The expression ‘savior’ fits perfectly.
Lotte, which was in danger of losing its first sweep of the season. However, there was a ‘savior’ in Lotte.
Lotte won 5-3 in the match against KT in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 9th.
Lotte was thirsty for one win. It’s been a while since I’ve lost three in a row. Lotte had only one place to lean on.
Starting pitcher Na Gyun-an, who led Lotte’s opening win, took the lead in escaping from a losing streak by pitching 7 innings and pitching 4 hits and no runs. The maximum speed is 146 km. In addition to the fastball, he tied KT’s lineup with various pitches such as forkball, curveball, cutter, and slider. KT is a team that scored 14 points against Lotte on the 7th and 8th. However, in front of Na Kyun-an’s helmet, it was a cold fall.
Lotte’s batting line was silent until the 6th inning, but thanks to Na Kyun-an’s scoreless pitching, Lotte was able to compete with 0-0 until the beginning of the 7th inning. In addition, in the top of the 7th inning, center fielder Kim Min-seok catches Park Kyung-soo’s big ball, and the atmosphere in Lotte heats up with a picturesque lake rain. In the end, Lotte took a 3-0 lead at the end of the 7th thanks to Hwang Seong-bin’s timely left-handed hit and Kim Min-seok’s right-handed hit, and Na Kyun-an was able to leave the mound with the qualifications of a winning pitcher.
After the game, Na Kyun-an said, “It’s not without pressure because I’m in the middle of a losing streak, but I tried to throw only my ball from the mound.” I turned the ball to Yoo Kang-nam, who was in sync with the battery.
Even for Na Kyun-an, who was in a good fight, Park Kyung-soo’s big hit in the top of the 7th was a dizzying moment. Na Kyun-an expressed his gratitude to Kim Min-seok, saying, “At the end, I thought ‘it was a big deal’ at the plate of senior Park Kyung-soo, but (Kim) Min-seok caught it well and kept the atmosphere.” 메이저놀이터
Na Gyun-ahn, who has already won his second win of the season, has emerged as a ‘real ace’ by leading all of Lotte’s two victories. Na Kyun-an, who threw 117⅔ innings between start and rescue last year and recorded an average ERA of 3.98 with 3 wins, 8 losses and 2 holds, was a player who was mentioned as a candidate for the 5th starter during this spring camp, but with steady pitching in practice games and demonstration games, he suddenly changed his mind. He vomited the spirit of being promoted to ‘2nd starter’. It was by no means an unconventional promotion. In his opening first appearance, he gave the team its first win, and this time saved the team from a three-game losing streak. At this pace, a new name may soon be added to the lineage of Lotte’s native ace.