The hole to rise was the release student.
Right-handed pitcher Jo Yi-hyeon, who was released and started a new life at KT Wiz, became the savior of the team.
Cho Ei-hyeon started the mound in an away game against the NC Dinos held at Changwon NC Park on the 13th and recorded 4 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 4⅓ innings. Although he did not fill 5 innings, he pitched evenly until the middle of the game against opposing foreign ace Eric Peddy, leading the team to a 10-3 complete victory.
At the end of the first inning, 메이저놀이터Jo Yi-hyeon got off to a shaky start by hitting lead Min-woo Park with a ball that fit his body. He finished the most important first inning with no hits and no runs by disposing of Aseop Son with a ground ball in front of the first baseman in the fourth. In the bottom of the second inning, he recorded a three-way strikeout with a fly to right field and two consecutive strikeouts.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Kim Joo-won was allowed the first hit after a death, and then Park Min-woo was allowed a left-handed hit, putting the 1st and 2nd bases in danger. However, he kept scoreless by striking out Park Se-hyeok with a fly to left field and Park Kun-woo with a swing.
In spite of Jo Yi-hyeon’s good pitch, KT’s bat was blocked by a pedi and he could not score, so he gave up the first run in the bottom of the 4th inning while the score was 0-0. Son Ah-seop, the leader, was allowed a double on the left fielder, Park Seok-min’s grounder in front of the second baseman made it 1 out and 3rd base, and Oh Young-soo’s left fielder sacrifice fly allowed the first run.
KT turned 3-1 with an opponent’s error in the top of the 5th inning, Alford’s infield hit, and Moon Sang-cheol’s sacrifice fly, giving Jo Yi-hyun a chance to win.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t complete episode 5. The leader Han Seok-hyeon was caught with a ground ball in front of the first baseman, but Kim Joo-won allowed a right-handed hit. Afterwards, as they were connected to the top batting line, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol replaced Jo Yi-hyeon, who had 68 pitches, and raised Son Dong-hyeon.
In addition to losing 3 games in a row, Cho Yong-ho went down to the 2nd team due to sluggish batting, and Hwang Jae-kyun and Jang Seong-woo were also excluded from the selection in the match, which was expected to be a difficult game. However, as Cho Ei-hyeon endured without a run until the 4th inning, KT had a chance and was able to make a come-from-behind victory.
Cho Yi-hyeon played for Hanwha Eagles and SSG Landers until last year. He served as a starter and long relief player, mainly as a substitute, and in 2020, he recorded 2 wins and 4 losses in 35 games and 77 innings, and in 2021, 4 wins, 8 losses and 1 save while throwing 66⅔ innings in 30 games. . But last year, he couldn’t pitch a single game in the first team because he didn’t have a place to play, and he left the team after the season.
KT acknowledged his all-weather ability and was able to extend his playing career by signing a contract. He started as a bullpen this season and on this day served as a sniper to catch the opponent’s ace as a substitute for Eom Sang-baek.
On this day, the highest speed of the fastball was 141 km, and although the speed was not very fast, he had a good match with the first ball and the breaking ball.
After last season, KT recruited three outfielders, pitchers Cho I-hyeon and Park Seon-woo, and infielder Lee Sang-ho, and as of the beginning of the season, Cho I-hyeon and Lee Sang-ho are playing in the first team. It can be said that it is a win-win case in which the necessary members of the team are well selected.