‘Strayly followed by Barnes also rebound’ Lotte beats Hanwha and regains first place
Professional baseball Lotte Giants continues to rise in May.
Lotte won 3-1 after an extended game against Hanwha in the 2023 KBO League held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 16th.
With this, Lotte, who succeeded in winning three games in a row, took the top spot again, ahead of SSG Landers, who lost to NC Dinos that day.
On the last day of April, Lotte rose to the top spot for the first time in 11 years, raising hopes for a return to fall baseball after six seasons.
Although he showed a strong appearance every spring and earned the unpleasant nickname of ‘Bomde’, he did not come down from the lead until mid-May and maintained a really different look for a long time this season.
In particular, it is nice to see the rebound of two foreign pitchers, Dan Straley and Charlie Barnes, who were sluggish during the month of April.
Despite finishing April in first place, the sluggish performance of two foreign starting pitchers was a problem for Lotte. Strayley was sluggish with 2 losses and an average ERA of 5.82 in the first five games without a win, and Barnes had an average ERA of 7.58 in four games in April, and the possibility of being kicked out was even mentioned.
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However, the two pitchers came back to life side by side in May, putting wings on Lotte’s rising trend.
Strayley regained the dignity of an ace with an ERA of 1.46 in 2 games, and Barnes, following a perfect pitch against Doosan on the 10th, also against Hanwha on the 10th, 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 1 run (1 ERA). ) and recorded the season’s first quality start plus.안전놀이터
Barnes, who continued to score no runs until the 7th inning, went to the mound in the 8th inning as well, but came down the mound after allowing lead batter Oh Seon-jin to hit a double to left field. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a relationship with victory as the bullpen couldn’t stop the home runner from Barnes.
However, thanks to Barnes’ brilliant fight, Lotte won a pleasant victory thanks to Noh Jin-hyuk’s two-run gun in the 10th inning at the end of an extra game.
Even in hot weather, attention is focused on how far Lotte’s rise, which is clearing the stigma of ‘Bomde’ with a victory of tenacity, will continue.