LG ace Kelly roared. After a slump in April, he returned to perfect ace mode in May.
Kelly took the mound as a starting pitcher in a game against Hanwha held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 19th, and pitched well with 6 hits (1 home run), 4 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings. He scored his fourth win of the season in a 3-1 win.
He allowed Chae Eun-seong (Hanwha) to hit a solo home run in the first inning after playing for LG until last year and transferring as a free agent last winter. He threw a curveball (131 km) on the 4th pitch with 1 ball and 2 strikes, and hit a home run that went over the left wall.
However, after that, he kept the mound until the 7th inning without any additional runs. After two outs in the fourth inning, he was on the verge of loading the bases with two hits and an error by the shortstop, but struck out Park Sang-eon to stop it.
In the 5th inning with a 2-1 lead, Eun-Won Jung hit a double on the right after one out, and Si-Hwan Noh and Eun-Sung Chae, who had the best feel at hitting in Hanwha, took turns. Roh Si-hwan turned left fielder into a floating ball and Chae Eun-seong struck out.
Chae Eun-sung hit a home run in the first at-bat in the game, but the two subsequent confrontations were caught with strikeouts. After the game, Kelly said, “I felt strange when I faced Chae Eun-seong. I felt strange because I had spent time on the same team for a long time and was loved by the fans. Looking back on my at-bat, I didn’t want to hit a home run, but I struck out. I think it ended well with a draw by catching .”
Kelly, who was sluggish with an ERA of 5 points in April, is digesting 7 innings in all 3 games in May. He gave up 5 runs in 21 innings with a 2.14 earned run average. 토스카지노
Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop praised, “Kelly played a good game with ace-down pitching. The bullpen was in a difficult situation today, but he played a game that was helpful to the operation by pulling long innings.”
After the game, Kelly said, “Today, I came out with a well-prepared strategy with Park Dong-won, and I thought I would pitch aggressively from the beginning. I was able to throw it without any burden while showing it.”
Then, he greeted the fans, saying, “Today I pitched in front of the home fans, so I feel good. I think it’s because they cheered me on a lot with good energy. I hope they continue to support me.”