Lotte Giants homegrown ace Park Se-woong saved the day.
Park Se-woong started the first game of a doubleheader against NC at Changwon NC Park on Sept. 9 and pitched 6⅔ innings, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out nine to lead the Giants to a 5-2 victory.
Picked up his sixth win of the season (7-2), his first in 25 days since a victory over KT on May 15. Recorded his 13th quality start in 24 starts. Mixed his fastball up to 148 km/h with a slider and forkball curveball to keep the NC hitters off balance. His dancing changeup had the NC bats flying and he struck out nine.
It started off badly.
Bad luck followed in the first inning. Two batters later, Park Gun-woo’s hit was dropped in front of the center fielder. Martin singled to put runners on first and second. Kwon Hee-dong, fresh off his game-winning double in the seventh inning the previous day, was faced with a full-count, 147-kilometer fastball and hit a leadoff single to left.
Gave up an infield single to Seo Ho-cheol to lead off the second, but got out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts and a stolen base.
In the third inning, with the score 1-0, he gave up a leadoff single to left to Son As-seob, who reached 150 hits in eight consecutive seasons for the first time in his KBO career and 200 hits in 11 seasons for the second time in his career. A stolen base and a wild pitch gave way to an RBI single to No. 4 Jason Martin. 0-2.
But Park was an ace. He kept the bases loaded and kept the game within reach.
After retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings, Park struck out two in the sixth to preserve the 4-2 lead. He threw 103 pitches.
Without key bullpen duo of Kim Sang-soo, who left the doubleheader the day before with an adductor muscle injury, and Koo Seung-min, who is still not fully healthy.
Park Se-woong took the mound in the seventh inning. After retiring Seo Ho-cheol and Kim Hyung-joon on consecutive singles, he gave way to Choi Jun-yong with two outs in the top of the seventh with a 5-2 lead. He threw 112 pitches. It was a game in which he fulfilled his responsibilities as an ace.
Park said after the game, “Coach told me to face only two more batters in the seventh inning. I went up with the responsibility of doing my job as a starting pitcher. I wanted to shake off the disappointment of the last game, and I also wanted to ease the burden on the middle pitchers,” Park explained. “Being able to come back from a loss with a big inning made it a little easier for me to pitch. We gave up some runs, but we were able to get the QS because of the good defense from the fielders. I talked to him before the game and said that I would follow him as much as possible, but I think he made a good call and it turned out well, so I want to thank him.”
In the second game of the doubleheader, Lotte fell short in a bullpen battle, 5-6, to split the series with NC. In the final game of the week on Tuesday, NC will face one of the best pitchers in the country, Eric Peddy.토토사이트
Lotte will counter with ace Aaron Wilkerson, but with a less-than-perfect bullpen, the pressure will be on Peddie.
On the first day of the four-game series, they lost to the Changwon NC on the 8th by a score of 3 to 4.
If it wasn’t for homegrown ace Park Se-woong’s 6⅔ inning, 112-pitch comeback win in game one of the doubleheader, it could have been a horrible situation.