SSG does not seem to be the clear ‘1st starter’ to end the losing streak and continue the winning streak.

It looked like he was in good condition… .”

SSG lost both the first and second games of the double header against Jamsil LG on the 17th, falling into a swamp of 5 consecutive losses. In the first game of the double header, the joys and sorrows of both teams were mixed due to rainy weather. SSG took a 3-2 lead until the 5th inning thanks to a good pitch from veteran left-hander Kim Gwang-hyeon in Game 1.안전놀이터

However, the rain suddenly became heavier during SSG’s defense in the bottom of the 6th inning, and the game was stopped, and the game resumed only 70 minutes later. After Gwang-Hyun Kim, who was recording 2 runs (1 earned run) in 5 innings, left the mound, SSG immediately turned the tables and ended up losing 3-8.

In the second game, the starting mound battle was inferior. SSG selected left-hander Kirk McCarty as the starting pitcher for Game 2, but McCarty was kicked out early, giving up 9 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 7 runs (6 earned) in 3.2 innings. McCarty dominated the LG batting line with aggressive pitching until the second inning. The batting line also scored two runs first against LG starter Lim Chan-gyu.

McCarty was shaken sharply after giving up a walk to Shin Min-jae with one out in the bottom of the third inning, and was hit by timely doubles by Kim Hyun-soo, Austin Dean, and Moon Bo-kyung, allowing a 2-3 comeback. SSG, deprived of the atmosphere, eventually bowed out in the second game with a score of 5-9.

SSG coach Won-hyung Kim said, “McCarty looked to be in good condition ahead of the Hanwha match against Daejeon on the 19th. However, as we continued to throw strong pitches, LG’s batters found their timing as we moved around the batting order,” he said. “Even after conceding a run, we have to throw the ball rationally, but I think we had a difficult game because we threw in a bit of excitement.”

Coach Kim expressed regret over the lack of a clear ‘No. 1 starter’ regarding the team’s recent losing streak. SSG achieved a poor performance of 2 wins, 1 draw, and 11 losses (0.154) in 14 games played in September. He expressed his regret, saying, “Even if you are an ace pitcher as the first starter, you cannot always pitch well, but being a solid first starter plays a role in breaking a losing streak or continuing a winning streak.”

In that sense, the game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 14th was a disappointing game for SSG. SSG took a 2-0 lead into the 8th inning thanks to 8 scoreless innings by left-handed starter Roenis Elias that day. However, Seo Jin-yong, who came on the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning to close out the game, shook suddenly and gave up the tying run, and then pinch hitter Heo Gyeong-min hit a walk-off hit and lost the game 2-3.

Coach Kim said, “Elias pitched 8 scoreless innings, but there was another problem behind the scenes. “Last week, that game (against Doosan) was very disappointing,” he said.

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