, and the third crisis was also blocked with no runs.

In the midst of Choi Won-tae’s good fight, Lee Ji-young, who formed the battery together in the other line, lightened Choi Won-tae’s shoulders by hitting a timely hit with one RBI in the 1st, 1st and 3rd base situation against KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong in the beginning of the 7th inning.

The bullpen also started operating from the 7th inning, and Kim Seong-jin, Kim Jae-woong, and Lim Chang-min all recorded one scoreless inning to protect Choi Won-tae’s victory.

After the game, Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki also praised him, saying, “Choi Won-tae showed good pitching against the KIA lineup until the 6th inning.”메이저사이트

Kiwoom has not been doing well with 1 win and 4 losses in the last 5 matches. In the last game of the weekend’s three-game series, they were in danger of a sweep loss, but fortunately they succeeded in winning.

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