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Doosan avenged its loss the previous day thanks to foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell's good pitching.
Doosan won 2-1 in the game against Lotte held at Jamsil Stadium on the 8th. On this day, Brandon pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and no runs.
Doosan, which lost the victory the day before when first starter Raul Alcantara was kicked out early after giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 3 innings, was able to forget the pain of defeat by bringing in another foreign pitcher.
Brandon threw a total of 87 pitches on this day, throwing a mix of fastballs (38), cutters (25), curves (14), sliders (8), and change-ups (2) with a maximum distance of 151 km.
In the batting lineup, just 2 runs were enough.
Doosan scored two runs at once in the fourth inning. With no outs on second base, Yang Eui-ji scored the first run with a timely hit to left. With one out and runners on first and third base, Yang Eui-ji came all the way home during Kang Seung-ho's sacrifice fly to left field, making Brandon the winning pitcher.
On this day, Brandon achieved his 11th win (3 losses) of the season, running a 6-game winning streak since the match against Gocheok Kiwoom on August 23. In addition, starting from the Jamsil game on July 25th, they continued their 3-game winning streak against Lotte, showing off their strong performance.
Following Brandon, Myung-shin Kim (1.2 innings), Kang-ryul Kim (0 innings), and Cheol-won Jeong (1.1 innings) took the mound in order to secure the victory.
After the game, Brandon gave credit to his teammates, saying, “Today was a victory for the team. As you can see from the score, it is a game that requires good offense and defense, so I think it is a victory for the team.”
Brandon said, “The strategy was to upset the balance of the opposing hitters. He changed his velocity and location. “In some ways, he has a pitch that can make a lot of difference, so he was able to throw it aggressively,” he said.
Brandon, who worked with starting catcher Yang Eui-ji that day, said, “With Yang Eui-ji, we make simple strategies. He says let's attack the strike zone quickly and win the count quickly. “He took the strategy as we talked about not giving out walks for free,” he explained.
Brandon, who has reconnected with Doosan and is playing this season, now looks to fall baseball.
Brandon said, “I think every player joins hoping to play in the postseason. I, too, would be really excited if I played as a pitcher in the postseason. “But since we are currently fighting for rankings, our only goal is to finish the regular season well.”
Sunday, October 8, 2023