Sajik “Jesus” Wilkerson roared on the mound for Ulsan. Six innings, six hits, two walks and three runs for his third straight quality start (three earned runs or less in at least six innings).

Keeping their fall baseball hopes alive, the Lotte Giants played the first game of a three-game midweek series against the Samsung Lions at their second home ballpark, Munsu Baseball Stadium in Ulsan on Friday.메이저사이트

After last week’s rainout against Sajik Doosan, Lotte played Monday’s game and went on a nine-game road trip without a break. In a game where starting pitchers needed to go as long as possible, ‘Sajik Jesus’ Wilkerson showed off his ace-like form by taking the mound until the sixth inning.

In the first inning, Wilkerson battled the Samsung bats with his signature cutter. He threw three cutters against the leadoff hitter, Kim Hyun-jun, starting with a line drive to first base. Kim then grounded out to first base and Koo flied out to center field, ending the first inning with a triple play, the most difficult for a starting pitcher.

After Wilkerson got out of the first inning cleanly, Lotte’s bats came alive in the bottom of the first. Yoon Dong-hee and Jung Hoon singled and Ahn Chi-hong walked to load the bases. With one out, Goodrum led off the inning with a single.

With runners on second and third, Yoo Kang-nam hit a three-run shot to score four runs in the first inning. On the mound, Wilkerson pitched harder. He gave up the first run of the game in the second inning, but remained out of trouble until the fifth inning.

In the fifth inning, after giving up a straight-up walk to Lee Jae-hyun and a single to Kim Ji-chan to put runners on first and second with no outs, Wilkerson struck out pinch-hitter Kim Dong-jin to put out the flames. He then induced a grounder to Kim Hyun-jun to end the inning, but Samsung’s video review overturned the first out as a save.

Back on the mound, Wilkerson gave up another run on a full-count single to Kim Sung-yoon. After striking out Koo, Wilkerson pumped his fist in the air and roared in celebration.

Back on the mound in the sixth, Wilkerson gave up singles to Pirela and Oh Jae-il to put runners on first and second with no outs, but Ryu Ji-hyuk struck out shortstop Flynn, Lee Jae-hyun and Kim Ji-chan to end the inning.

With Wilkerson’s strong start, his third in a row, Lotte defeated Samsung 10-3 and won their second straight game.

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