Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes) and Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz), two of the best batters in the KBO League born in 1999, went head-to-head.
The winner was Ahn, who struck out the side in the tiebreaker.바카라사이트
Ahn faced pinch-hitter Kang Baek-ho in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 1-1 home game against KT at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on 11 November.
Kang Baek-ho, KT’s leading slugger, made his first appearance in 32 days after being removed from the first team on the 9th of last month due to physical and mental fatigue.
After waiting on the bench, Kang entered the game in the second inning as a pinch-hitter after Moon Sang-chul singled.
Ahn Woo-jin threw back-to-back hard fastballs to work Kang Baek-ho into a one-pitch, two-strike count.
The fifth pitch, a 156-kilometre-per-hour fastball, was fouled off by Kang Baek-ho, who then threw a six-pitch curveball towards his body.Kang Baek-ho, who persevered, was unable to touch it and struck out swinging.
It was Ahn’s 10th strikeout of the game.
After starting the season with two straight 12-strikeout games, Ahn’s strikeout streak has slowed as the season has progressed.
While he still leads the league in strikeouts with 130, he hasn’t had a double-digit strikeout game since 6 May against the SSG Landers (7 innings, 10 strikeouts, 2 runs).
Ahn got off to a shaky start in the first inning, giving up a single to Kim Min-hyuk and a double to Kim Sang-soo to put runners on second and third with no outs.
Anthony Alford’s line drive to centre fielder Lee Jung-hoo made a diving catch to get one out, but the first run was down.
After that, Ahn seemed to have an “awakening”.
From Alford in the first inning to Lee Ho-yeon in the fifth, he went on a 14-batter hitting streak, and from Jang Jang-woo in the fifth to Kim Min-hyuk in the third, he struck out six batters in a row.However, Ahn was not smiling in his last appearance of the first half.
After giving up a leadoff single to Park Byung-ho in the seventh, he gave up a walk to Hwang Jae-gyun one out later.
Even though he had already thrown 117 pitches, surpassing his previous high of 113 pitches in a game (1 May 2022 against KT and 19 May 2022 against NC Dinos), the Kiwoom bench did not replace him.
Ahn eventually gave up a single to Lee Ho-yeon in front of the left-field fence and turned the mound over to Yang Hyun with runners at first and second on 1-2.
Ang Hyun allowed both of Ahn’s runners to score, bringing Ahn’s ERA for the game to four.
Ahn’s final line for the first half was 6⅓ innings, five hits, one walk, 11 strikeouts and four runs.
Her fastball (47 pitches) topped out at 158 kilometres per hour, and she mixed in a slider (41 pitches), curveball (24 pitches) and changeup (eight pitches).
In the first half of the year, Ahn started 17 games and threw 107 innings, finishing with six wins and a 2.44 ERA.