“The season is long, if you go down in your heart…” Hiding your inner feelings and building your ace pride, the sincerity of an 8 billion catcher 

Lotte Giants Na Kyun-an (25) had a ‘fight for life’ at the Sajik Hanwha match on the 27th. 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, a perfect pitch. The number of pitches was 107. Considering that it was still April, the very beginning of the season, it could be seen as a relatively large number of pitches. In fact, it was the most pitches and the most innings in a single game for Na Kyun-an.

It was Na Kyun-an who continued to cruise every inning, and led the innings efficiently to the extent that the highest number of pitches per inning was 15. At the end of the seventh inning, the number of pitches was 89. It was a situation where I was able to look down even to the end of my heart. However, it could not be seen that the number of pitches was low.

However, he was on the mound until the 8th inning. He got it right until the 8th inning with 2 outs. In the 8th inning, lead batter Moon Hyun-bin got a floating ball from center fielder after 3 pitches, and after that, he struck out on a swing after an 8-pitch battle with pinch hitter Lee Seong-gon. The number of pitches has already hit 100. 

There were too many pitches to take responsibility for the shutout. Still, I was able to take full responsibility for the 8th episode. However, after two outs, he allowed a right-handed hit on the 5th pitch with Noh Soo-gwang and 2 balls and 2 strikes. The number of pitches has already increased as much as it will grow.

Pitching coach Bae Young-soo stepped onto the mound. He could have even changed the pitcher if necessary, but Coach Bae did not receive the ball from the referee. It is to ask the doctor of Na Kyun-an first. Coach Bae asked Na Kyun-an, “Can you take responsibility until the end?” Koo Seung-min was already preparing for the bullpen.  크크크벳

However, Na Kyun-an replied, “I will try to stop it.” Then, coach Bae Young-soo encouraged catchers Yoo Gang-nam and Na Kyun-an together and went down the mound. After that, Kyun-an Na led Kim Tae-yeon to the shortstop grounder in two pitches and did not amplify the crisis any further.

The moment Na Kyun-an cheered in the first base spectators above the dugout, the dugout was discussing again whether or not Na Kyun-an would pitch. There were three out counts left in the shutout. It was not a situation where the medal of complete victory could not be easily found. First of all, the pitcher’s intention was important.

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