“The goal of winning 20 games this season” Left Lotte homework amid Wilkerson’s struggle with ‘Jesus on Death’… Chiba Lotte Exchange Game 3-7 Reversed

February 25, 2024 | by

Lotte Giants’ Erik Wilkerson (35) pitched a close-to-perfect game in the Chiba Lotte Group exchange match. He blocked six batters during two innings. Wilkerson has declared his goal of winning 20 games this season, raising expectations for the season. Both the exhibition game (March 9, Sajik) and the regular season (March 23, Munhak) will start in all SSG games.

He also left homework. Pitchers who pitched in each of the first innings since Wilkerson lost one to two runs each. Lotte lost 3-7 in a game held in Nishijaki Baseball Stadium in Itoman, Okinawa, Japan on the 24th. The mound has been unstable since the third inning. In particular, even considering the Chiba Lotte Group’s performance in the first division, giving up four runs in the seventh inning is a part that needs to be reviewed.

Taking the mound in the first inning, Wilkerson hit his maximum speed of 144 kilometers. He pitched a total of 26 pitches to cook the first and sixth batters of Chiba Lotte. In the first inning, he lightly handled the three players: Fujiwara (baseman’s ground ball), Ikeda (three strikeouts), and Ueda (baseball). In the second inning as well, he tied Yamaguchi (left fielder fly ball), Yasuda (center fielder fly) and Oka (third baseman’s ground ball). Wilkerson mixed and threw various pitches including fastball, curveball, slider, change-up, fork, and others. It was truly perfect pitching.

Na Kyun-an (26), the fourth starter who took the mound in the third inning, allowed a solo home run against the ninth batter, Jatani. Jeon Mir (19), a high school graduate who took the mound in the fourth inning, also allowed two hits and two walks to yield one run.

Lotte started to follow suit in the third inning. After tying the game 1-1 with second pitcher Akira Niho by allowing a walk and a wild pitch, Reyes (30) who was the leadoff hitter in the fourth inning hit a solo shot to tie the game 2-2.

Reyes turned the tables in the sixth inning. Reyes opened the door with a double. Han Dong-hee (25) then made a timely hit to separate left-center field. The game turned the tables 3 to 2. Jeon Joon-woo (38), the fourth batter, was struck out due to a dubious decision, but the third and fifth clean-up trio played their role.

Trouble began with the seventh inning. Pitcher Choi Joon-yong (23) allowed two hits and two runs against the two batters, and Kim Jin-wook (22), who took the mound afterwards, allowed two hits and one walk and two runs, reversing the score at 3-6. Pitcher Joo Hyung-kwang was right, saying, “I am still uneasy about my pitches in the middle.” Koo Seung-min (34), who took the mound in the eighth inning, also allowed two hits and one run against the five batters. In the end, Lotte ended up losing the game 3-7. 유흥알바

In this game, foreign players stood out. Pitcher Wilkerson was once again proven to be an undisputed first starter. Rays showed strong batting power from the first game by making two hits, one homer, and one RBI from three times at bat. On the other hand, Lotte failed to gather more firepower from its batters after the halfway stage, and its unstable performance in the middle-end stage, which should be improved before the opening of the regular season.

The Chiba Lotte match will likely draw attention as it will be a showdown between Lotte Park Se-woong and Chiba Lotte’s Loki Sasaki. Notably, Loki Sasaki is called a “monstrous pitcher” in Japan, throwing a maximum speed of 164 kilometers. This exchange match will likely be a highlight.

Meanwhile, general manager Park Joon-hyuk said, “With the full support of Lotte Group, we plan to take advantage of the brother team’s advantage to regularize exchange matches with Chiba Lotte. In addition to exchange matches, we will continue to communicate to share various know-how, including exchanges of players and leaders.”


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