Pitcher Lee Yong-chan (32), who transferred the team from Doosan to NC, became the first NC member to go on the mound, prevented a scoreless inning and raised a hold.
NC won the match against KT in the 2021 KBO League held at Changwon NC Park in Gyeongnam on the 17th, 9-1. NC succeeded in escaping from a losing streak by blocking KT’s seven consecutive wins. Their season record was also balanced with 4 wins and 4 losses.
Yong-chan Lee started 3-1 in the early 8th inning and threw 16 balls in one inning, preventing a scoreless run (one hit and one walk) and helping the team win. Lee Yong-chan raised a hold on that day, and ‘Hold’ also recorded it again for the first time in over four years since he stopped one inning without a score in the match against Lotte on April 29, 2017. In addition, NC starter Dru Luchinski scored one run (3 hits, 3 walks) in 7 innings and posted his 7th win of the season. Last 4 personal wins.
This is the first time Lee Yong-chan has been on the mound in 379 days since the KT match on June 3 last year with Doosan. Yong-chan Lee, who started as a starting pitcher at the time, lost the game with four runs in five innings, and then underwent elbow ligament joint surgery and was out of the season. After the 2020 season, Lee Yong-chan was qualified as a free agent, but remained a missing free agent without signing with any team. However, on the 20th of last month, he signed a four-year, 2.7 billion won contract with NC and was able to climb the mound again.
Lee Yong-chan, who played only at Doosan until last year after his debut in 2007 (first nomination), worked with Yang Eui-ji, who he worked with during Doosan, for the first time in two years. After playing for Doosan, Yang Euiji has been active as the NC’s main catcher since 2019 under an FA contract.
Lee Yong-chan, who took over the mound from starting Luchinski, gave up a walk to his first opponent, pinch hitter Jang Seong-woo. However, he ended the inning by catching Cho Yong-ho with a ground ball from shortstop and Hwang Jae-gyun with a blow that led to shortstop 2nd baseman and 1st baseman. The fastest fastball is 145 km/h. The change ball is a mix of curves, sliders and forkballs. After a successful NC debut, Lee Yong-chan passed the mound to Won Jong-hyeon, a finisher, in the early ninth inning.
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