Fighting back with pain from the 3rd… 5th rank sniper
“The record of pitching 170 innings in eight straight seasons, it didn’t really matter”
Yang Hyun-jong (34), ace of the KIA Tigers, felt pain in his left elbow while defending in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Yang Hyun-jong, who has been throwing the ball since the first inning, felt an abnormality in his elbow, probably because he threw the ball too hard.
After defending in the third inning, Yang Hyun-jong, who went into the dugout, clenched his teeth and rubbed his elbow.
Yang Hyun-jong’s expression on the broadcast was tragic.
Yang Hyun-jong did not stop pitching.
He also appeared in the 4th and 5th innings, and threw the ball with all his might until he was replaced by a triple by Son Ah-seop, the first batter in the 6th.
Yang Hyun-jong started the game against NC Dinos in professional baseball at NC Changwon Park on the 22nd.
Today’s game was special.
5th place KIA have recently lost 9 in a row and are being chased by 6th place NC by half a game.
Yang Hyun-jong was on the mound in the crisis of losing the team in 10th straight and falling to 6th place.
In fact, Yang Hyun-jong’s recent pace has not been very good.
He had already played a lot of innings this season, so his physical strength was evident.
Yang Hyun-jong was sluggish with a 6.99 ERA in five starts in August, and also recorded a 5.00 ERA in three games he played since September.
During this period, Yang Hyun-jong had only one win and three losses.
NC, on the other hand, put in the left hand ace Chang-mo Koo for this game.
It was a difficult situation.
However, Yang Hyun-jong had nowhere to retreat.
Although the weight and pressure on the shoulders was considerable, Yang Hyun-jong threw the ball energetically.
Yang Hyun-jong did not waver.
In the second inning, one company, one base crisis, Yoon Hyung-Jun and Seo Ho-Cheol turned side by side with a futile swing shot.
He showed no signs of pain even after the 3rd period, when he started to feel pain in his elbow.
The speed of the fastball that the last batsman Son Ah-seop hit in the third inning was 147 km/h.
Yang Hyun-jong’s fastball suspension dropped from the 4th inning, probably due to the result of elbow pain.
However, Yang Hyun-jong skillfully held the opponent’s batting line with a changing ball such as a slider and changeup.
In the 5th inning, 2 out of 1 base crisis, after an 8th game with Park Min-woo, he took the lead by dealing a shortstop ground ball.
Yang Hyun-jong’s fighting spirit awakened the KIA players.
The monsters, who made several mistakes during the nine-game losing streak, helped Hyun-Jong Yang with intense play.
The bullpen, which had repeatedly made hit saves, kept a two-point lead until the end with a different concentration than before.
KIA, united with Yang Hyun-jong, defeated NC 3-1 and broke the chain of 9 straight losses.
In addition, he also secured 5th place.
On this day, Yang Hyun-jong became the winning pitcher with 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 1 run in 5 innings, setting the record for pitching 170 innings for 8 consecutive seasons for the first time in the KBO league .
He also scored his first win for each team this season.
However, for Yang Hyeon-jong, these achievements were not in his mind.
Yang Hyun-jong, whom I met after the game, said, “I heard about it after I got off the mound.
Regarding the condition of the elbow, he said, “I had pain from the 3rd inning, but I threw the ball thinking that I had to take responsibility for the 5th at least. “I got off the mound,” he said.
Yang Hyun-jong also reassured those around him, saying, “It seems to be a momentary pain” and “I don’t think there will be a big problem in the next game.”
When asked about his feelings after losing the losing streak, he said calmly, “It’s been very difficult for the players and the coaches.