NC Dinos foreign pitcher Taylor Widener showed impressive pitching in his KBO league debut.
Widener started in the home game against Doosan Bears in the 2023 Professional Baseball KBO League held at Changwon NC Park on the 30th and pitched 98 balls in 6 innings, scoring 2 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts and no runs. His highest speed was measured at 151 km.
This game was Widener’s KBO League debut. Caught with a back injury right before the opening ceremony, he devoted himself to treatment and rehabilitation.
To Widener, who made his debut in the KBO League after such twists and turns, command tower coach Kang In-kwon said, “It’s a late start, but don’t be too burdened with that part. If he only shows what he has, he will be able to become a force for the team.”
And, as if to live up to his long wait, Widener put on a good pitch that day. Coming off the mound with the team leading 5-0, he will win his first win if NC wins as it is without allowing a tie.
From the beginning of the game, Widener’s pitch shone. In the beginning of the first inning, Su-bin Jung (second baseman grounder), Yoo-chan Lee (strikeout), and Eui-ji Yang (strikeout) were put to rest one after another, and the game started happily with a tripartite retreat. In the beginning of the second inning, Kim Jae-hwan and Yang Seok-hwan were left fielders and struck out, respectively, and then Jose Rojas walked, but Heo Kyung-min was struck out.
The sense of stability continued in the beginning of the third inning. Ahn Seung-han and Kim Jae-ho led the left field fly and shortstop ground ball. Afterwards, he allowed Jeong Su-bin to hit the ball and steal second base, but ended the inning by inducing Lee Yu-chan to fly to right field.
The no-hit streak was unfortunately broken in the top of the 4th inning. It was a left-handed hit by Yang Eui-ji, the lead batter. but did not waver. Kim Jae-hwan (left fielder fly), Yang Seok-hwan (strikeout), and Lohas (strikeout) all tied up with a hit and did not concede.
The 5th inning was clean again.메이저사이트 Heo Kyung-min (second baseman fly), Ahn Seung-han (strikeout), and Kim Jae-ho (strikeout) calmly produced outcounts and returned to the three-way exit procession.
Widener, who was on the mound even in the top of the 6th inning, struck out Jeong Su-bin and led Lee Yu-chan to a shortstop grounder. Afterwards, Yang Eui-ji was hit with a double that fell to the right of right field, but Kim Jae-hwan was caught with a fly in right field, and he finished his mission that day. In the beginning of the 7th inning, NC made a pitcher change with right-hander Ryu Jin-wook.