Yang Hyun-jong, first win in 5 matches in ‘5th in 4 games’… 3rd place in history to strikeout over Seon Dong-yeol

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KIA Yang Hyun-jong (left) is smiling brightly with catcher Park Dong-won as he goes down the mound after meeting the winning pitching requirements by taking 2 outs in the 7th inning against KT in the 2022 KBO League match held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 26th. Gwangju = Yonhap News

KIA Yang Hyeon-jong (34) scored his first win in the KBO League after his 5th start. In addition, he celebrated the victory by breaking the record of 1,700 strikeouts for the third time in history.

Yang Hyun-jong, who started before KT in the 2022 KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 26th, recorded 4 hits, 6 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 6.2 innings, leading the team to a 10-5 comeback victory. 99 pitches. Yang Hyeon-jong, who was replaced by two companies in the 7th, leading 4-3, became the winning pitcher as the bullpen did not allow a comeback. It was the first win of the season in five matches. It is also the first win in 55 days since the LG match on October 18, 2020.

Yang Hyun-jong also set a record for being third in strikeout history in professional baseball. Yang Hyun-jong, who had struck out 1,696 strikeouts before the start of the day, went on to strike out Kim Min-hyeok and Kim Jun-tae in the first, and Park Byeong-ho and Oh Yun-seok in the second, reaching a total of 1,700 strikeouts. This is the third highest strikeout record in history, surpassing former KIA manager Seon Dong-yeol (1,698) and former Hanwha Eagles coach Song Jin-woo (2,048 strikeouts) and KT coach Lee Kang-cheol (1,751 strikeouts).

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Yang Hyun-jong, who returned to Korea this season after playing in the big leagues last year, desperately needed his first win. He pitched a salty pitch with an ERA of 1.44 from the mound he climbed four times this season, but he was only holding two losses with no hitting line. He pitched 2,000 innings, the youngest player in professional baseball history (34 years, 1 month, 13 days), against Lotte on the 14th, but he also failed to establish a relationship with victory. While the ace did not win, the team stayed in 6th place (9 wins and 10 losses).

The first time wasn’t easy. He pitched 42 and allowed three runs. He allowed two walks and was hit by 2-4 1st and 2nd base crisis, and then hit by Oh Yun-seok and Park Kyung-soo. In the process, catcher Park Dong-won’s throwing error overlapped, and the number of runs that should have been two points increased to three.

Yang Hyun-jong, however, was an ace. He found stability in the second inning and made a quality start (3 runs in 6 innings or less) streak. He even adjusted the number of pitches to 9 in 2 innings, 14 in 3 innings, 8 in 4 innings, 9 in 5 innings, and 10 in 6 innings.

When Yang Hyun-jong made a good fight, KIA’s other lines responded from the 5th inning. In the early 5th inning, which trailed 0-3, Kim Seon-bin made a tie by hitting a sweeping double that sent a 145km double pitched by KT starting Audrey Samer Despaine to the left center in the second half of the 5th inning.

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In the 7th inning, Kim Seok-hwan hit relief pitcher Park Si-young’s first home run of the season and finally turned the game around 4-3. Yang Hyun-jong climbed the mound in the bottom of the 7th as well, struck out Jang Seong-woo for a shortstop and Kim Byung-hee, and then came down from the mound. Riding the atmosphere, KIA concentrated on 4 hits in the beginning of the 8th and ran away 8-3, effectively winning.

Catcher Dong-Won Park, who formed his first battery with Hyun-Jong Yang, fired a two-run home run and two runs in four at-bats against Kim Min-soo, who changed pitcher in the beginning of the ninth, and played a successful first game of transfer. In the bottom of the third inning, he even caught the stolen base of first-base runner Kim Min-hyeok from second base.

Park Kwan-gyu reporter


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