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Jamsil Jesus sign of complete resurrection Unraveling the clue to the changeup

For the first time this season

LG foreign pitcher Kelly won the game with a scoreless pitch. 

Kelly started against Lotte at Jamsil Stadium on the 24th and recorded 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. 

In his 24th appearance this season, he pitched his first zero-run game in which he allowed no runs.

It was a big deal that I overcame the crisis well in the first episode. 

In the first inning, Lotte’s top hitter, Ahn Kwon-soo, was allowed a double on the left line. 

Third baseman Moon Bo-kyung tried to catch it with his backhand 토토사이트

but it brushed against his glove and fell into the outfield.

The second hitter, Kim Min-seok.

 I tried to bunt on the 3rd pitch in a surprise bunt stance

but it was a miss. 

Second base runner Ahn Kwon-soo was unable to quickly return to base as he leaned towards third base the moment he tried to bunt. 

He was tagged out for catcher Park Dong-won’s throw to second base.

From a safe second base crisis, it became a relaxed situation without a runner on first run. 

Kelly struck out Min-Seok Kim, and after two outs, Jung-Hoon Lee got a hit

but Chi-Hong Ahn hit a fly ball to finish the first inning without conceding a run.

After that, 2-3 times in a row, they quit. 

In the fourth inning, the lead batter allowed a hit

but all three subsequent batters were treated as criminal hits. 

5 or 6 times, it ended with a tripartite retreat. He was replaced at 85 pitches.

Prior to the game on the 24th, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop emphasized Kelly’s changeup, which has been sluggish this season. 

Kelly’s changeup has a bad batting average of 307. As the reliance on the main weapon curve increased

opponent hitters became more adaptable to the curve.

Manager Yeom said

I told Kelly that I should think about the changeup once.

(It has a high hit rate) It is not about removing the changeup from pitches

but how to increase the effect of the changeup will be important for the rest of the season and the postseason.”

“I was told to study changing the grip or changing the style.

As the value of the changeup pitch decreases, the value of other pitches also decreases.

I think raising the pitch value of the changeup is one of the ways to overcome difficulties.

You need to throw more than 10 percent,” he said.

Kelly threw 85 pitches that day, including 39 fastballs, 23 curveballs, 15 cutters and 8 changeups. 

(The changeup rate was 9%, and it was thrown close to coach Yeom’s order.)

He didn’t throw any changeups in the first inning, and threw two changeups against Seung-min Ko (left-handed hitter) in the second inning to catch the center fielder out. 

The 8 changeups on this day were 7 strikes (3 fouls, 1 swing, 1 strike, 2 hits) and 1 ball. 

No hits (floating balls, ground balls) in 2 at-bats, and no hits were hit. At least on this day

the changeup was useful, and the control was good.

After the game

Kelly said

The main thing was to confidently throw the changeup to the count I wanted.

I think I was able to play a good game by playing aggressively with the hitter.

The team is doing very well, and I want to help the team win every time I start.

he said.

Kelly is 8-7 with a 4.39 ERA this season. 

He is quite different from last year’s record of 16 wins and 4 losses with an ERA of 2.54 (5th in the league)

where he won the most wins. He had a 5.66 earned run average in 5 games (35 innings) in April, and was briefly good with an ERA of 2.73 in 5 games (33 innings) in May.

However, with an average earned run average of 4 points in June and 5 points in July, he was still unable to escape from sluggishness, and was on the verge of being removed. 

He is gradually stabilizing with an earned run average of 3.68 in 4 August games (22 innings). 

If Kelly, who was strong in ‘fall baseball’, regains his former form from now on, LG’s challenge to win the Korean Series after 29 years will be bright.

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