LG took a terrible nine before the season 50-win notice.
LG lost 1-4 in an away game against KT held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 25th. With this, LG has 49 wins, 2 draws and 32 losses. After winning against Lotte on the 8th, he lost 4 consecutive times. This is the record for the most consecutive losses this season when coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop took the command tower.
It was a game that must have been won, but it was a helpless defeat. In LG, Kelly, who played an active role as an ace until last year, has been sluggish, and the 4th and 5th starters have not been able to take his place. The starting pitcher that day was Plutko. He went 11-1 in the first half with a 2.21 earned run average and was the first starter.
Plutko, who played many innings in the first half, took two weeks off, including the All-Star break, before taking the mound. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “Plutko wanted to rest for two weeks, so we adjusted the schedule. We have to hold the center of the selection in the second half. We have to win the game where Plutko loses. In the first half, we won all but one game in which Plutko started. “I expected. In 17 games with Plutko as a starter, LG recorded 14 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
However, Plutko’s pitch was not very good that day. From the first inning, the ball hit the center of the bat, and with the help of the defense, the run was prevented. He allowed just four on the day for 1.23 walks per game. He became the losing pitcher with 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6 innings. He recorded two losses in July alone. He recorded a quality start, but it was a disappointing pitch.
With a hit and a walk in the 3rd inning, he was put in a crisis with 1 out and 1st and 2nd base, and Alford allowed 1 RBI and 2 bases. Following this, he contributed 1 point with a wild throw from 1st out, 2nd and 3rd base. Park Byeong-ho allowed a 3rd run with a slow grounder in front of shortstop.
On the other hand, the LG hitters failed to target Benjamin, the KT starter, who is a ‘natural enemy’. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said before the game, “The opponent is a target selection, but my pride is a little hurt. The players have to overcome,” he expected, but Benjamin showed an overwhelming pitch.
Benjamin pitched in three games against LG and recorded an average ERA of 1.04 with 3 wins and no losses. In the first inning, LG struck out three batters in a row, Hong Chang-ki, Moon Seong-joo, and Kim Hyun-soo. Up to the 8th inning, he had only three sporadic hits, and he had never stepped on second base. Benjamin’s fastball and slider command were powerful. LG failed to take revenge and fell victim to Benjamin’s personal record of most innings (8 innings).
LG is 1.5 games ahead of second place SSG. After that, Doosan, who recorded a club record of 11 consecutive wins, narrowed the gap to 4.5 games. The KT starting pitcher on the 26th is Koh Young-pyo. This year, he pitched 2 games against LG and was sluggish with 1 loss, 5⅓ innings and 8 runs (average score of 13.50), but he is maintaining a good pace with quality starts in the last 7 consecutive games.