Bearded ‘hairy ace’ loses even in a zero-point reverse fight…Lotte’s KT phobia is deepening

The Lotte Giants, who fell into the worst slump in June, are unable to escape from ‘KT phobia’.

Lotte lost 2-5 in an away game against KT Wiz held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 20th.

Starting pitcher Strayley, who shaved off his trademark beard and stepped onto the mound, threw 5 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts and no runs in 5 innings, but the batting line and bullpen did not respond.

Lotte lowered Strayley in the 6th inning, leading 2-0, and put in Han Hyun-hee, but this choice eventually became a handshake. Han Hyun-hee allowed a 2-2 tie with 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 grounder while getting 1 out. Afterwards, he got the second out by handling the batting team with a fly ball, but was hit by pinch hitter Kim Sang-soo and was knocked out in a crisis with 2 outs 1st and 2nd base. Kim Jin-wook put out the urgent fire, but Kim Min-hyeok was allowed a timely hit, and Han Hyun-hee (3 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs in ⅔ innings) earned 3 points.

The Lotte batting line remained scoreless for the rest of the innings after Ko Seung-min’s home run in the 3rd inning and a goal due to an opponent’s error in the 5th inning. The bullpen gave up two more runs in the eighth inning, once again revealing the anxiety it showed late in the game.

With this loss, he recorded a season record of 32 wins and 29 losses with a win rate of 0.525, maintaining 4th place. The win/loss margin, which had been +10 until May, has suddenly decreased to +3, and the gap with the 5th place Doosan Bears has narrowed to 2 games.

Lotte, which had a winning streak in April (14-8) and May (13-9), is experiencing the worst sluggishness with 5-12 in June. The starting point was the 3rd consecutive match against KT on the 6th. After losing 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 consecutive matches with KIA, Lotte, who played 3 consecutive matches with KT, gave up all 3 matches at home and suffered the first sweep loss in the series. After that, Lotte ended their losing streak in 4 games, but suffered a losing series in the confrontation with Samsung Lions, Hanwha Eagles and SSG Landers.안전놀이터

After suffering two losses with a 1-12 loss and a shocking come-from-behind defeat (5-8) in three consecutive matches against SSG last weekend, Lotte managed to lighten the mood with a 7-2 victory on Sunday. However, the atmosphere subsided as they were defeated by KT, who gave them the nightmare of June again.

In a situation where a reversal of the atmosphere is needed, Lotte will overcome the ‘KT phobia’ with starting pitcher Na Kyun-an on the 21st. Na Gyun-an has a good memory of winning his second season against KT on April 9th ​​with 7 scoreless innings. KT is going to secure a winning series with ‘Lotte Killer’ Koh Young-pyo at the forefront. Koh Young-pyo is the league’s representative Lotte natural enemy, recording an average ERA of 1.23 with 2 wins and no losses in 3 matches against Lotte this season. Attention is focusing on whether Lotte, who is in crisis, can overcome the natural enemy relationship and escape the KT phobia.

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