Samsung Lions right-hander Won Tae-in started Game 11 of the season against the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KT Wiz at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 22nd. Won Tae-in’s first appearance in the second half. Won Tae-in played 15 games in the first half with 4 wins, 5 losses and a 3.18 ERA. In April and May, he was sluggish with a 4.55 ERA and 3.97 ERA, respectively, but changed completely in June. He failed to win in June, but he was good with one loss and a 1.73 ERA. In July, he also pitched well with two games, one win, one loss, and a 1.46 ERA.
The trend continued on this day as well. He gave up a hit to Kim Min-hyuk in the first inning, but grounded out Kim Sang-soo and struck out Anthony Alford and Park Byung-ho. In the second inning, Jang Sung-woo was also turned into a fly ball to second baseman and Hwang Jae-kyun and Kang Baek-ho were struck out. There was a crisis in the third episode. It was even good to strike out Lee Ho-yeon and treat Bae Jung-dae with a fly ball to left field. However, Kim Ji-chan’s catch error came out at Kim Min-hyuk’s at-bat, followed by Kim Sang-soo’s hit, which led to two outs and runners on second and third base. Fortunately, he finished the inning without losing a point by turning Alford into a fly ball to third base.
The ball suddenly increased in the fifth inning. He threw four consecutive balls to leadoff hitter Kang Baek-ho and gave up a walk. Later, when Kang Baek-ho stole a base, he was hit by a bet thrown by Lee Ho-yeon, which almost led to a major injury, but fortunately, he got up and struck out. However, Bae Jung-dae gave up a timely RBI single and Kim Min-hyuk hit a timely come-from-behind hit by Kim Min-hyuk. Won Tae-in also appeared in the seventh inning. It was good enough to strike out Kang Baek-ho. He struck out for the eighth time in the game. However, Won Tae-in received consecutive hits from pinch hitter Park Kyung-soo and Bae Jung-dae. In the end, Samsung’s bench had no choice but to replace it. Won Tae-in dropped his head in regret.
On this day, Won Tae-in recorded six hits, one walk, eight strikeouts, and two runs in 6.1 innings. He pitched 104 pitches and had a maximum speed of 149 kilometers. He threw 45 fastballs, 22 sliders, 21 changeups, 9 cutters and 7 curves.
Won Tae-in failed to win five games of the season, although he increased the quality start record from the match against the Kiwoom Heroes (7 scoreless innings) on the 21st of last month. Fortunately, the defeat did not go up as the team finished the game with a 5-2 victory. On this day, Won Tae-in had a situation that could lead to a major injury in the fourth inning, but he continued his pitching regardless. There was only no victory. Won Tae-in was perfect.