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KIA that shook NC

The game of baseball is sometimes like steamed buns or dumplings. If you open it little by little from the surface, you will reach "so," which is the crystal of taste. It is sometimes difficult to recognize the inside from the exposed shape.

The highlight of the Gwangju NC-KIA match on the 16th was the 8th inning. KIA tied the game with Ko Jong-wook's double in the eighth inning with one out and runners on first and third bases and turned the tide 4-2 with timely hits by Kim Sun-bin and Lee Woo-sung. KIA's batting line showed concentration in the second half of the game and broke down the NC bullpen, which had recently been weak, at once, was the game's biggest showdown.

If you take off the game one more time, NC's foreign ace Eric Peddy came down faster than planned after hitting Ko Jong-wook's straight arm after two outs in the sixth inning, which greatly affected the mid-to-late flow of the game. Going a little further from here, KIA Kim Sun-bin entered the batter's box four times on the day and played 11 pitches in two at-bats, creating a "butterfly effect."

While Kim Sun-bin had three hits and one RBI, he allowed opposing pitchers to throw a total of 34 pitches in four at-bats. Kim Sun-bin, who came out as the third batter, played a seven-pitch game with Pedi in the first meeting in the first inning, and then played an 11-pitch game in the fourth inning. In the second at-bat in the fourth inning, he hit Peddy's glove in the 11th pitch and made an infield hit in front of the pitcher that flowed sideways, leading to a scene where Peddy caught the ball in a hurry and even made an error in throwing the ball to first base, shocking the opponent's ace with double and triple.

Kim Sun-bin was the first opponent of NC left-hander Kim Young-kyu, who came up after Peddy was replaced in a hurry after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, and played an 11-pitch game even when he entered the batter's box. He led the flow as he advanced to an infield hit in front of the pitcher again, and in the aftermath, Kim Young-kyu faced the next batter, Socrates Brito, and threw 15 pitches while catching one out count.

This may be the point where NC's bullpen operation plan is wrong. NC held a 2-0 lead by raising Ryu Jin-wook, the most reliable card in the bullpen, in the 7th inning, but missed the game as the bullpen collapsed in the 8th inning when Lim Jung-ho and Kim Si-hoon took the mound.

NC's game on this day was also a fight to minimize the input of the bullpen. It was also a game where ace Peddy, a "20-win pitcher," took the mound, but it was also because the bullpen has been weak recently. NC was at the bottom of the bullpen average with 6.04, with 5 wins and 8 losses in October, following the bullpen leak, including sending Kim Young-kyu to the Asian Games national team. Considering that bullpen earned 3.82 (2nd place) in the entire season, it was a fatal figure. In the end, the game was tilted in the bullpen fight. It was Kim Sun-bin who took the lead in the bullpen fight. In the eighth inning, Kim Sun-bin's long fight, which hit a timely hit after a five-pitch match, became a hidden turning point.

It is a talent in itself to make the opposing pitcher throw a lot of balls. In fact, Kim Sun-bin pitched 3.71 pitches per at-bat for the entire season, ranking 40th overall, which is the league average (3.91). Choi Joo-hwan (SSG) and Jung Eun-won (Hanwha) have 4.26 pitches per plate this season. It is followed by Doosan's Jung Soo-bin (4.21) and KT's Kim Sang-soo (4.20).
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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