Even a 154km fastball is ‘useless’ if it’s a ball… Jang Jae-young, who missed the winning pitch, says ‘I need to reduce my strikeouts to live’

I only need to get one out count’ The expression of Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young, who had to come down from the mound with 메이저놀이터 the winning pitcher requirement right in front of him, was dark.

Even if he threw a fastball with a maximum speed of 154 km, he could not win a game with a batter without a zero point. He threw more balls than Jang Jae-young’s total pitches, 103 strikes, 44 balls, and 59 strikes.

The maximum velocity of the fastball was up to 154km, and the pitch was strong, but the control did not listen, with 32 balls out of 51 total fastball pitches (62%).

In the end, Coach Noh Byung-oh, who came to the mound in the 5th inning with 2 outs and a ball on 1st base, had no choice but to remove starter Jang Jae-young from the mound, who was on the verge of becoming a winning pitcher. On this day, Jang Jae-young allowed only 2 hits in 4.2 innings, but due to poor ball control, he collapsed on his own by giving up as many as 9 4 outs.

The score was comfortably 6 to 1, but Jang Jae-young, who had already thrown more than 100 pitches, came down from the mound with one out left to meet the winning pitcher requirement.

Starting pitcher Jang Jae-young, who earned his first win since his debut with 2 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 7 scoreless pitching in 5.1 innings against NC held at Gocheok Dome on July 5, has had no relationship with the victory since. He played 5 or more innings in the last 4 games in a row, but did not win a single game.

Kiwoom Heroes Jang Jae-young, who took the mound as a starting pitcher in the KT Wiz game held at Gocheok Dome on the 1st, boasted a powerful pitch and broke the bat of KT Bae Jung-dae, the first batter in the first inning. First ball 149km, second pitch also 149km foul. The batter’s bat broke due to Jang Jae-young’s powerful pitch. Afterwards, he recorded his first out by grounding out the lead hitter to second base.

In the ensuing game, Jang Jae-young suddenly lost his pitch and gave up a straight walk to KT Lee Ho-yeon, and Alford continued his up-and-down pitching by striking out three pitches. Jang Jae-young, who grounded out Park Byeong-ho, came down from the mound with a sigh of relief.

Even in the second episode, Jegu didn’t listen. Jang Jae-young, who brought the bases loaded with two outs due to a walk, a hit, and a walk. After a full count match with KT Bae Jeong-dae, the bases were overrun with a fly ball to center field.

In the third episode, a dizzying scene was created. The deep fastball thrown to leadoff hitter Ho-yeon Lee on the first pitch hit the batter’s elbow. Ho-yeon Lee, who was hit on the inside elbow without a protector, fell down and complained of pain. Although it was not intentional, Jang Jae-young approached the batter who was hit by the ball and was unable to get up easily, took off his hat and expressed his apologies.

Walks were also a problem in the 4th inning, when the first run was allowed. After one out, he walked two consecutive batters to Kim Jun-tae and Shin Bon-ki, and then allowed his first run on a hit to Bae Jeong-dae. Afterwards, he ended the inning by striking out Jang Ju-won with a powerful pitch.

Although he gave up walks every inning, Jang Jae-young, who did not break down and led the team to 4th inning with 1 run, was unable to get over the final hurdle in the 5th inning. Jang Jae-young struck out Park Byeong-ho after giving up a straight walk to leadoff hitter Alford. At this time, catcher Kim Dong-heon erased Alford, who was attempting to steal second base, with an accurate throw, instantly resulting in two outs.

Now, only one out is left. In the game against Hwang Jae-gyun, when Jae-young Jang gave up a straight walk and reached the limit on the number of pitches, the Kiwoom bench had no choice but to remove Jae-young Jang from the mound.

Jang Jae-young, who was caught by a walk with the winning pitcher requirement right in front of him, headed to the dugout with a disappointed expression on his face.

With a top speed of 154km, he is at the top of the KBO league, but Jang Jae-young must have keenly felt that he cannot play for more than 5 innings if he cannot reduce walks.

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