Song Myung-ki of the NC Dinos has helped his team to a winning streak.
NC won 12-7 at home against the Kiwoom Heroes at NC Park in Changwon on June 6. NC has won four straight games and moved into sole possession of third place.
While the team showed off their hot hitting as all of the starters got hits, the manager was the first to praise the starting pitcher.
“Song Myung-ki executed his duties perfectly as a starting pitcher and laid the foundation for the victory,” said NC head coach Kang In-hwa.
He struck out all three batters he faced in the first inning, and although he gave up a hit to Kim Hwijip, the leadoff hitter in the second inning, he got out of the inning with a sacrifice bunt and two walks.
In the bottom of the second inning, the bats provided five runs, and in the third inning, the bases were loaded with two outs, but no runs were scored.
The top of the fourth inning was the key. After a walk to Kim Hwijip, Lee Ju-hyung hit a home run. After an infield single by Kim Dong-heon, Kim Tae-jin grounded out to load the bases, but Kim gave up a double to Kim Soo-hwan for the third run. Crunch time. Lee struck out Ye Jin-won to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers added three more runs, and Song Myung-ki, who had already overcome one big mountain, ended the top of the fifth with a triple play. With the win in hand, Song left the mound with 86 pitches. Five innings, three hits (one home run), four walks, five strikeouts, and three runs.
The bullpen faltered a bit afterward, but the offense came through with a pair of runs to earn the win.
After starting the season as a starter, Song moved to the bullpen in late May before returning to the mound in July. His last start came on April 9 against Kiwoom. It was his first win in 119 days.
After the game, Song said, “It feels good to be able to help the team win and continue the winning streak,” adding, “The hitters gave me a lot of help on defense and scored a lot of runs, which helped me psychologically on the mound.”
Despite being the winning pitcher, the game was far from perfect. “In my next start, I will do my best to throw more innings with fewer pitches,” Song said. 파워볼사이트