Thursday Sep 28, 2023

A 14-batter hitting streak + 6 innings of scoreless baseball, a more intense ‘transfer day’ never happened

On his first day on the mound in a striped uniform, LG Twins pitcher Choi Won-tae impressed fans with a near-perfect performance.

LG cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Doosan Bears in the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday, completing a three-game weekend sweep to win their fourth straight. Their season record now stands at 53 wins, 2 draws, and 33 losses (0.616).

While the bats came alive early on in the game, with everyone in the lineup collecting a hit, it was starter Won-Tae Choi’s performance that proved decisive. Won-tae Choi pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking none to earn his seventh win of the season.

Originally scheduled to start for the Kiwoom Heroes on the 29th against the Samsung Lions, Choi took the mound a day later due to a trade. It was a different venue and a different opponent. On the day of the trade, Choi quipped that he was “not adjusting well,” but he pitched like the best homegrown right-hander in Korea.

After retiring Jung Soo-bin, Heo Kyung-min, and Kim Jae-hwan in order in the first inning, Choi struck out Yang Ji, Yang Suk-hwan, and Kang Seung-ho in the second. The bottom of the third and fourth innings also ended in a triple play. Choi Won-tae did not allow a single runner to reach base until the bottom of the fifth inning. Two batters later, Kang Seung-ho singled to left, his first hit of the day.

The next batter, Yang Chan-yeol, struck out to keep the scoreless streak alive, but Choi faced his first scoring threat of the game in the top of the sixth inning when Kim Tae-geun doubled to center field. One pitch later, he retired Jung Soo-bin on a grounder to first base, and Heo Kyung-min ended the inning with a single to left field. It was Choi Won-tae’s last inning of the day.메이저사이트

In particular, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop had ordered a “fast-paced” game when Choi joined the team. The day before, Choi had said, “I think he wants a fast game because our team’s batting is good, not trying to score runs.”

On the day, Choi threw 75 pitches until the sixth inning, and there were no innings with more than 15 pitches except for the third and fifth innings, when he threw 19 and 18 pitches, respectively. It was a satisfying transfer ceremony for Choi, not only for the result but also for the process.


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