EYES ace promises ‘leap of the giants’ after defeating KIA

Lotte Giants eyeglasses ace Park Se-woong led the team to back-to-back wins and a three-game midweek series sweep. The Giants picked up their fifth win of the season with a dominant pitching performance against the Kia Tigers.

Park threw eight innings of four-hit ball with one walk, two strikeouts and one run allowed in Game 4 of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League against Kia at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on Wednesday.

Park used a powerful fastball that topped out at 149 mph and a variety of pitches, including a slider, forkball, and curveball, to cook the KIA bats.

He faced a 1-3-3 jam in the top of the first inning, but got out of the jam by getting KIA’s No. 4 hitter, Choi Hyung-woo, to ground into a double play at second base, shortstop, and first base.

Park then used aggressive pitching to conserve pitches and get out of the inning. He retired five batters in order in the second, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. She gave 200% until she left the mound to start the top of the ninth inning with Lotte leading 4-1.

Lotte rode a strong pitching performance from Park Se-woong to a 4-2 victory over Kia, securing a second straight win and a three-game midweek sweep of the top-ranked Kia for the second straight day after a 6-1 upset on April 21.

Lotte’s closer Kim Won-joong gave up one run on two hits and two walks in the top of the ninth inning, but he worked out of a bases-loaded jam without allowing another run to score, preserving the team’s winning streak and Park Se-woong’s need for the win.

Park picked up his fifth win of the season. It was the second consecutive quality start for the right-hander, who pitched six innings of four-hit ball, one walk, six strikeouts and no runs against the KT Wiz in Suwon on April 16. He lowered his ERA to 3.59 and moved into a tie with LG Twins’ Choi Won-tae, NC’s Dinos Hart, Doosan’s Brandon Waddell, and Kia’s James Nail for the league lead in wins.

“From the beginning of the eighth inning, pitching coach Joo Hyung-kwang told me that if the batters scored more runs in the eighth inning, I would pitch in the ninth inning, and if it was a save situation, the closer (Kim Won-joong) would come out,” Park said in an official postgame interview. “If it was a complete game, I would have been greedy, but I didn’t think 메이저토토사이트 much of it because it was a complete game.”

“I trusted Kim Won-joong because he’s a pitcher who closes well even when he’s struggling,” he said, adding, “Right fielder Shin Yoon-hoo played good defense not only in the ninth inning but throughout the game. I only struck out two batters today, and I’m thankful that the fielders did a good job of catching ground balls and fly balls.”

Although Lotte is still in last place, the team has been on the upswing in May, with 9 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw in 16 games, the second-best monthly winning percentage behind the Doosan Bears (12 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws). The team is just 0.5 games behind the eighth-place Hanwha Eagles and Kiwoom Heroes, and one game behind seventh-place KT, meaning they could make a run at the title at any time.

“Lotte has definitely changed since May,” said Park Se-woong. “We’ve been losing a lot of games, but recently, we’ve been winning games like today, and in close games, the momentum has shifted in our favor and we’re winning little by little,” Park said.

“When the starters are pitching well, it creates the conditions 토토사이트 추천 for the team to perform at its best. The whole team is playing well right now, so we want to continue our current pace,” he said.

The team is not worried about the race for the title right now. At his current pace, Park is well on track to reach double-digit wins for the third time in his career, following 2017 (12) and 2021 and 2022 (10+).

“I think it’s too early to talk about competing for the multiple-win title, but I’m more happy that I helped the team win games,” Park said. “Our team has a high winning percentage when the starters give us quality starts. I want to pitch as many innings as possible in each outing so that I can take the load off the bullpen.”

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