Doosan Bears right-handed sidearm pitcher Won-jun Choi was unable to break out of his slump.
Choi Won-jun started the 2023 KBO Baseball Classic against the NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park on March 30.
Choi, who hadn’t had much luck in the early part of the season, had struggled in his last start against the Suwon KT Wiz (3-7 Doosan) on Nov. 21, giving up five runs on seven hits, one walk, one hit batsman and one strikeout in four innings.
Choi then had a full nine days of rest due to a rainout. However, he was unable to go the distance on this day as he pitched poorly. He came off the mound in the bottom of the fourth inning with his team trailing 0-5, and if Doosan is unable to tie the game, he will take his fifth loss of the season (one win).
It didn’t start out badly. He gave up a leadoff single to Son Ah-seob in the first inning, but retired Park Min-woo (straight to shortstop), Park Gun-woo (fly to second base), and Jason Martin (strikeout).
But he faltered in the bottom of the second. He struck out the first batter he faced, Kwon Hee-dong, but then gave up a single to Park Se-hyuk in right-center. Choi then gave up an RBI double to Yoon Hyung-joon in left-center field for the first run of the game. Kim struck out Kim Joo-won and Seo Ho-cheol and got a fly out to left field to end the threat.
The bottom of the third inning was also shaky. Son As-seob walked. Park Min-woo and Park Gun-woo followed with singles to left field and a straight line drive to second base, but Martin gave up a single to right-center field to put runners on first and third. Fortunately, Kwon Hee-dong flied out to shortstop to end the threat.
However, Choi Won-jun was unable to get over the hump. In the bottom of the fourth, after getting Park Se-hyuk to fly out to center field, he 토토사이트 allowed Yoon Hyung-joon (double), Kim Joo-won (hit by pitch), and Seo Ho-cheol (walk) to reach base with the bases loaded. He then gave up a double to Son Asub and a single to Park Min-woo. Park Min-woo was thrown out trying to advance to third after stealing second, but the next batter, Park Gun-woo, followed with an RBI double.
The Doosan bench then made a pitching change to Lee Hyung-bum. Lee did not allow a run to cross the plate for Choi’s successor, Park Gun-woo.
His final line was 3.2 innings, 8 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 5 runs. He threw 84 pitches and his fastball was measured at 141 kilometers.