“This is my first time” Debut series 3SV with just one ball, 21-year-old closer redeems first-half slump
Kia Tigers closer Jung Hae-young (22) had a unique experience when he earned a save with one pitch.
The 22-year-old pitched the final inning to preserve a 6-3 victory over the Lotte Giants at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on Tuesday.
The game seemed to go nowhere. It was 6-0 in the seventh inning, but Jang Hyun-sik gave up two runs in the eighth. In the ninth, Choi Ji-min was hit by back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second with no outs.
Jung Hae-young, who had been relaxed, began to warm up. Choi Ji-min induced Ahn Kwon-soo into a double play to get out of the jam, but gave up a single to Jung Hoon to score the third run.
The next batter was Jeon Jun-woo, the No. 4 hitter. Pitching coach Seo Jae-heng took the mound and called for Jung Hae-young. Jung took the mound and threw a slider. Jun-woo Jeon’s bat came out strong, but missed and floated high in the infield.
Shortstop Park Chan-ho made a nice catch to end the game. It was the 10th save of the season with one ball. He pitched the ninth inning in all three games of the series, starting on the 28th, to earn his third consecutive save.
메이저사이트 It was the first time he had ever saved on all three days of a series. In Game 28, he allowed one run to preserve a 6-5 victory, and in Game 29, he pitched a scoreless inning in a 4-1 win. The sweep was a reward for his struggles from the start to the middle of the season.
Before the game, manager Kim Jong-kook said, “I was allowing runs, but there were few hits. I was throwing a lot of fastballs, but even if I knew what I was doing, I couldn’t get the bat to hit it,” he said.
He showed off his versatility by throwing a fastball up to 147 kilometers, a slider, and a fork, and succeeded in making a full comeback as a closer. Although he is 10 years old, he still has a long way to go to reach the 20-save plateau.
After the game, Jung said of his third consecutive save, “I threw a slider. If I had thrown a fastball, I would have gotten a home run. It’s embarrassing.” She was kicking herself for finally getting 10 saves. “It’s the first time I’ve had three consecutive saves and a one-pitch save. I will work hard to get saves in the future,” he said.