The winning team’s victory against LG… Ace outside the last-place team is challenging KBO’s first history

The momentum of Kiwoom Heroes’ foreign ace Enmanuel de Heysus (28) is unusual. He challenged the LG Twins, the winner of last year’s KBO League, by winning all games.여우알바

Heyesus took his 10th win (four losses) of the season with four hits, two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings against LG in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League regular season home game at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 3rd.

His fastballs and changeups with the maximum speed of 152 km/h were powerful. Heissus was in danger of hitting the first and third bases with one out by allowing a walk and a hit in the top of the first inning. However, he allowed Austin Dean to strike out swinging and inducing Park Dong-won to ground out to the third base to end the inning without allowing a run.

He struck out two fastballs and a change-up in the top of the second inning to create the first three-out inning, and was in danger once again in the top of the fourth inning when Austin, the leadoff batter, hit a double to the right-center. However, LG hitters were helpless against Heissus’ fastball and breaking ball. Heissus started off with a 2B0S ball count against veteran Park Dong-won, but quickly made 2B2S with a fastball. He expanded his options to two breaking balls, then hit a fastball of 151 kilometers per hour to the center, resulting in a swing and miss. He took the opposite approach against Kim Sung-jin, who debuted in the first division this year. He showed off two fastballs in a row, and threw a 133-km slider that penetrated his body from the full count to eliminate strikeouts.

He was also helped by defense. Heissus’ ERA reached 5.84 in the sixth inning, which was always in crisis at the end of the game. He seemed to be shaking as he got a hit on the first pitch by leadoff hitter Kim Hyun-soo at the top of the sixth inning. However, as second baseman Kim Hye-sung caught Park Dong-won’s ball, tagged runner Kim Hyun-soo, who was heading to the second base, and immediately threw it to the first base to create a double play, Heissus’ quality start (more than six innings and less than three earned runs) was made.

Heysus, who also had four runs scored, became the winning pitcher in all three games against LG this season, continuing his relationship with his natural enemies. While pitching in the 19 innings, which was the most by a team, Heysus allowed 20 strikeouts and one run (zero earned runs) and WHIP (per-inning allowed rate) of 0.74, continued pitching without any earned runs. Only two starting pitchers have played without any earned runs against LG until now: Heysus and Connor Seabold (Samsung). Connor had no win despite stellar pitching by allowing one run (zero earned runs) in one game and seven innings.

Heyesus won the first double-digit victory of the year with 10 wins, 4 losses and a 3.14 ERA in 17 games of the season, and he will try to win multiple games for Kiwoom for the first time in three years since Eric Jokish in 2021. Heyesus’ presence is bound to be more special considering the team’s performance, which ranks last in the league with 35 wins and 45 losses at the end of the game on July 3.

After winning the Gocheok Lotte match on the 21st of last month, he said, “I mix various pitches and observe how batters cope. My role is to take away the timing of opposing batters and make it difficult at bat.”

Currently, the second most wins group includes eight wins by Aaron Wilkerson of the Lotte Giants, Detrick Ns of the LG Twins, and Ariel Furado of the same team. If Kiwoom ends the season in last place and Heysus maintains the lead, it will be able to write the first history of the KBO. In the 42-year history of the KBO, there was only one time when the last team produced the most wins. In 2001, Son Min-han, who was a member of the Lotte Giants, shared the most wins with Shin Yun-ho (15 wins and 6 losses) in 29 games, even though he ranked eighth in the team’s performance. A foreign player has never won the most wins as a member of the last team.

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