Left-handed pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (33, Texas Rangers) successfully made his debut in the MLB Major League Baseball.
Yang Hyun-jong started an away game against the Minnesota Twins held at the Minneapolis Target Field in Minnesota, USA on the 6th (Korean time), threw 66 balls in 3⅓ innings, and scored 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 1 run.
He didn’t record a win or lose by handing the ball in a 1-1 confrontation situation. The average ERA went up slightly from 2.08 to 2.25.
Yang Hyun-jong caught a whopping eight strikeouts, which is the record for the most strikeouts before his debut as a pitcher from Korea. Previously, Park Chan-ho (retired) and Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) recorded five each.
This is not the only record set by Yang Hyun-jong. He was 33 years old and 65 days old, setting the record for his MLB Texas pitching debut. In addition, after Danny Darwin in 1980, he was the first Texas pitcher to score less than 3⅓ innings, with more than eight strikeouts.
After reading the pitching pattern, Yang Hyeon-jong allowed 4 consecutive hits against 1-1. He gave a heavy hit to Cruz and a recognized double that went over the left fence with a one-bound to Garlic, and was struck by a safe second and third base crisis. The embarrassed Yang Hyeon-jong gave Gabor his first walk, and was in danger of being safely overrun. However, it did not lead to mass concessions. It was replaced by a valuable strikeout by inducing a missed swing with a high ball outside against Polanco.
Kiho Ilbo, KIHOILBO