Professional sports have no eternal strong or weak. Taylor Widener (Samsung), who was so excited every time he faced Lotte this season, was scolded.
Widener, who started as a starter against Lotte in Daegu on the 17th, had 2 wins, no losses, and an average ERA of 2.45 through three matches before the game. As a member of NC, he won against Lotte on July 13th with 5 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 6 innings. In the second matchup on the 3rd of last month, he stayed on the mound until the 7th inning and added a win by giving up only 1 point.
Even after changing uniforms, the strong performance against Lotte continued. He pitched well against Ulsan Lotte on the 6th, allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts안전놀이터, and 2 runs in 5⅓ innings. Unfortunately, he did not become a winning pitcher, but he truly showed the side of ‘Rona Saint’. Coach Park Jin-man said, “As expected, we are strong against Lotte. He responded with satisfaction, saying, “He did his job well as a starting pitcher.”
We expected victory this time as we had the upper hand in the opponent’s record, but the results were unexpected. He hung his head high with 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 6 runs in 3⅔ innings.
I was anxious from the start. After one out in the first inning, Lee Jeong-hoon’s walk, Ahn Chi-hong’s leadoff hit, and Jeon Jun-woo’s hit to left gave up one run. They induced Dong-Hee Yoon into a double play at shortstop and did not give up any more points. Widener, who struck out Park Seung-wook and Jeong Jeong-geun in succession in the second inning, gave up a walk to Noh Jin-hyuk, but ended the inning by striking out Hak-ju Lee with a missed swing.
They were caught off guard by a surprise bunt from lead hitter Hwang Seong-bin in the third inning. Lee Jeong-hoon was guided to a ground ball to first base, and in the meantime, Hwang Seong-bin settled at second base. In the match against Ahn Chi-hong, Widener was hit by a two-run arch from left-center and recorded his third goal. After throwing out Jeon Jun-woo on a fly ball to first base, he allowed Dong-hee Yoon to hit a ball to the body and steal second base, but struck out Park Seung-wook.
Widener was in danger with one out and runners on first and third base in the 4th inning thanks to hits by Jeong Bo-geun and Lee Hak-ju. When Hwang Seong-bin was at bat, he committed a wild pitch and gave up one more point. He seemed to escape the crisis by handling Hwang Seong-bin’s fly ball, but allowed Lee Jeong-hoon to walk. With first and second base on base, the mound was handed over to right-hander Choi Ji-gwang. As Choi Ji-kwang hit a three-run home run to the left by Ahn Chi-hong, Widener’s earned runs increased to six points.