More balls than strikes… Only 4 pitches → self-inflicted crisis with full bases, there are days like this even for Korean top-class rookies

Kim Seo-hyun, the ‘Korean baseball super rookie’, also has days like this.메이저놀이터

Hanwha Eagles Kim Seo-hyun took the mound as the third pitcher in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Samsung Lions game held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 4th.

Kim Seo-hyun had played 16 games before the match and recorded one save and an average ERA of 5.06 without a win or loss. He seemed to be adapting to the league little by little, but in the last 1 days, Daejeon Kiwoom Heroes was shaken with 0.1 innings, 1 hit, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 3 runs. 3 runs tied the record for the most runs in an individual game, and 3 walks allowed the most walks in an individual game.

Kim Seo-hyun gave up only four pitches to Daejeon Samsung Electronics. Photo = Reporter Kim Young-gu
In the 6th inning, he gave up a heavy hit to lead batter Yoon Jeong-bin. He allowed Kim Hyeon-jun to walk, but Kim Dong-yeop was treated as a double hit to third base, and Jose Pirella, who came out, also turned the shortstop ground ball to finish the inning safely.

The problem was the 7th. After giving up a walk to the lead hitter, pinch hitter Kim Jae-sang, Lee Jae-hyeon threw four balls in a row and faced a crisis with runners on 1st and 2nd base. Kim Jae-seong struck out on a swing by using his main weapon slider, but allowed Kim Ji-chan to hit the ball, causing a crisis with the first runner loaded.

The Hanwha bench put Kang Jae-min in place of Kim Seo-hyun, who was shaking. Kang Jae-min came up in a difficult moment, but struck out pinch hitter Oh Jae-il and handled Yoon Jeong-bin as a shortstop grounder.

On this day, Kim Seo-hyun had 1 hit, 4 walks, 1 strikeout and no run in 1.1 innings. If Kang Jae-min had allowed the successor runner to lose points, Kim Seo-hyun’s points would have gone up. With the help of his senior, he succeeded in lowering his ERA from 5.06 to 4.67.

On this day, Seohyun Kim threw 31 balls. He had more balls (17) than strikes (14). He only played 3 games in June, and even though he is a bullpen pitcher who doesn’t play many innings, he only gave up 6 walks. He has a good fast ball, but he will not feel the stability of his control.

Meanwhile, Hanwha escaped their losing streak by beating Samsung 10-5. Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said, “The point of today’s game was that Kim Beom-soo and Gam Jae-min prevented it well in a crisis. In a situation where the current could go awry, the two pitchers and the defense showed their concentration and kept the victory.”

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