Steady pitching without getting sick, proud”…400G Starters, Another History Written by Yang Hyeon-jong, a ‘Great Pitcher’

I’m proud of what I’ve been throwing steadily without getting sick and I think it’s my strength.”

KIA Tigers pitcher Yang Hyun-jong started in the second game of three consecutive games during the week against the LG Twins in the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” held at Jamsil Stadium on the 10th. He pitched well with six hits (one homer) with three strikeouts, no four outs and one run in five innings of final performance, contributing to his team’s 5-2 victory.여우알바

Several valuable records in the game followed Yang. Yang set a new record for the first 400 starts in the KBO league by starting on the day. At the same time, he caught leadoff hitter Austin Dean with a straight hit in the bottom of the fourth inning to complete the record of 100 innings pitched for 11 consecutive seasons. This is the third time in the KBO league history that he made in the 2013-2024 season, excluding the period when he entered the Major League in 2021.

“Today was the first game in which Yang started in 400 games in the KBO league. It is regrettable that Yang did not win despite his good pitching. Still, congratulations on achieving the milestone,” KIA manager Lee Bum-ho said after the game.

Yang Hyun-jong, who faced a double celebration by setting a new record and a milestone, said after the game, “I knew about 100 innings for 11 consecutive seasons, but I found out about his record of starting 400 games after taking the mound. I am proud of myself for throwing consistently without getting sick, and I think it is my strength. I think I am naturally following my career records as I have maintained this until now.”

“I say this all the time, but I am not conscious of the record. I think I have come this far because my team is focusing more on winning and playing my role like that. Still, I want to achieve 170 innings. I will continue my challenge this season.” If Yang throws more than 170 innings this season, he will record more than 170 innings in 10 consecutive seasons, which has continued since the 2014 season.

With his unchanging skills, Yang is still at the center of Kia’s starting lineup. This year’s record is six wins, three losses and 101 ⅔ innings of ERA at 3.81. Yang returned from a break due to fatigue in his left arm mid-April, and has displayed strong pitching after fully recovering his condition.

“After returning from injury, my physical condition is very good. I rested well enough during the All-Star break, so I will continue to throw starting rotation. I think I have more work to do as I am managing my physical strength and my team is maintaining the top spot,” said An.

Jamsil Stadium in Gyeonggi Province was packed with spectators (23,750 seats) on a weekday. Not only LG but also Kia’s away fans filled the stadium. “Thanks to fans who are always cheering for us, regardless of whether it’s at home or away, we are playing in hot weather. I want to thank them,” Yang said.

Meanwhile, Yang Hyun-jong is writing several KBO league records with his steady pitching. On April 25, he won the second 170th game in KBO league history against the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes. He recorded the second 2,000 strikeouts in KBO league history against the Gwangju Lotte Giants on the 6th of last month, and took the mound in the 55th 500th game against the Daegu Samsung Lions on the 4th. As a legend, he is proving his dignity as the best pitcher by rewriting many records.

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