Kwak Bin, “Inconsistency of Overflowing Power and Control,” has become a reality
Kwak Bin started the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League game against the Lotte Giants at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 26th and scored four hits, four walks, and four strikeouts in five innings. Doosan lost 2-7, taking on its third loss of the season.
Kwak Bin took the mound in 19 days after the match against the Kiwoom Heroes on the 7th (two hits, two walks, five strikeouts, and no runs in five innings). He was originally scheduled to start against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 22nd, but took another four days off as the game was canceled due to rain.
The start against Lotte on the day was not bad. In the top of the first inning, he showed off his good condition by striking out leadoff hitter Yoon Dong-hee with a fly ball to right field and a good drum, and treating An Chi-hong with a grounder to third base.
However, his control suddenly shook in the top of the second inning. After sending leadoff hitter Jeon Joon-woo to first base with a walk, Park Seung-wook hit a double after one out and was on the verge of second and third base with one out. As Yoo Kang-nam immediately walked on base, the situation worsened with one out and a full base.
Kwak Bin failed to overcome this crisis. Roh Jin-hyuk hit a two-run double and gave Lotte the first run. He then extended his glove to Kim Min-seok’s fastball in the second and third bases with one out, but the deflected ball went out to the outfield and led to another two-run double, widening the score to 0-4. 토토사이트넷
Kwak Bin later got on base every inning, including two outs and second base in the top of the third inning, two outs and first base in the top of the fourth inning, and two outs and first base in the top of the fifth inning, but did not allow additional runs. With the start of defense in the top of the sixth inning, he was replaced by Kim Kang-ryul and finished taking the mound.
Kwak Bin had no problem with his ball power, hitting a maximum fastball speed of 153 kilometers, but his anxiety over control hampered him in the top of the second inning. Five consecutive individual starts ended, and Doosan’s consecutive wins also stopped at ’11’.
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said before the game, “Brandon also took the mound after a long time after a break the previous day, and the ratio of strikes and balls was not good,” adding, “The same goes for Kwak Bin.” Since I rested a lot, the ball will have strength, but I have to think about the part where the ball ratio should not increase. “If I throw a lot of strikes, I think I’ll play a good game,” he predicted.
As a result, Lee Seung-yeop’s wish did not come true. The ball control failed to support the overflowing power, and both Kwak Bin and Doosan will prepare for the final game of three consecutive games on weekdays on the 27th.