|Kim Kwang-hyun of the Major League St. Louis Cardinals. © AFP=News1|
Kim Gwang-hyun (33, St. Louis Cardinals), who made their third start this season, played a good job with one run in five innings. Although he did not win, he showed a stable appearance without allowing walking for two consecutive games.
Kwang-Hyun Kim was a starting pitcher in the 2021 Major League (MLB) match against the Philadelphia Phillies held at the Bush Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on the 30th (Korean time) and scored 5 innings, 7 hits, 4 strikeouts, 1 run, and a 4-3 victory. Added.
After the game, Kim Gwang-hyun himself said, “I wasn’t in good condition. I had a lot of balls because I was missing the ball.” Of the 84 balls that Kim Gwang-hyun threw on this day, 33 were balls.
However, Kim Gwang-hyun did not allow even one walk on this day. In particular, he threw three balls at five batters and faced a walk crisis, but he did not easily get on base. Kim Gwang-hyun, who played until the end, allowed two hits and three were dealt with.
In this way, the reason that Kim Gwang-hyun could not give up walking even in a situation where he was uneasy is because he unfolded an aggressive pitching.
“There is no pitcher who wants to walk,” Kim Kwang-hyun said, “There is no pitcher who wants to give a walk. When I get stuck in an unfavorable ball count, I thought of making a lot of fouls by throwing the ball in the position the batter likes. I tried to induce fouls by stealing the timing of the batters. If you rush to the center, you can get a hit. Fortunately, the ball goes well where you want and walks less.
In fact, Kim Gwang-hyun’s decreased walks did not appear only in this day’s game. Kim Gwang-hyun is allowed only one walk during the 13⅔innings this season.
Kim Kwang-hyun allowed one walk to Diddy Hrehorwiss in the first inning against Philadelphia on the 18th, which was his first appearance in the season. Since then, until the 24th Cincinnati Reds match and the Philadelphia match on the 24th, she did not give a walk to even one person.
Kim Gwang-hyun allowed 12 walks while throwing 39 innings last year, recording 2.77 walks per 9 innings. However, this year, the number of walks per 9 innings decreased to 0.66, showing a more stable appearance. This is a positive record made by aggressive pitching.