No runs allowed in 5⅔ innings against KIA, Go Jong-wook’s hit in the 6th inning led to Peddie’s right-arm strike
lowering the ERA to 1.996, but the KBO’s official record was marked as 2.00.
Reporter Lee Sang-cheol = NC Dinos’ foreign pitcher Eric Peddy (30) failed to achieve an ERA of 1 point due to one out count. It was even more unfortunate because in his last game of the regular season, while pitching well without giving up any runs, he was hit on the right arm by a batted ball and had to be replaced.
Peddie started the away game against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 16th and recorded 3 hits, 5 strikeouts and no runs in 5⅔ innings.
As a result, Peddie’s ERA became 1.996, but it was rounded off according to the official record rules of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), so he finished the regular season with 2.00.
Peddie, who had an ERA of 2.06 before this game, was able to lower his ERA to 1 point if he pitched 6 innings against the KIA batting line.
Peddie sent out a runner early in the game due to a series of fielder errors, but tied up the KIA batting lineup with stable pitching. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Kim Kyu-seong and Kim Do-young were hit one after another, bringing the ERA close to 1 point.
However, an unexpected situation occurred. There was an 8-pitch battle with Ko Jong-wook with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, and Ko Jong-wook’s batted ball directly hit Peddie’s right arm. The force of the shock sent Fedi to his knees and clutching his right arm with his left arm.
Peddie’s pitch count was only 90, but his arm was not in condition to continue throwing. In the end, the NC bench replaced Peddie and brought second pitcher Kim Young-gyu to the mound.
Peddie attempted to reach an ERA of 1 as a starting pitcher for the first time in 13 years since Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays), who recorded an ERA of 1.82 as a member of the Hanwha Eagles in 2010, but was unable to achieve a record as he failed to catch a single out.
KBO explained, “Peddy’s ERA is rounded off and recorded as 2.00. Accordingly, it cannot be recognized as an ERA in the 1-point range in official records.”
Today’s game against KIA is NC’s 143rd game of the season. NC will play its final regular league game against KIA at the same venue on the 17th.
If Peddy pitches in the game on the 17th and gets one more out, the average ERA could be lowered to 1 point, but this is impossible.
Right now, it is important whether Pedi’s arm is healthy. After being replaced, Peddie was taken to the hospital for a thorough examination.
Meanwhile, Peddie is ranked first in ERA (2.00), most wins (20 wins), and strikeouts (209), confirming the pitcher’s triple crown.
Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes), who ranks second in ERA (2.39), underwent elbow ligament joint surgery last month and is out for the season, so his ranking cannot be changed. Even in the strikeout category, there is a gap of 45 between Peddie and second place Ahn Woo-jin (164), making a reversal impossible.메이저놀이터
In the multiple wins category, Peddie also secured the title by far ahead of second-place Wes Benjamin (15 wins, KT Wiz). NC is ahead of KIA 2-0, so if this lead is maintained, Peddie will record his 21st win of the season.
In the history of the KBO League, which was launched in 1982, only three pitchers have achieved the Triple Crown: Sun Dong-yeol (1986, 1989, 1990, 1991), Ryu Hyun-jin (2006), and Yoon Seok-min (2011). Peddie became the first foreign pitcher to win the Triple Crown.
However, Sun Dong-yeol is the only pitcher who achieved both the Triple Crown and an ERA in the 1-run range. Peddie attempted to set a record, but unfortunately missed.