2nd loss of the season with 4 runs in 6 innings in Stray Lee Kang-
nam Yoo Despite his first home run of the season
, Kyun-an Na started the game on the 9th and tried to escape from losing streak
‘Even the Strayley I believed in… .’
The professional baseball Lotte Giants ended the 2023스포츠토토 season home opening three-game series with the’Losing Series’. Even Lotte, the team’s first starting pitcher this season, Dan Strayley (34), was not in good condition and was beaten by the KT Wiz hitters and lost.
Lotte lost 3-7 in the second game against Shinhan Bank SOL 2023 KBO League KT held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 8th. Lotte lost the second game following the home opener on the 7th (1-7 loss), recording a three-game losing streak. Lotte is off to a shaky start, recording 1 win and 4 losses in 5 games.
Lotte started the first pitcher Strayley in the game that day, but lost 3 runs from the attack at the beginning of the 1st inning and handed over the initiative of the game. Following the loss in the opening game, Strayley also lost his second start and lost two.
From the first inning, Strayley gave away hits to KT batters one after another as his ball moved to the center of the strike zone. Strayley shook as his main weapon, the slider, did not control properly. Strayley started by giving up a hit to batter Baek-ho Kang, hitter 2, Alford hitter 3, and Byung-ho Park, batter 4 in succession, giving up a run for the first time. With a sacrifice hit to hitter Jang Seong-woo and a hit by Hwang Jae-gyun, Strayley started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning alone.
Lotte chased 1-3 with Yoo Kang-nam hitting his first home run after joining Lotte in the second inning. Yoo Kang-nam caught the ball from KT starting pitcher Benjamin and shot a large solo shot that went over the fence on his left.
At the beginning of the 3rd inning, Lotte allowed KT 4th hitter Park Byung-ho a solo shot, but in the attack at the end of the 3rd inning, Rex’s 2 RBIs and timely hits made it 3-4. However, Lotte allowed 1 run and 2 runs in the beginning of the 4th and 7th innings, respectively, and the score gap widened to 3-7 and 4 points. In the ninth inning, Lotte had a chance to score 1st and 3rd bases due to KT first baseman Oh Yoon-seok’s defensive mistake, but An Chi-hong and Rex struck out in a row and lost.
Following the home opening game on the 7th, the mound was shaken in the game on the 8th, and the attack seemed to have lost concentration. Starting pitcher Strayley was sluggish with 4 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings, and rookie pitcher Lee Tae-yeon also gave up his first run in his professional debut. Following the last game, Strayley showed poor physical condition at the beginning of the game as his ball was driven into the strike zone.
Lotte struggled with Yoo Kang-nam’s first home run of the season, but showed frustrating offensive power as no follow-up hits came out in successive scoring opportunities.
Lotte will try to escape its losing streak in the third game of the season against KT, which will be held at Sajik Baseball Stadium on the 9th at 2:00 pm. The starting pitcher for Lotte is Na Kyun-an.