[OSEN=창원, 조형래 기자] The end of the third year with a childish appearance is still stepping towards the center of history.
The KIA Tigers finally escaped their 9th consecutive losing streak. KIA won 3-1 against NC Dinos at NC Park in Changwon on the 22nd. With this, KIA managed to escape the ninth consecutive defeat and managed to secure fifth place. The race against NC, who had been chasing closely, was again widened by 1.5 games.
On that day, KIA started all-out war after starting Yang Hyun-jong’s 5 innings, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts and 1 run. The Pil Seung-joo, followed by Park Jun-pyo (⅔ innings scoreless), Lee Jun-young (⅓ innings free), and Jang Hyun-sik (1⅔ innings free), focused on one pitch and put the NC batters to sleep. And after two matches in the 8th inning, Jung Hae-young came up and completed a four-out save.
Jung Hae-young’s last save was against Jamsil Doosan on the 10th, just before the ninth consecutive loss. During the ninth consecutive losing streak, Jung Hae-young never went on the mound due to the save situation. Except for the two consecutive fights against Hanwha in Gwangju on the 15th and 16th, Jung Hae-young had to blankly watch the team’s defeat in the bullpen.
Finally, the chance to save came after 12 days. A slightly unstable lead with a two-point difference, batting line starting from NC 4th batter Euiji Yang. As Jung Hae-young, he came up on the mound at a moment of 100 times his burden ahead of his 9th consecutive loss. just as expected. The first batter Eui-ji Yang allowed a hit and started uneasy. However, left fielder Chang-jin Lee blocked the double hit with a single hit, preventing the crisis from continuing.
Afterwards, Jung Hae-young finished the 8th inning by striking out in a fastball game against Nick Martini and overcoming the crisis. The ninth inning he finished with ease. By striking out Noh Jin-hyeok, Oh Young-soo as catcher foul fly, and pinch-hitting Kim Joo-won directly with a ground ball, he directly cut a long nine-game losing streak. It was a save made in 12 days, and he achieved 29 saves of the season and 5th multi-inning save.
After the game, Jung Hae-young said, “I felt good. I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve been high-fives.” “It’s been 10 games. I explained what I was looking for.
The burden and pressure were evident on his face. He greeted the reporters with his bright red face. He said, “I think it’s really good,” he said with a laugh, “I think it was because I threw it all my strength from the beginning. I thought I would block it unconditionally because you trusted me and let me go. I concentrate on every game, but today I felt more responsibility and focused more.” said vigorously.
In the future, Jung Hae-young is always ready to go out to win the 5th place shooter and the team. He emphasized, “I went to the Gyeonggi bullpen today and heard that ‘I can be put in early’, but I have 11 games left anyway.
He has 29 saves in the season. Jung Hae-young, who made a final 34 saves last year, set the record for most save ties in the Tigers season. He stood shoulder to shoulder with Lim Chang-yong in 1998. In addition, he broke the record for the youngest 30 saves in KBO league history at the age of 20 years, 1 month and 27 days. In a single season for the Tigers, he recorded 30 saves for the fifth time after Seon Dong-yeol (1993, 1995), Lim Chang-yong (1998), and Yoon Seok-min (2015).
However, Jung Hae-young is now challenging the record that even the legendary Tigers pitchers, including Seon Dong-yeol, could not achieve. Now, if you add one save, you will achieve 30 saves for two consecutive years following last year. No pitcher in Tigers history with 30 saves for two consecutive years. Jung Hae-young will challenge the record that no one has achieved in the long history of the Tigers. /[email protected]