The final match of the season between Lotte Giants and KIA Tigers was postponed due to heavy rain. Meanwhile, both teams made changes to their starting pitchers.
Lotte and KIA were scheduled to meet in the final match of the 16th game of the season between the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League teams at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 14th. However, the rain that started pouring this afternoon caught my ankle.
Lotte and KIA were unable to fully play the game on the 13th. Originally, their match was scheduled to begin at 6:30 am. However, because it suddenly started raining, the KBO decided to delay the start of the game by 40 minutes. Amidst many twists and turns, both teams played the game, but rain once again hindered the match.
Before KIA’s attack in the bottom of the 6th inning, when Lotte was ahead 3-1, the rain became thicker and fell to the point where the game could no longer be played. In the end, the referee decided to stop the game and waited for the rain to subside. But it was useless. The rain poured down without stopping, and eventually, after waiting for 46 minutes, ‘cold rain’ was declared.
Acting coach Lee Jong-woon was happy about Rain Cold’s victory the previous day (13th), saying, “I don’t believe in God, but I think he gave us a chance. We were a little lucky because of the rain.” Coach Kim Jong-guk said, “I was looking forward to the second half of the game. “But it’s a little disappointing that it’s raining. I’m very disappointed,” he said, expressing his miserable mood.
The rain that fell the previous day subsided as midnight approached, and there was no rain on the morning of the 14th. However, starting at 2 p.m., raindrops began to fall little by little, and as time passed, the rain became thicker. At 5 p.m., as the amount of rain decreased, the moisture on the large tarp was removed and preparations were made for the start of the game, but as the rain soon poured down, the KBO decided to cancel the game at 5:30.
On this day, Lotte announced ‘Glass Ace’ Park Se-woong as the starting pitcher, and KIA announced Kim Ki-hoon, who was called up to the first team that day, as the starting pitcher. However, as a result of not being able to play the game, a change was made to the starting pitcher on the 15th. Lotte’s Charlie Barnes, not Park Se-woong, will start against the Kiwoom Heroes, while KIA’s Yoon Young-cheol will start against the Doosan Bears.
Barnes has pitched in 25 games this season, recording 9 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 3.37. Although he has had the bad luck of not being able to achieve victory recently, his pace is good enough to reap quality starts (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings) for 5 consecutive games. In particular, he pitched in 11 games against Kiwoom, which has many left-handed hitters, and his performance is not bad, with 4 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.38.
Youngcheol Yoon, a ‘super prospect’ who was selected by KIA in last year’s draft, has played 103 innings in 21 games despite this being his first season of debut, recording 8 wins, 6 losses, and an average ERA of 4.19. He appeared in one game against Doosan and recorded a quality start, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, but suffered a loss as he did not receive support from the batting line.
In the case of KIA, the starting rotation was a little messed up again due to the rain. This is why Kim Ki-hoon, who appeared in 28 games this year with 2 wins and an ERA of 3.45, has been preparing in the 2nd team for his appearance on the 14th. Manager Kim Jong-guk said, “Because of the rain, (rotation) is very complicated. It would be good if Kim Ki-hoon pitched today and rotated…” He started by saying, “He has been pitching efficiently in the second team. Overall, it has been on the rise.”
Coach Kim Jong-guk continued by saying, “Kim Ki-hoon was preparing as a starter until the exhibition game, and this time, he was also preparing according to the date in the Futures League,” suggesting that Kim Ki-hoon may be used as 1+1 with other pitchers in the future. .스포츠토토
Fortunately, Mario Sanchez started his comeback by throwing a total of 50 pitches from the bullpen on the 14th. The starting rotation was disrupted by the rain, but all of this can be resolved when Sanchez returns. A KIA official said, “Sanchez threw two sets of 25 balls each, and there was no pain or abnormality.” This is great news for KIA.