‘Hyunjong Yang 12 wins + Socrates last shot’ KIA in 5th place, beat NC in 6th to escape 9 straight losses… 3-1 win

‘Hyunjong Yang 12 wins + Socrates last shot’ 5th place KIA beats 6th place NC and escapes 9 straight losses… 3-1 win

By Choi Dong-hwan, cdstone@jnilbo.com staff reporter

Posted on 2022-09-22 21:41:54

KIA Socrates celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the 2022 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League NC Dinos game held at NC Changwon Park in Changwon on the 22nd. Provided by KIA Tigers

I finally broke the losing streak. The KIA Tigers managed to escape their 9th consecutive losing streak thanks to hot bullpen pitches including Hyunjong Yang’s ace and Socrates’ last hit.

KIA won 3-1 in the 14th match of the NC Shinhan Bank Sol KBO 2022 League held at NC Changwon Park on the 22nd.

With this win, KIA broke the chain of 9 straight losses from the game against Jamsil Doosan on September 11 to Gwangju LG on the 21st, maintaining the fifth place with 63 wins, 1 draw, 69 losses, and a rate gain of 0.477. In addition, they were 1.5 games behind NC in sixth place.

Ace Yang Hyun-jong’s hot battle shone through. On this day, Yang Hyeon-jong set the stage for the team’s 3-1 victory by pitching with all his strength and reported his 12th win (7 losses) of the season.

He blocked the CC line with 5 hits and 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings. Fastball He showed the fastball (51), slider (19), changeup (16), and curve (4) with a top speed of 148 km, ball formation and concentration, and faithfully played the role of the ace.

In particular, after pitching the 3rd inning, he felt an elbow abnormality, but he also appeared in the 4th and 5th innings, showing the side of a ‘great pitcher’ who overcame a hand fight with a NC hitter with quick control and corner work.

While Yang Hyun-jong was fighting hard, KIA picked three points. In the first inning, leadoff hitters Chan-Ho Park and Chang-Jin Lee made consecutive hits to create an opportunity at 1st and 2nd base safely. Kim Seon-bin retired with a strikeout, but Na Seong-beom hit a shot from left, and the team was able to finish with one hit. Then, Socrates took a 2 RBI hit, and Park Dong-won hit a left-handed one-run, leading 3-0.

After one hit in the 5th inning, Yang Hyeon-jong handled NC Seo Ho-cheol like a floater in center field and pitched 170 innings on the season, achieving the feat of pitching more than 170 innings for the time being first in history for eight. consecutive years.

KIA did not take advantage of the extra scoring opportunity in the first half of the sixth over. Following consecutive hits by Socrates and Park Dong, Kim Do-young’s sacrifice bunt and Ryu Ji-hyeok’s walk made it one base. However, following Kyu-seong Kim, a foul ball by the third baseman, and Chan-ho Park retired with a strikeout, he could not add points.

Yang Hyun-jong was also on the mound at the end of the 6th inning, but was hit by a triple by Son Ah-seop and handed over the mound to Park Jun-pyo. Park Jun-pyo caught Park Geon-woo with a ground ball and then Yang Eui-ji led off with a right fielder’s floater. At this time, third base runner Son Ah-seop stepped on the home run and gave up one run. This goal became the goal of Yang Hyun-jong’s succession.

He was then replaced by left-hander Jun-young Lee, who was hit by Martini, but he struck out Noh Jin-hyeok and ended the inning without a run.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Hyunsik Jang took the mound and allowed 1 hit, 1 strikeout and no runs in 1.2 innings.

Jung Hae-young, who came to the rescue after 2 kills in the bottom of the 8th inning, kept his team victorious 3-1 with 1 hit, 2 strikeouts and no runs in 1.1 innings, and took his 29th a saving.

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