Left-handers Kim Kwang-hyeon and Yang Hyun-jong of the same age, a disappointing ‘combination loss’

3 consecutive losses side by side… Yang Hyun-jong lost by decision in ‘Korea-Japan match’

Kim Kwang-hyun

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Choi In-young = South Korea’s leading left-handed pitcher Kim Kwang-hyeon (33, St. Louis Cardinals) and Yang Hyeon-jong (33, Texas Rangers) did not achieve their dream of winning the MLB together.

Kim Kwang-hyun and Yang Hyun-jong started side by side on the 31st (Korean time). The match start time in Korea was the same at 5:10 am.

Kim Kwang-hyun started against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and Yang Hyun-jong started against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington.

Kim Kwang-hyun had 1 win and 2 losses, and Yang Hyun-jong had 2 losses. Kim Kwang-hyun was in a situation where he was trying to win his second win of the season and Yang Hyun-jong was trying to win his first.

However, the two took on their third loss of the season side by side.

Kim Kwang-hyun recorded 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 4 runs in 5 innings, and lost the game as the team lost 2-9.

Yang Hyun-jong was substituted with 3 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned runs), and was substituted while the team lost 2-4.

Hyunjong Yang
Hyunjong Yang

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Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong have in common that they are the same age and left-handed pitchers, and after playing as the representative left-handed ace of the KBO League, they left for the major leagues after pursuing their dreams.

Kim Kwang-hyun entered the major leagues first last year, and Yang Hyun-jong fulfilled his dream of becoming a major leaguer this year.

It is similar that both of them overcame difficulties and became a major league starting pitcher.

As soon as Kim Kwang-hyun entered the game, he settled well as a starting pitcher despite the difficulties of the league being reduced due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and Yang Hyeon-jong was called to the big league after chasing the game as a ‘reserve player’ (taxi squad). succeded.

If the two had won side by side, another ‘Korean Day’ would have been born on September 25 last year, following the wins of Hyun-jin Ryu (34, Toronto Blue Jays) and Kwang-hyun Kim, a Korean starting pitcher.

At that time, Hyun-Jin Ryu took the victory over the New York Yankees with no runs in 7 innings, and Kwang-Hyun Kim stopped the Milwaukee Brewers with 1 run in 5 innings and became the winning pitcher.

The win with a Korean pitcher was the first in 15 years since Park Chan-ho (then San Diego Padres) and Seo Jae-eung (then New York Mets) on August 25, 2005.

However, it was a disappointing day to lose rather than win together.

Kim Kwang-hyun fell into three consecutive individual losses and the team’s four consecutive victories were suspended. In particular, the opponent Arizona escaped from a 13-game losing streak by sacrificing Kim Kwang-hyun.

Yang Hyun-jong also lost his third consecutive personal loss. He also lost by decision in the pride match between Korea and Japan.

Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who started as a Seattle starter, gave up two runs in 6⅔ innings and won his third win (three losses) of the season. He also recorded a ‘no-hit no-run’ for five innings before being hit by lead batsman Willy Calhoun in the sixth inning.

abbie@yna.co.kr

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