Fastball prospect Jang Jae-young (Kiwoom Heroes), who received the second-largest signing bonus in baseball history at 900 million won, pitched the longest inning of his career. 토스카지노
Jang Jae-young started against the NC Dinos at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on 5 May and pitched 5⅓ innings of two-hit ball with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Jang, who went over five innings for the first time in his professional career against the Doosan Bears in Gocheok on 23 March (five innings, four hits, two walks, two strikeouts, one run), pitched five innings for the second straight game and struck out one more batter than in his last outing.
His seven strikeouts and 92 pitches thrown were both career highs.
With a 2-0 lead and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, Jae-young left the mound with the bases loaded and his team not allowing the tying or go-ahead runs to score, giving him his first win since turning pro in 2021.
Jang was aggressive with his fastball (70 pitches), which topped out at 154 kilometres per hour.
He also used his slider (15 pitches) and curveball (7 pitches) to attack the opposition.
Jang had runners on first and second with no outs in the second and third innings, but his crisis management skills were on full display.
In the second inning, he struck out Yoon Hyung-joon, Jeon Jae-hwan, and Park Se-hyuk in three consecutive at-bats, and in the same situation in the third inning, he used his animal reflexes to catch Seo Ho-chul’s hard-hit grounder to complete the kill, and then struck out Park Min-woo.
Jang Jae-young also singled to drive in Yoon Hyung-joon in the top of the fourth.
Jang, who took the mound in the sixth inning in search of his first career quality start (three earned runs or less in at least six innings), gave up a single to Seo Ho-chul one out later.
Sensing that the ball had run out of steam, the Kiwoom bench pulled Jang Jae-young and brought in Yang Hoon to put out the fire.
Yang Hoon retired the next two batters to end the game without allowing an earned run.