Lotte Giants Na Kyun-an (25) took the sole lead with the most wins. He has already won his third match like last year.
Na Kyun-an started against the Samsung Lions at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 15th and gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings. The mound went down in the 6th inning, leading 4-3, and the team won 9-5 to achieve their 3rd win of the season.
Na Kyun-an is active as the actual ace of the Lotte Giants in the early stages of the opening season. On the 2nd, he started the second game against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, and was responsible for Lotte’s first win of the season with 5 hits and no runs in 6 2/3 innings. In the next game against the KT Wiz held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 9th, he led a 5-3 victory with 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and a perfect pitch in 7 innings. 안전놀이터
Na Gyun-an was the last member of Lotte to join the rotation. Dan Straley, Charlie Barnes, Park Se-woong, and Han Hyun-hee were pre-determined, and they won the competition with Kim Jin-wook and Seo Jun-won (released).
However, he is currently the most reassuring member of Lotte’s starting lineup.
Strayley, who started against Samsung on the 14th and complained of hamstring pain, gave up 4 runs (3 ERA) in 4 2/3 innings and went down. Another foreign pitcher, Charlie Barnes, collapsed with 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings against the LG Twins on the 11th, his first appearance. Park Se-woong is recording an average ERA of 4.66 without winning in two games. Han Hyun-hee threw 5 innings in both games, but the average ERA was as high as 7.84.
The average ERA of Lotte’s starters was 4.70 until the 14th, ranking 9th out of 10 clubs. Excluding Na Kyun-ahn’s performance on the mound, the starting pitcher’s ERA soars to 6.30.
Lotte had only 2 victories in the opening 6 games, with Na Kyun-an’s two times in good fighting. Thanks to Na Kyun-an, I was able to get out of the crisis at the beginning of the season. Na Kyun-an was responsible for 3 wins, more than half of the 5 wins this season, including the game on the 15th.
Na Kyun-an threw 22 1/3 innings in 7 games against Samsung last year, recording 1 win and 1 hold with an ERA of 1.59. The uptrend continued this season as well.
Na Kyun-an received 1 point in the first inning and 3 points in the 3rd inning. After two outs in the third inning, he was driven to the bases loaded crisis with a hit and two walks, but Kang Min-ho was treated as a ground ball in front of the third baseman and continued pitching scoreless. Na Gyun-an, who gave consecutive hits to Oh Jae-il and Kim Dong-yeop in the 4th inning, allowed Kim Ji-chan to hit 1 RBI on 1st and 3rd base. Then, in a game with Lee Seong-gyu, he saw Kim Ji-chan’s second base steal in the first base week and drove it to a rundown through a check ball. However, while Kim Ji-chan tactfully ran the bases, third base runner Kim Dong-yeop dug home and scored. Lotte Lee Hak-joo threw home, but the timing was too late, allowing Kim Ji-chan as well as the third base runner to score.
In the 5th inning, Na Kyun-an was driven to the bases with 1 hit and 2 walks on 4 balls after 1 out, but gave only 1 run and finished pitching.
Na Kyun-ahn threw a total of 104 balls (63 strikes) that day. 4 strikeouts. On this day, 17 consecutive scoreless innings were stopped, but the average ERA was still low at 1.45.