Thursday Sep 28, 2023

“It’s okay” Alcantara crumbles after giving up six runs…and the captain’s faith remains unwavering

Even though foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara failed to fulfill his role as a “streak stopper,” Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop still showed his faith in the ace.

Alcantara started the eighth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Monday, giving up six runs on nine hits (two home runs) in 5⅔ innings with two walks and six strikeouts to suffer his fourth loss of the season.

After giving up a leadoff double to Austin Dean in the first inning, Alcantara was hit with a three-run homer by Moon Bo-Kyung in the third and a single by Hong Chang-Ki in the top of the fourth. After throwing 103 pitches, Alcantara was forced to relinquish the mound to Kim Kang-Ryul in the top of the sixth.

The ace’s struggles, coupled with a hitless batting lineup that could only muster two runs, left Doosan with a 2-9 record and a three-game losing streak after an 11-game winning streak. Doosan, who were not far from the top of the standings, now have to worry about catching up to the fourth-place NC Dinos, who are one game back.

Before the ninth game of the season against LG on the 29th, Lee Seung-yeop said, “It’s unfortunate that we lost, but it can’t be helped.” “I’m sure we had a meeting about what the problem is, and when we review the previous game, we have to find the problem and try to pitch well next time,” Lee said of Alcantara’s pitching.

In particular, Alcantara has struggled against top teams this season. He went 2-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 9⅔ innings against the LG Electronics, 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in 11⅓ innings against the SSG Landers, and 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 5⅔ innings against the NC Dinos.바카라사이트

However, Lee said, “It’s okay. It would be nice to win against the top teams, but it’s one game against the bottom teams. It’s not like we’re giving them two wins, so I’d like to think that we just weren’t in good shape when we faced the top teams.” “Alcantara is a 10-win pitcher and our ace. He’s irreplaceable, so he’s still pitching great, so we’re going to review his pitches from the day before, find the problems, and hopefully he’ll pitch a little better,” he said, adding that he wasn’t too concerned about Alcantara’s head-to-head performance.


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