A so-called ‘Kwang Hyeon-jong’ match. This time, Hyeonjong Yang laughed.
Yang Hyun-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun started as starting pitchers for the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA Tigers and SSG Landers match held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 9th.
A lot of people’s attention was focused on the confrontation between Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun, who were born in 1988 and who had been consistently rivals since appearing in the same KBO league in 2007.
So far, they have played a total of 6 starting matches, recording a record of 2 wins and 2 losses for Yang Hyeon-jong and 2 wins and 3 losses for Kim Gwang-hyun. In particular, it was the ‘Gwanghyeonjong Match’ that was concluded in 8 years since 2015.
The two players are the best aces who shared the peak of Korean baseball popularity in the 2010s.
Here, starting with the gold medal in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 in 2019, the World Baseball Classic (WBC) this year, and entering the major leagues at the same time, these are the pitchers who laughed and cried.
It was Yang Hyeon-jong who wore a triumphant smile on this day. He took the win by striking out as many as 10 along with 6 hits and no runs in 8 innings.
It is safe to say that Yang Hyeon-jong threw his whole body into the pitch. It has been about 3 years since he recorded double-digit strikeouts in 6 innings and 10 strikeouts against the Lotte Giants on September 4, 2020. It is the first time in 13 years that he has pitched more than 8 innings since the match against the LG Twins in Jamsil on October 18, 2010.
Kim Gwang-hyun also showed good pitching. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings. He allowed Byun Woo-hyeok a two-run four in the 4th inning with one out and 1 base, and Ryu Ji-hyeok’s timely hit in the 5th inning became the excuse for the conceding.
However, he became a losing pitcher because of the scoreless support of the other line despite pitching three runs.메이저놀이터
Yang Hyeon-jong achieved 161 wins in total with this victory. Jung Min-cheol (former Hanwha) climbed to the second place with the most wins in KBO history.
On the other hand, Yang Hyeon-jong has an average ERA of 1.97 with 2 wins and no losses in 5 games and 32 innings, and Gwang-Hyun Kim has an average ERA of 4.34 with 2 wins and 1 loss in 6 games and 29 innings, marking this season’s performance.
KIA and SSG announced Lee Kun-wook and Sean Anderson as starting pitchers on the 10th, respectively.