The Lotte Giants completed a ‘team no-hit no-run’ with three pitchers from starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson to Koo Seung-min and Kim Won-joong.
Lotte won a 1-0 victory in the home game against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 6th and escaped from a three-game losing streak. The season record was 43 wins and 49 losses.
This is the third time that a team has had a no-hitter in KBO League history since LG Twins (vs NC Dinos) on October 6, 2014 and SSG Landers (vs NC Dinos) on April 2 last year. Unfortunately, SSG, who was the main character of the team’s no-hit-no-run last year, fell victim to the record this time.
In the midst of a tight pitching battle from the start, Wilkerson continued his streak of 18 batters in a row from the 1st to the 6th inning. It is a story that he allowed only one walk and no hit while the batting order went around two laps.
Wilkerson’s perfect march was put on hold in the top of the 7th inning. Leading batter Choo Shin-soo walked on a walk and reached base. But Wilkerson didn’t mind even allowing his first on-base run. After Choi Ji-hoon’s sacrifice bunt, he handled Choi Joo-hwan and Choi Jeong with a fly ball and a strikeout, respectively, ending the inning with no runs. However, he failed to meet the winning pitcher requirements as he did not receive scoring support from the other line throughout the 7 innings.
Koo Seung-min, who inherited the mound, also did his part in the beginning of the 8th inning by turning the batting line leading to Seong-han Park, Jun-woo Choi and Hanyu Island into a tripartite offense. And the long-awaited score came. In the bottom of the 8th, after lead hitter Lee Jung-hoon’s hit and Ko Seung-min’s sacrifice bunt, Yoon Dong-hee hit a 1-run double with 1 out and 2nd base, bringing runner Ahn Kwon-soo home.
Finishing pitcher Kim Won-joong, who took the mound to keep the 1-point lead, also continued the record. After catching lead batter Kim Seong-hyun with a grounder from third baseman, he struck out from follow-up hitter Cho Hyung-woo and came close to reaching the record.
Kim Won-joong caused a crisis of 2nd base by giving up a walk and a wild throw in the match against Choo Shin-soo, the last batter, but 1st baseman An Chi-hong, who caught the ball when Choi Ji-hoon grounded, stepped on 1st base himself. It was the moment that concluded the game with the team’s no-hit no-run.메이저사이트
SSG starting pitcher Kirk McCarty achieved a quality start plus by recording 3 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and no runs in 7 innings, but he suffered a loss as the other line’s scoring support did not follow. Except for Choo Shin-soo, who got two walks, not a single hitter managed to get on base.