[이데일리 스타in 이석무 기자] South Korea’s leading left-handers of the same age, Kim Kwang-hyun (33, St. Louis Cardinals) and Yang Hyun-jong (33, Texas Rangers), started out as starting pitchers on the major league stage on the same day and at the same time, but became losers side by side.
Kim Kwang-Hyun started off in an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2021 American Professional Baseball Major League held at Chasefield in Phoenix, Arizona on the 31st (Korean time), but scored 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 4 runs in 5 innings. At the end of the 6th inning, he was replaced by Tyler Webb, a relief pitcher who fell behind 2-4.
St. Louis lost to Arizona 2-9, and Kim Kwang-hyun lost 3 instead of 2 wins in the season. The average ERA rose from 3.09 to 3.65.
The match on this day was considered a golden opportunity for Kim Gwang-hyun to add victory. This is because Arizona is weak enough to lose 13 straight victories before the match. However, Kim Gwang-hyun became the victim of the opponent’s successive defeat.
Kim Gwang-hyun gave a right hit to the left-hand side after allowing Nick Ahmed a mid-month triple after two shots at the end of the second inning (2-0), and the first goal was to give a right hit to the follow-up batting team Lo Castro. At the end of the 3rd inning, he was beaten by Kettel Marte with a mid-tier solo home run. The 81.1 mile (130.5 km) changeup in the second pitch hit the center of the bat as it was rushing to the center.
Kim Gwang-hyun allowed the goal again at the end of the 4th inning. Kim Gwang-hyun, who gave Josh Reddick a left-handed double and a shortstop infield hit to Nick Ahmed, struck out Locastro and Matt Peacock with a ground ball, but walked Josh Lohas and struck a second base. Eventually, Marte, who gave a home run in the previous at-bat, had to give two more points by allowing a timely hit from the left.
Afterwards, Kim Gwang-hyun climbed to the mound at the end of the 5th inning, gave only one hit, and finished pitching that day after finishing the inning. On this day, Kim Gwang-hyun had 92 pitches and 63 strikes.
On this day, Kim Gwang-hyun appeared on the plate as a 9th batter. At the beginning of the second inning, he stepped down with a ground ball in front of the pitcher from 2nd and 3rd base, and in the 5th inning, he came out as the lead batter and went out as a third baseman, recording a no-hit 2 at-bat.
Texas Rangers Yang Hyun-jong also made their fourth start of the season, but failed to achieve their first big league win.
Yang Hyun-jong started the away game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA. However, after recording 5 hits in 3 innings, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and 3 runs (2 ERA), the team was replaced with relief pitcher DeMarcus Evans at the end of the 4th inning, which was behind 0-3.
Texas lost to Seattle 2-4 and Yang Hyeon-jong was defeated for the third time in the season. The season average ERA rose slightly from 5.47 to 5.53.
Yang Hyun-jong, who collapsed with 7 runs in 3⅓innings in the match against the Los Angeles Angels on the 26th, showed an uneasy appearance on this day as well. To make matters worse, they couldn’t even get help from the defense, so they had to play a more difficult game.
Yang Hyeon-jong got a second out at the end of the first inning and then hit Kyle Lewis to the left and allowed Kyle Seeger to walk and rush to the first and second bases. Then, he was beaten by a double from the left by Thai France and scored 1 goal. Fortunately, in the continued 2nd and 3rd base, JP Crawford was treated as a first baseman ground ball to prevent further runs.
At the end of the second inning, after two deaths, Donaburn Walton hit a double hit and was driven to scoring again. This time, Jared Kellenic was treated as first baseman floating ball and ended the inning without a goal.
At the end of the 3rd inning, a defensive mistake was painful. Center fielder Adolis Garcia failed to properly catch Lewis’s straight stroke in the first company, causing a crisis. At first, it was recorded with doubles, and then the official record changed due to a center fielder error.
Then, Yang Hyeon-jong, who gave a right field hit to the next batter, Siger, allowed France to hit a two-run heavy-duty match, increasing his goal to three. In the continued 1 company, 1 base, Crawford was guided to the side and ended the inning.
On this day, Yang Hyeon-jong threw 70 balls, of which 49 were strikes. It was a bit better than the last game where the game was unstable, but it left a regret that he couldn’t overwhelm the opponent in the pitch.