Both Hanwha and KT, which experienced a 204-minute interruption, expressed deep regret.
Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said on the 18th, “The ground conditions were not normal. Not only was there a risk of injury to the players, but there was also no way to steal bases. “As the game was stopped for more than three hours, the batters on both teams were not in the best shape,” he said.
Hanwha and KT experienced the longest suspension in history in the second game of a doubleheader held at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 17th, with the game being stopped due to rain while the lead batter was at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, and then resumed 3 hours and 24 minutes later. This is because the ground was in a mess, but it was decided to somehow resume rather than cancel the game, and it took about 3 hours just to repair it. After the game resumed in the bottom of the 5th inning, the game progressed at lightning speed and ended with KT winning 3-1. Exhausted players did not perform normally.안전놀이터
In particular, Hanwha experienced a cold defeat in a similar situation on the 15th, two days ago. In the game against LG, when the team was down 3-4 in the top of the 7th inning, it was stopped due to rain, and after waiting 47 minutes, they immediately lost due to rain, so we cannot help but regret that the game was played in reverse on this day in similar rainy conditions. Coach Choi Won-ho said, “More than the results, there are player injury issues and the game is for the spectators. “It has to be done in an environment where a normal game can be shown, but it seems like they are simply playing ‘the game for the sake of the game,’” he said.
Although they won, KT could not hide the absurdity of the previous day. He complained of fatigue from having to wait for three and a half hours in the limited space of the away locker room, team bus, and dugout.
Following catcher Jang Seong-woo the previous day, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol was the first to talk about the absurdity of starting pitcher Wes Benjamin being forced to go on the mound again after a 3-hour and 24-minute suspension.
The game on this day was stopped at a ball count of 2-2 after Benjamin threw up to 7 pitches against Hanwha leadoff hitter Moon Hyun-bin in the bottom of the 5th inning. However, according to the rule that ‘If a pitcher in the game crosses the foul line at the beginning of the inning, the pitcher must pitch until the first batter is out or goes to first base,’ Benjamin, who was throwing just before the break, returned to the mound. I had to go up and finish Moon Hyun-bin’s at-bat.
Benjamin, whose shoulders had cooled down during a break of 3 hours and 24 minutes due to a stoppage in the middle of a comeback, was forced to go up to the mound and eventually threw two balls and got Moon Hyun-bin on base with a walk. It was stopped at the start of the 5th inning, missing the winning pitcher requirement, walking was added, and more than anything, he had to go on the mound with the risk of injury.
Manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “More than anything, I think the rule that a starting pitcher must go on the mound to finish off a batter needs to be changed. Even after only 30 minutes of rest, his shoulders cool down. It is too dangerous for the pitcher to continue throwing after an hour or two stoppage. “I think it needs to be changed so that pitchers can be replaced when the game is stopped for at least 30 minutes,” he said emphatically.
Benjamin, the ‘participant’, also said, “After resting for 3 and a half hours, I can’t pitch with all my might, even for the sake of my shoulder. I had no choice but to send him out as a walk, but if it becomes my record and I score a run, my ERA will also increase. Fortunately, I was thankful that Son Dong-hyun blocked the pitch well,” he said. “There is no rule in the major league that requires a pitcher to come back to the mound to finish off the batter during a rain stoppage. There aren’t even similar regulations. We do our best to avoid creating situations where players may be injured. “Even if the game is stopped for just 15 minutes, the coaching staff replaces the pitcher,” he said.