Won-Tae Choi took the mound in a striped uniform and threw a perfect game in his first start since being traded. He proved to be the man for the job.
Choi Won-tae started the game against Doosan at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 30th.
Choi was traded from Kiwoom to LG the previous day (29th), and his debut was moved up after Plutko, who was originally scheduled to start that day, struggled with a cold.
Choi pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking none. He came off the mound in the seventh inning with a 10-0 lead and had what it took to win. He got his seventh win.
He started the inning with a triple play on seven pitches. He got Jung Soo-bin to ground out to third base on two pitches. Third baseman Moon Bo-kyung handled the line drive well. Heo Kyung-min’s grounder hit the pitcher’s glove and was caught by the shortstop, who threw to first base for the out. Kim Jae-hwan grounded out to third baseman Moon Bo-kyung, who moved to second on a defensive shift.
In the second inning, Yang reached on a grounder to the second baseman. Shin Min-jae made a great catch on a hard hit ball that fell between the second baseman and center fielder as he ran backwards. With the help of the defense, Choi Won-tae struck out Kang Seung-ho on three pitches.
In the third, he got leadoff hitter Yang Chan-yeol to fly out to shortstop. He then struck out Park Kye-beom on a swinging strike before striking out Kim Tae-geun on a full count with a 145-kilometer pitch.
The fourth inning was also a triple play. He threw nine pitches. Jung Soo-bin flied out to right field on a three-pitch changeup. Heo grounded out to the third baseman on a three-pitch pitch. Kim Jae-hwan grounded to the third baseman on a slow curveball to end the inning.
Choi Won-tae faced a crisis in the fifth inning. The leadoff hitter induced a grounder to shortstop. Yang Suk-hwan followed with a strikeout. However, Kang Seung-ho singled to left to break up the no-hitter. He struck out Yang Chan-yeol with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Choi Won-tae took the mound in the sixth inning and was faced with a double by Kim Tae-geun, but he got Jung Soo-bin to ground out to first base and Heo Kyung-min to fly out to left field to end the inning.
As Choi came off the mound, LG fans filled the third base area and chanted his name.
After the game, Choi Won-tae said, “The manager told me it was okay to give up three or four runs, so I threw with that in mind. Even in unfavorable counts, I threw strikes while thinking about that, and I think it led to a good result,” he said of his first start.
Choi Won-tae was able to pitch well on this day because of the favorable weather conditions. In the first inning, Moon Bo-kyung and Son Ho-young, 꽁머니사이트 and in the second inning, Shin Min-jae played great defense and took the pressure off Choi’s shoulders.
“Thank you for helping me adapt well,” said Choi Won-tae.
Even with a 10-0 lead, Choi couldn’t relax. He said, “I was still nervous even though I scored a lot of points. I wanted to win the game. Fortunately, the team won the game, so I felt a little more relaxed,” he said, adding, “I will do my best to pitch hard so that the team can stay in first place.”