Is it the pressure of a 10-game winning streak? ‘April 4 wins + ERA 1.34’ Na Kyun-an, 5 runs in 4 innings including home runs
His face, which had been smiling brightly after episode 1 or 2, quickly became drenched in sweat. Na Kyun-an, who led ‘Top De’ in April, collapsed. Is it because of the pressure of 10 consecutive victories?
The Lotte Giants are challenging their 10-game winning streak in the regular season for the first time in 15 years through the KIA Tigers match held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 3rd.
But it’s tough. Na Kyun-an, the ace he believed in, collapsed. After giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, including a home run by KIA Lee Woo-sung, in 4 innings that day, Na Kyun-an was replaced with Choi Jun-yong ahead of the defense in the top of the 5th inning.
It is Na Kyun-an, who appeared in 5 games for a month in April, digested 33⅔ innings, and recorded an average ERA of 1.34 with 4 wins and no losses. He is one of the most likely players to win the monthly MVP in April.안전놀이터
But this day was different. It was the worst fight this year.
He managed to finish the third inning, but Lee Woo-sung, whom he met again in the fourth inning, threw a curve in the first pitch and hit a solo home run that went over the left fence. Still, he was replaced after a good finish in the fourth inning. The number of pitches was 70.
Before the game, Lotte coach Larry Sutton said, “Na Kyun-an’s performance this season is not surprising to me. It is a season in which Na Kyun-an can succeed in terms of his long experience in nurturing players and his senses as a pitcher.” He continued, “As a catcher, I am good at managing the game and mixing the ball. I know how to read the inside of a batter. I also have a good sense of how to use various types of pitches.” He was also actively recommended as the monthly MVP in April.
But this day didn’t go as planned. The maximum speed of the fastball was up to 146km, but rather than using various breaking balls as usual, it was more like a fastball (29 pitches) and a forkball (28 pitches) two pitches.
As Na Gyun-an collapsed, Lotte’s winning streak, which even cheered on the resignation signboard, was also in crisis.
Episodes 1 and 2 were well blocked with a tripartite offense. However, on this day, he was caught in an unexpected natural enemy relationship with KIA Lee Woo-sung, who started instead of Lee Chang-jin.
In the 3rd inning, first batter Lee Woo-seong allowed a hit, followed by a sacrifice bunt, a walk by Park Chan-ho, and a hit by Ryu Ji-hyeok, and the bases were loaded with one run. He then conceded the first run with a walk to push off Kim Seon-bin.
4th hitter Choi Hyeong-woo allowed 2 RBIs in front of the center fielder, and Socrates also hit a timely hit.