There was no significant difference in the number of hits at 10-12, but eventually, the slight difference began to occur because of walks. SSG Landers, the defending champion and the team with the most walks, once again confirmed the current status of the mound.
SSG lost 4-12 in the 12th game of the season against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd. SSG, mired in three consecutive losses, had 60 wins, 1 draw, and 50 losses (0.545).
Seung-won Moon, who was in charge of starting duties, suffered his fifth loss of the season with 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 5⅔ innings. Despite pitching 5 innings for the first time in about four months since the Jamsil LG Twins game (5 innings) on April 25, they could not avoid defeat.
In the end, the problem was walks. Seung-won Moon seemed to get off to a good start by grounding out the first batter, Chan-ho Park, in the top of the first inning, but then gave up consecutive walks to Do-young Kim and Seong-beom Na. In the end, he brought on a scoring crisis, and even contributed the points with Choi Hyung-woo’s RBI double and Socrates Brito’s sacrifice fly.
Seung-won Moon was unable to prevent a run in the top of the second inning. He had a 7-pitch match with lead hitter Hwang Dae-in, but allowed him to get on base with a ball that hit his body. In addition, Moon Seung-won’s runs increased as he was hit by a two-run gun from follow-up batter Han Jun-su.
Afterwards, Seung-won Moon went through 5 innings while minimizing runs, but the bullpen pitchers were also hampered by walks. Ko Hyo-jun, who took the mound in the top of the 6th inning with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, recorded 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs in 1 inning, and third pitcher Lee Geon-wook also performed poorly, allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 1 run in 1 inning.
After Seong-gon Jeong went down after only ⅓ innings, Joo-han Kim and Dong-min Seo each allowed 2 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 3 runs, while pitching 1 inning, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs. Except for Jeong Seong-gon, who quickly handed the mound over to the next pitcher, the remaining five pitchers recorded at least one walk and walk.토토사이트
In comparison, KIA’s pitchers, from starter Yoon Young-cheol to Im Ki-young, Lee Jun-young, Jang Hyun-sik, and Kim Dae-yu, finished the game with no throws. Although home runs, including Lee Heung-ryun’s two-run shot, were allowed, efforts to reduce walks and walks led to the victory.
Of the 9 walks and walks recorded by SSG on this day, a whopping 8 were walks. SSG’s number of walks this season, including the game against KIA on the 2nd, is 477, ranking first in the league. SSG coach Kim Won-hyung, who cannot be unaware of this fact, is also demanding active competition from pitchers every time.
Even ahead of the KIA game on the 2nd, Coach Kim said, “Even if you get hit after 2 strikes, you have to be able to actively compete and fight on the mound yourself, and although I conceded a point, I think (that part) is okay.” He added, “If it gets to a full count, it will be too much from my perspective.” He also expressed his thoughts, saying, “It’s difficult. When you’re losing, you can hit more home runs, so I hope you compete actively.” There is still a long way to go, but it is something that SSG must overcome if it wants to retain its place on the throne.