The KIA Tigers won a 10-2 victory over the Lotte Giants in Gwangju on the 3rd and jumped to fourth place. At the beginning of the 2023 season, the joy was greater because he defeated Na Gyun-an, the best starting pitcher in the league.
KIA withdrew from the attack at the end of the 1st and 2nd innings, but succeeded in attacking Na Kyun-an in the attack at the end of the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded with two outs, Kim Sun-bin’s push-off walk, Choi Hyung-woo’s two RBIs, and Socrates’ one RBI and timely hit resulted in 4 runs, and Lee Woo-sung’s solo home run in the bottom of the 4th brought the atmosphere to the start.
Na Kyun-an recorded an average ERA of 1.34 with 4 wins and no losses in 5 games in April. He was enjoying the best of his career after turning into a pitcher, including being nominated for the Monthly MVP.
Because his performance in April ㅋㅋㅋ벳was so outstanding, expectations for his first appearance in May were also high. Conversely, KIA had no choice but to feel burdened dealing with Na Kyun-an. It was also a worrying factor that Lotte was on the rise of 9 consecutive wins.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk also showed caution before the game on the 3rd, saying, “I think Na Kyun-an was the best pitcher in April after the opening.
Like coach Kim’s wish, KIA fought Na Kyun-ahn and won. He showed exciting offensive baseball by hitting Na Kyun-an before the 5th inning and hitting the Lotte bullpen. Up until this game, Na Kyun-an had 4 losses in 10 games (4 starts) and an average ERA of 9.67 against KIA, and she could not break the jinx that only KIA struggles with.
Left-handed rookie Yoon Young-cheol, who had a head-to-head matchup with Na Kyun-an, was also able to face the Lotte batting line comfortably without any burden as the batting line provided 5 points support up to the 5th inning.
Coach Kim joked the next day, “It’s a trade secret that we were able to capture Na Kyun-an,” and then said, “The coaches for each part worked hard and prepared well from the beginning of the season when we were in a bad mood. I analyzed (opposition pitchers) to the point of leaking,” he praised the coaching staff.
“The coaches are preparing well for how the players can play comfortably and simply on the ground, and the players are doing well accordingly,” he said. “The players finished the season in fifth place last year and want to play the postseason at a higher place. I have a big heart to do it. I am the same. This year, the players have been united as one from the beginning and have been doing well,” he praised.