It was Ahn Woo-jin who had already recorded 110 pitches. A look of bewilderment was evident in Ahn Woo-jin’s expression as he talked with pitching coach Roh Byeong-oh and catcher Lee Ji-young on the mound. He scratched his head and let out a sigh with a helpless look on his face. And he prepared for the next pitch with heavy steps.

Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin suffered a defeat with 5 hits, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts and 4 runs in 6⅓ innings against KT Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 11th.

At the start of the first inning, he was hit by Kim Min-hyuk and Kim Sang-soo in a row, and Alford gave up one run on a sacrifice fly to center fielder, but his pitching was perfect afterwards. When his fastball hit early in the game, he changed his pitching pattern with the slider and it hit. His fastball with a maximum speed of 158km, slider, curve, and changeup were enough to overwhelm KT hitters. In particular, from Hwang Jae-gyun in the 2nd inning to Kim Min-hyuk in the 3rd inning, he struck out 5 batters in a row, making KT hitters stick out their tongues.

But the problem was the number of pitches. As he struck out a lot, the number of pitches An Woo-jin finished six innings was already 98. Usually, it is common to replace with a bullpen pitcher at this timing, but Kiwoom did not do that. Unexpectedly, Ahn Woo-jin came to the mound in the 7th inning.

Kiwoom was an inevitable choice. Kiwoom’s July bullpen ERA was 8.64, the lowest in the league. There is no reliable pitcher.

In a tense 1-1 situation, KT’s attack in the 7th was the central batting line from No. 4 Byeong-ho Park, and Kiwoom thought that now was the point of battle. Coach Hong Won-ki, who couldn’t believe Kiwoom’s collapsed bullpen, hoped that An Woo-jin would catch even one more batter for the team’s circumstances.

However, Park Byeong-ho was not a mediocre player. He pitched more than 100 and attacked An Woo-jin, who was weak, and got on base with a hit by the lead batter. And Jang Seong-woo increased An Woo-jin’s pitches to the maximum, and after a full-count battle that went all the way to 9 pitches, he hit a true base and created a chance for 1 out and 2 base. Kiwoom’s bench was embarrassed by the operation of the game by seasoned KT batters.

It was the biggest crisis for Kiwoom and An Woojin. Pitching coach Noh Byeong-oh came up from the Kiwoom bench inevitably. Everyone thought it was hard to hold on anymore. A look of hardship was also evident on An Woo-jin’s face. However, Kiwoom did not replace An Woo-jin this time either. Then his expression darkened.토토사이트

In the end, Ahn Woo-jin played a full count with Hwang Jae-gyun again, giving up a walk and being driven to 1st, 1st and 2nd bases. And after allowing Lee Ho-yeon to hit a timely 1 RBI, the game turned 1-2, he came down the mound.

An Woo-jin’s expression was dark, and he didn’t say anything to the coaching staff, but he took a deep breath as he wiped sweat from one side of the dugout. He was the most pitched pitcher by an individual with 120 pitches. Even with over 100 pitches, he fought back with a fiery fastball of 155km. He threw so many balls that his shoulders were heavy and showed a fighting spirit to strike out 11, but he had to shed tears.

Kiwoom had to rely on Ahn Woo-jin, who threw 120 pitches rather than the bullpen pitcher, and drank the bitter cup of defeat due to poor pitching management and fell into a 5-game losing streak.

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