In the KBO league opening two-game series, only the Kiwoom Heroes won two straight victories over the Hanwha Eagles in a row, but the other eight teams shared one win each. All of them were fierce battles, and 4 out of 10 games were won by 1 point. It was a thrilling match, but it was largely because the team’s aces couldn’t do their part.
First of all, in the opening game on the 1st, Casey Kelly (LG Twins) and David Buchanan (Samsung Lions), who are representatives of the KBO League, and Raul Alcantara (Doosan Bears), who returned after 3 years as the last 20-win pitcher in the KBO League, all collapsed.
And on the 2nd, Albert Suarez (Samsung) and the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team members Gu Chang-mo (NC Dinos) Kim Yun-shik (LG) So Joon So-jun (kt Wiz) also failed to use their strength properly and lost a lot of points. 스포츠토토
Not only that, newcomer Birch Smith (Hanwha Eagles) could not pitch in 3 innings due to a shoulder injury and voluntarily gave up, and Kirk McCarty also disappointed by giving up 8 runs in 3⅓ innings. Eui-Ri Lee (KIA Tigers) took the victory, but gave up 6 walks and still had serious problems with control, so she could not show herself worthy of a second starter.
The sluggish performance of domestic aces, Koo Chang-mo and Sohn Joon-jun, is truly shocking.
Koo Chang-mo was expected to win 6 points with the help of the other line in the Daegu Samsung match against Suarez, a foreigner in the second year, but a generous victory was expected, but he allowed Kang Min-ho to tie 3 runs, striking out 6 in 4⅓ innings while striking out 7 hits (1 Home run) collapsed with 3 walks and 6 runs.
Joon Sohn was more miserable than Changmo Gu.