LG Twins pitcher Dietrich Enns (33) suffered another poor outing.

LG Twins pitcher Dietrich Enns (33) suffered another poor outing.

Enns took the mound against the Kiwoom Heroes of the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Saturday, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 3⅔ innings.

After a leadoff walk to Park Soo-jong in the top of the first, Enns got Ronnie Dawson to fly out to left field and Kim Hye-sung singled to put runners on second and third, but Enns struck out Lee Joo-hyung to get out of the jam. In the second inning, Choi Ju-hwan led off with a single and was sacrificed to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ko Young-woo. Kim Hwijip got a fly ball to left field but gave up a walk to Lim Ji-yeol and an RBI single to Kim Jae-hyun to give the hosts the lead. Park Soo-jong grounded out to the first baseman.

The crisis continued in the third inning when LG tied the game at 1-1. Enns got leadoff hitter Dawson to ground out to second base, but back-to-back doubles by Kim Hye-sung and Lee Joo-hyung gave the lead back. Choi Ju-hwan struck out, but a walk to Ko Young-woo loaded the bases again and Kim Hwi-jip followed with an RBI single. Enns then gave up a full-count walk to Lim Ji-yeol, 스포츠토토 and Kim Jae-hyun got a fly ball to left field to end the inning.

But the crisis wasn’t over.

In the top of the fourth, with LG down by one, Enns struck out leadoff hitter Park Soo-jong. However, back-to-back singles by Dawson and Kim Hye-sung loaded the bases for Lee Joo-hyung. After a sacrifice fly to Choi Ju-hwan, Enns gave up an RBI single to Ko Young-woo and was replaced by Kim Dae-hyun to end the inning. Kim Dae-hyun then gave up an RBI single to Kim Hwijip to end the inning with one out.

LG’s bats came alive afterward, pulling within 5-6 runs, but they were unable to overcome the early deficit and suffered their second straight loss.

Enns, who threw 89 pitches, used a fastball (38), changeup (23), cutter (15), curve (7), and slider (6). His fastball topped out at 151 mph and he used his changeup as his new primary weapon, but his other pitches didn’t have the same impact.

Enns is 4-2 with a 5.37 ERA in 10 games (52 innings) this season. He was expected to be the No. 1 starter, but so far, he hasn’t lived up to expectations. Manager Yoon Kyung-yup has been working hard to help the Enns rebound, but so far, there hasn’t been much of a turnaround.

In an interview before the game,

Yeom said, “Enes has adjusted the way he steps on the pitching plate. Originally, he was stepping on the first base side, but then he switched to the third base side. Before, his changeup would drop and leave the zone and just go outside, so hitters would just throw it away and it had no value against him. But when he switched to the third base side, eight out of 10 changeups were going for strikes, and that’s where the value comes in,” he said, explaining that the adjustment to the pitching plate would have a positive impact.

Indeed, Enns’ changeup didn’t fare badly on the day. He threw 12 strikes and 11 balls, and his batting average was 1-for-5 with one hit, one walk, and one strikeout. However, his other pitches didn’t perform as well, which hurt his overall game. Instead of his changeup generating one hit, his other pitches gave up eight hits.

Coach Yoon Kyung-yeop, who continues to make adjustments to Enns’ arm angle and pitching position, said, “He’s not a pitcher who came to Korea to be successful, so there’s a mindset and desperation to accept anything. We also believe that it is best to save foreign pitchers rather than replace them. 에볼루션 바카라사이트 It’s important to bring in foreign pitchers, but I think it’s also very important how you use them. If you’re stubborn, you have to change it. There’s no time to wait. But the Enns are constantly making changes and practicing new pitches.”

Despite Yeom’s wishes, Enns pitched poorly in the game. It will be interesting to see if Enns will be able to rebound as the winds of foreign pitching are blowing stronger and stronger.

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