Monthly winning rate of 80% SHINHWA meets the first reef.

3 years ago, ERA 40.50 nightmare reproduced, 20 scoreless innings humiliation…Monthly winning rate of 80% SHINHWA meets the first reef.

KT Kim Min started Game 15 of the season against Kiwoom in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 3rd and became a losing pitcher with six hits, two walks, three strikeouts and six runs (5 earned runs).

KT took out a replacement card for Kim Min, a former first-round designation, due to Um Sang-baek’s injury. Kim Min’s pre-game record was 6.28 ERA without winning or losing 12 games, and he took a long break after saving two runs in 1⅔ innings against Hanwha in Daejeon on August 18.

It was the first time in about three years and three months since the match against Suwon KIA on June 10, 2020, before Kim Min joined Sangmu. At that time, I had a bitter memory of becoming a losing pitcher in a difficult situation with 8 runs (6 earned runs) and a 40.50 ERA in 1⅓ innings. Head coach Lee Kang-chul, who met before the game, said, “Kim Min had a long break, but he maintained his condition well. Throw well and you’ll keep going. “My control has improved recently,” he said, expressing his expectations, but in the end, his nightmare three years ago was reproduced.

Until the second inning, he showed off a sense of stability that was not like an alternative starter. Starting with a three-way retirement with 10 pitches in the first inning, he hit a left-handed hit by Song Sung-moon, the leadoff player in the second inning, but he recently struck out Lee Ju-hyung, who has a good sense of hitting, and caught Kim Hwi-jip with a double play and did not lose a point.

The nightmare began in the third episode. A missed double hit by the leadoff Lim Byung-wook was the cause of the trouble. He struck out Kim Soo-hwan with a fly ball to right field and Kim Si-ang with a swing, but dedicated a two-run first timely hit against Ronnie Dawson with two outs and a full base that led to Kim Tae-jin’s infield hit and Kim Hye-sung’s walk.

The fourth inning also started with a double by leader Lee Ju-hyung. Subsequently, third baseman Hwang Jae-kyun’s catch error occurred, putting him on the verge of first and third base with no outs, and met Lim Byung-wook and hit a painful two-run double in the first pitch. Kim Min gave up a walk against Kim Soo-hwan and finished the game early as he was replaced by Joey-hyun. The number of pitches was 57. Joey-hyun allowed Kim Si-ang a two-run double following a wild pitch, which led to the bad luck of both successors stepping home.

Kim Min was not the only one to blame. The cold batting lineup also added to the team’s crisis. The lineup consisting of Kim Min-hyuk, Bae Jung-dae, Anthony Alford, Park Byung-ho, Hwang Jae-kyun, Oh Yoon-seok, Park Kyung-soo, Shin Bon-ki and Kang Hyun-woo met Kiwoom starter Ariel Hurado and tied up with no hits and one walk for 6⅔ innings. After Hurado went down, Park Byung-ho and An Chi-young made their first chance with consecutive hits, but even this failed as Oh Yoon-seok only flew to right field.

Following a 0-3 complete defeat the previous day, KT suffered a lethargic Youngbong defeat for two consecutive games. On the first day of September, he started in the eighth inning against Kiwoom in Gocheok and scored 20 consecutive innings. Coach Lee said before the game, “If you look at the recent games, we have rarely won because we played well. There were many wins due to the opponent’s error. He expressed concern, saying, “My sense of hitting has fallen a lot,” but he was beaten by ninth-ranked Kiwoom in the midst of a slump in hitting.


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