Kim Kwang-hyeon (33) of the American Major League Baseball (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed a thrilling victory in 68 days in 11 matches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 1st. It was his turn to run for a winning streak after a long period of sluggishness and bad luck, but the opponent was not formidable. This is because the San Francisco Giants, which boast the highest win rate in MLB this season, were Kim Kwang-hyun’s next opponent. Furthermore, the starting pitcher of the opponent is San Francisco ace Kevin Gaussman, who is considered a strong candidate for this season’s Cy Young.
However, Kim Kwang-hyun showed the best pitching since his debut in the big leagues and harvested his 3rd win (5 losses) along with his first consecutive win of the season. Kim Kwang-hyun started in the away game against San Francisco held at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on the 6th, and threw 89 pitches in 7 innings, the most of the season, giving only 3 hits and 2 walks. led to victory Kim Kwang-hyun, who made his second quality start of the season (more than 6 starting innings and less than 3 earned runs), succeeded in winning his first consecutive win since his MLB debut and lowered his ERA from 3.79 to 3.39. Kim Kwang-hyun played a good game in the Milwaukee Brewers away game on September 15 last year with 7 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and no runs. In particular, Kim Kwang-hyun has been pitching salty water with an ERA of 0.75 in two wins since July.
Above all, the San Francisco game was a game where the power of the main weapon slider was properly revived. On that day, Kim Kwang-hyun threw 38 sliders, more than the four-seam fastball (33), and faced the San Francisco batting line. On this day, he threw 15 changeups, which averaged 9.7% of the season. With a changeup with a similar trajectory to the slider, he dazzled the opponent’s line and induced a whopping 12 ground balls. In particular, he drew all 9 outs from the 5th to the 7th with a hitter, and 6 of them were treated as third-base ground balls. This is the result of attacking 7 San Francisco right-handed hitters who were deployed to face left-handed Kwang-hyun Kim with a body slider.
The unexpected situation that occurred in the 4th inning went well. Kim Gwang-hyun threw the first ball at Darin Rough, who played for Samsung in the KBO League in the absence of a runner-up, and staggered and grimaced, raising concerns about injury, but fortunately he continued to fight. As a result, the St. Louis line, which had been dragged by Gaussman as a no-hit until the 7th inning, was finally revived. In the chance of 2-4 1 and 2, which started with Nolan Erronado’s first hit, Matt Carpenter beat Gaussman with a double RBI triple hitting the middle wall, breaking the 0-0 balance, giving Kim Kwang-hyeon a victory pitcher requirement.
After the game, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I suffered a back injury during the demonstration game and it was difficult because my regular season performance was not good.” “With this match as an opportunity, I will regain my confidence and show my best form. I want to play the rest of the season while enjoying the game without getting impatient.”
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