|KIA players, who won the professional baseball ‘2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ match between the KIA Tigers and LG Twins 1-0 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 25th, share joy. 2022.8.25/News1 © News1 Reporter Min Kyung-seok|
The KIA Tigers secured 5th place by defeating the NC Dinos, which was started by local ace Chang-mo Koo. But it is still too early to be relieved. Drew Luchinsky is waiting for the KIA.
KIA won 3-1 against Changwon NC on the 22nd. With this victory, KIA, which escaped from 9 consecutive losses from the Doosan Bears on the 11th and recorded 63 wins (1 draw and 69 losses) in the season, widened the gap with 6th place NC (59 wins, 3 draws and 68 losses) by 1.5 games.
It was effective to attack Gu Chang-mo at the beginning of the game. In the first inning, KIA scored 5 hits to Chang-mo Koo and scored 3 goals. Afterwards, he failed to score an additional goal, but the three points drawn in the first inning continued to lead to the finish line. The bullpen resources, including starting Yang Hyun-jong, also blocked the NC line with one run and protected the victory.
KIA, who desperately needed to escape from a losing streak in order to reverse the atmosphere with the 5th place, sighed with victory on this day. Now, through winning streak, we have to get out of the range of NC and other chasing teams.
In order for KIA to rise, they must surpass NC starter Luchinsky in the match on the 23rd.
In 28 games this season, Luchinski is 8-11 and has a 3.04 ERA. He hasn’t won seven games in a row since the Lotte Giants on the 6th of last month, but he’s still a starting pitcher that NC can trust.
KIA needs to bring back the good memories of the last match. In the game on the 18th of last month, Luchinsky was sluggish with five runs in six innings against KIA. At that time, KIA only hit Luchinsky with three home runs, Socrates Brito hit two and Seong-Beom Na hit one. Kim Seon-bin also recorded a multi-hit and was active. In today’s game, the performances of the three players are absolutely essential.
Ki-young Lim’s role as the KIA starter on this day is also important. Coincidentally, Lim Ki-young’s record against NC this season was not good. He appeared as a starter in three games and became a losing pitcher in all. He allowed a total of 12 runs and had a high earned run average of 7.53. He has only played one game over six innings.
Still, hope can be found in the fact that the results of the last two matches are not bad. Gi-Young Lim, who won his third win of the season with 7 innings of goalless pitching against Doosan on the 10th, threw well with 3 runs in 6⅓ innings against the Samsung Lions on the 17th, his most recent appearance. If he pitches with a sense of stability even against NC, it is expected to be a great help to the batting line that is struggling.