Short distance, no throw…the only no-hitter, three critical throwing errors in a six-game losing streak, and the need for an alternative.
Lotte-KT game at Sasik on the 26th.
There was a rare scene. A player, a foreigner, committed three errors. All of them were throwing errors.
They were also fatal mistakes that led to crucial runs. Lotte substitute Niko Gudrum hung his head.
Gudrum, who started at third base, made three crucial throwing errors in the second, eighth, and ninth innings that cost his team a 6-8 loss. With the loss, seventh-ranked Lotte lost its sixth straight game. They are now four games behind sixth-place KIA and closer to the bottom than the middle of the pack. They are 3.5 games behind eighth-place Samsung.
At the crucial moment, there was a ridiculous throwing error.
In the top of the second inning, runners on first and second with no outs.
Oh Yun-seok singled to left field. Alford, who was trying to steal second, went back to third.
In an attempt to catch the overrun Alford, Kurtman Goodrum fired a ball to Noh Jin-hyuk at third base from a short distance. But the ball sailed high and wide to Noh’s left. Alford raced home to tie the game at 1-1.
Two outs in the top of the eighth inning with a 5-3 lead.
Park Kyung-soo hit a short single to left. Ahn Kwon-soo, the dashing left fielder, tried to make a sliding catch but couldn’t hold on to the ball. In the meantime, runners on second and third scored.
Kim Min-hyuk, a speedy first baseman, rushed home to try to tie the game. It was too much. If Gudrum’s throw was accurate, the third baseman was out.
However, Goodrum’s short throw went wide to the right of the catcher, leaving the score at 5-6. It was a costly error.
In the top of the ninth, runners on first and second with the score tied 6-6.
LOTTE closer Kim Won-joong walked Oh Yoon-seok, who had a four-hit day, on a high pitch. The bases were loaded. Choi Jae-dae hit a fast grounder up the third base line that Gudrum made a good catch. However, it deflected towards first base and the runner at third was safe. The final run was given away. It was a moment when Sajik Stadium froze.
The new foreign hitter was acquired for $400,000 on July 11 as a replacement for Jack Rex.
Expectations are high on both sides of the ball.메이저놀이터
In 28 games and 122 at-bats, he’s batting just 2-for-5. His on-base percentage of .312 and slugging percentage of .328 are the worst among foreign hitters. He is 2-for-9 with 16 RBIs in scoring position, but no home runs. The only non-homer hitter in the top 10.
It could be a mechanical issue, let alone an offensive one, that he’s hitting the same pitch to the same spot three times in short order. The memory of that day could lead to pitching trauma. Unlike the offense, the defense can’t take chances. We need to think about alternatives.