Kiwoom’s opponent hit the perfect pitching pitcher’s glove up to 8 innings and 1 company, and Russell’s batting ball refraction
record was broken… Samsung won 6-4
Samsung’s left-handed pitcher Baek Jeong-hyeon entered the professional stage in 2007 with the 8th pick in the 2nd round of the 1st round and remained a promising player for more than 10 years. He was nicknamed ‘Okinawa Kershaw’ because he always performed well in spring training, but he didn’t show much performance when he started the season.
In 2021, when he was in his 14th year as a pro, 메이저놀이터Baek Jung-hyun finally exploded in potential. In 2021, he started 27 games and threw 157.2 innings, recording 14 wins and 5 losses with an average ERA of 2.63, quickly becoming a top-class starting pitcher. After the 2021 season, Baek Jung-hyun, who obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA), was recognized for his outstanding performance and signed a 4-year FA contract worth 3.8 billion won.
Last season, which started ambitiously, Baek Jung-hyun showed the worst sluggishness. In the first half, he recorded 10 losses without a single win. He succeeded in rebounding in the second half and won 4 wins, but the final report card was 4 wins and 13 losses with an average ERA of 5.27, raising doubts whether the appearance of 2021 would be a’sparkling performance’.
Baek Jung-hyun collapsed greatly with 5 hits, 3 walks and 5 runs in 2 innings against Hanwha on the 6th, the first appearance of the 2023 season. He pitched well with 5 innings and 1 run against SSG on the 12th, but became the losing pitcher as the team lost 0-3. Baek Jung-hyun, an ordinary starting pitcher with a season record of 0-2 and an ERA of 7.71, almost set a perfect record in the third appearance of the season, a record that no one has ever recorded in the history of the KBO League.
Baek Jung-hyun started in the away game against Kiwoom in the 2023 KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 18th and showed perfect pitching, not giving up any hits and four balls until the 8th inning. His highest fastball speed was only 138 km/h, but he took the timing of Kiwoom hitters properly by throwing a perfect pitch, slider, and changeup. Beasts also helped Baek Jeong-hyeon’s perfect march with lake rain.
Baek Jung-hyun, who could have become the protagonist of the first perfect game in the history of the 42-year KBO League by adding five outcounts, gave up an infield hit to Kiwoom foreign hitter Edison Russell in the 8th inning with one out. Russell’s batted ball hit Baek Jung-hyeon’s glove and was deflected, and shortstop Lee Jae-hyeon caught it and threw it to first base, but Russell had already passed first base. Russell’s hit was recorded as an infield hit, breaking Baek’s perfect streak. Baek Jeong-hyeon induced his follow-up hitter Lee Ji-young to double play and finished the 8th inning.
Baek Jung-hyun, who went to the mound in the ninth inning for a shutout, is it because he is relaxed? He was hit with doubles and triples by Kim Dong-hun and Lim Byung-wook in a row and passed the mound to Lee Seung-hyun. As Lee Seung-Hyeon hit a sacrifice fly from Lee Yong-Kyu, Baek Jung-Hyun’s run increased to two. Baek Jung-hyun’s final report card was 8 innings, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and 2 runs. Baek Jung-hyun, who led Samsung to a 6-4 victory, reported his first win of the season. Samsung, which fell into a pit of 6 consecutive losses at the beginning of the season, later recorded 4 wins and 1 loss, raising its season record to 6 wins and 8 losses.
In Daejeon, Doosan defeated Hanwha 2-0. Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju, who became the first Korean player to cross 160km in the match against KIA on the 12th, started that day and pitched well with 2 hits and 8 strikeouts in 5.2 innings, but could not win because he did not receive help from the team’s lineup. KT defeated SSG 4-2 in Suwon.