‘Giant’s Sore Fingers’ Rookie Pitcher Shut Out KKK in 2nd Inning vs. KIA

Lotte Giants’ “sore finger” Yoon Sung-bin pitched two scoreless innings for the second team to secure a win.

Yoon Sung-bin pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none, against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 KBO Futures League at Sangdong Stadium on Wednesday. He did not allow a single hit. In all, he threw 48 pitches.

He came on in the fifth inning with his team leading 4-3 and pitched two innings. He did his job in a one-run game and earned the Futures’ second win of the year. Lotte went on to win 7-3.

He gave up a walk to Han Seung-yeon, the first batter of the fifth inning, but retired the next two batters on a strikeout and an infield grounder, and in the sixth, he looked shaky after giving up a hit by pitch and a walk, but got Jang Si-hyun to fly out to third base and Kim Min-soo to ground out to end the inning without allowing a run.

Yoon Sung-bin was the team’s second pitcher against SSG’s second team at SSG Futures Field in Ganghwa Island on April 19 and did not fare well, giving up five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Lotte lost 4-7.

His pitches broke down. Against KIA, he gave up three walks in two innings but didn’t allow a hit or a run.

Yoon, who joined Lotte as the first overall pick in the 2017 rookie draft, rehabbed from a shoulder injury and went 2-5 with a 6.39 ERA in 18 appearances for the first team the following year. Since then, he has spent most of his time in the second team.

As a high school junior, his good size (6-foot-3) and 150+ mph fastball drew interest from major league clubs. However, he hasn’t seen the first team this year.

This year’s spring training raised expectations as he was coached by Bae Young-soo. However, he suffered a hamstring injury during the camp. His preparation for the season has not been smooth.캡틴토토

As a first-round pick, he was expected to be a big boost to the Lotte mound if his potential was realized, but he only made 20 first-team appearances from the time he joined Lotte until last year. He has a 2-6 record with a 6.75 ERA in 52 innings pitched.

He had no first-team appearances last season and pitched one game and one inning in 2021.

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