Lotte did not allow a single hit and won 1-0 against SSG at Sajik Stadium in Busan on April 6. Starter Aaron Wilkerson started the game with seven innings of no-hit ball. He was followed by Koo Seung-min and Kim Won-joong, who locked down the back door without allowing a single hit to complete the team’s no-hitter. SSG batters only reached base twice in the game, both of which came on walks.
There have been 14 times in KBO history that a single pitcher has thrown a no-hitter through the ninth inning. However, this is only the third time a team’s pitchers have combined for a no-hitter. Prior to Lotte, the LG Twins accomplished the feat against the NC Dinos on October 6, 2014, and the SSG Landers against NC in the opening game on April 2 last year.
The centerpiece of the record is undoubtedly Wilkerson, who started the game. He kept the opposing bats in check with his sharp, fastball. He started the game with a triple play in the first inning and continued his “perfect game” by not allowing a single batter to reach first base until the sixth inning.
SSG’s first run of the day came in the seventh inning. Wilkerson gave up a walk to leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo to break up the perfect game. However, he retired the next three batters on a strikeout and a groundout.
Wilkerson threw 95 pitches on the day, the most he’s thrown since his KBO debut. His most common pitches were fastballs (28), which he touched up to 148 mph. His other pitches were his changeup (22) and cutter (21).
“He (Wilkerson) was coming off a personal no-hitter, and we wanted to keep the ball in his hands, but this was his second start of the week and the first time he’s thrown close to 100 pitches since coming to Korea, so we had to take into account the rest of the game,” Lotte manager Larry Sutton said.
LG and SSG advanced to the postseason in the same year as the team no-hitter. Until Lotte broke the record, the “team no-hitter = fall baseball” formula was in effect. However, the two teams and Lotte have different circumstances. LG and SSG were strong enough to be early favorites when they set the record. This year, they are still in the race for the title.
Lotte, on the other hand, currently sits in seventh place in the league and doesn’t have much of a chance of making it to fall baseball. As a result, there’s a good chance that Lotte will break the formula. Of course, it would be a great moment for fans to see Lotte rebound after setting the record.메이저사이트
Currently, Lotte has a pitcher who has thrown a team no-hitter. Shin Jung-rak has been in a Lotte uniform this season. Shin, who played for LG in 2014, started against the Jamsil NC and pitched a complete game with no hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts in seven and a third innings. He was eager to complete the game, but a nail problem in the third inning forced him to leave after the first out of the eighth. Fortunately, two bullpen pitchers pitched the rest of the inning without allowing a hit and no runs to preserve the team’s no-hitter. After the game, Shin said, “During today’s game, Coach Kang Young-sik and