Na Kyun-an collapsed… There was no Lotte’s 10-game winning streak.
Na Kyun-an (Lotte Giants) had a splendid April. He went 4-0 with a 1.34 earned run average in 5 starts. He gave up only 5 runs in 33⅔ innings pitched크크크벳. However, he collapsed in his first appearance in May. He gave up 5 runs in 4 innings pitched. Lotte’s winning streak also ended together.
Na Kyun-an started in the 2023 KBO League Kia Tigers match held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 3rd, but failed to fill 5 innings for the first time this season. He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks during the 4th inning, including a left-handed solo shot to Lee Woo-sung at the bottom of the 4th inning, and allowed 5 runs. In the meantime, Kim Jin-wook, who was Lotte’s “trustworthy man” with no runs in 11 games, also held only one out count and gave up two runs that day.
On the other hand, Yoon Young-chul, a 19-year-old left-hander from Kia, threw the ball bravely. Although the fastest fastball was only 139km per hour, he threw a slider and changeup properly and suppressed the Lotte batting line, which ranked third in team batting average. 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 1 run. The number of pitches was 77 (51 strikes). As Kia won 10-2, he also took his first win (one loss) in his debut after starting 4 professional games. It was a thrilling victory to stop the opponent’s 10-game winning streak.
In the Kia batters, Lee Woo-seong was very active with 3 hits, 1 RBI and 3 points in 3 at-bats, and Socrates, Ryu Ji-hyeok and Han Seung-taek also scored 2 hits. Choi Hyung-woo shook Na Kyun-an with two RBIs and timely hits at the bottom of the 3rd inning with a 1-0 lead. In Lotte, Kim Min-seok was the only multi-hit player with 2 hits in 4 at-bats.