As expected, ‘154km/h’ Alcantara… 6 innings and 1 run without a win or loss

Raul Alcantara (31, Doosan Bears) once again made an ace-like fight.

Alcantara started in the 2023 KBO League regular season against SSG Landers held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 20th and made a good fight with 6 innings, 7 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run. 10th quality start this season (less than 3 earned runs in 6 or more innings). The individual ERA slightly decreased from 1.98 to 1.94. In the 1-1 situation in the 7th inning, he passed the mound to Cheol-Won Jeong and did not meet the requirements for a winning pitcher, but he overcame the SSG hard hitting line with a fastball of up to 154km/h and fulfilled his ace mission.먹튀검증

It was literally a good fight like Alcantara. Starting with a three-way strikeout in the first inning, including two strikeouts against Choo Shin-soo and Choi Jeong, he faced his first crisis in the second inning. Lead hitter Guillermo Heredia hit the third base and bounced off, becoming an infield hit, followed by hitter Park Seong-han.

There is nothing like a strikeout in a crisis, and Alcantara had a winning shot forkball. After throwing 3 consecutive forkballs to the follow-up hitter Jeon Eui-san, he led the strikeout with no swings, and after two outs, he added another strikeout with no swings to Kim Min-sik with 4 consecutive breaking balls, including the final forkball, to finish the inning.

After getting out of the crisis, it started cruising again. Alcantara, who finished the 3rd inning with a tripartite offense, finished the 4th inning with only one hit. Then, in episode 5, he faced a second crisis. It was a series of hits after one shot. The solution was different this time. He led the foul fly against Choo Shin-soo, the first hitter who was on the verge of conceding a point, with a fastball in the middle of the strike zone, and threw a slider to Choi Ji-hoon, the follow-up hitter, to lead the second baseman fly. It was an infield fly ball that was tantamount to a strikeout made by aggressively pitching with confidence in the pitch.

The 2023 professional baseball SSG Landers and Doosan Bears match held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the afternoon of the 20th. Doosan Alcantara, who had been scoreless in the top of the 6th inning, ended the inning with one run and headed for the dugout with a regretful expression. Photo = Yonhap News

Episode 6 was the tee of jade. At the beginning of the 6th inning when the score was tight 0-0, Alcantara allowed lead batter Choi Jeong a technical hit that went beyond the height of a shortstop. Both subsequent batters were dealt with, but all of them became hits that advanced Choi Jeong, leading to a situation with 2nd and 3rd base.

In the end, Alcantara has not been able to overcome the recent battle with good hitting feeling. Eui-san Jeon attacked Alcantara’s first pitch slider coming in as a strike like in the previous 5th inning, and scored a goal by hitting a timely hit in front of the left fielder who called Choi Jeong.

It didn’t shake any more. Alcantara induced Oh Tae-gon to strike out again, ending the 6th inning and completing the mission for the day. It could have led to the crisis of defeat, but this was erased by the other line. After two outs at the end of the 6th inning, Doosan was 0-1, Hong Seong-ho went to base with an infield hit, followed by captain Heo Gyeong-min, who took a walk after a full count match and took the opportunity. In addition, Kim Dae-han, after a 6-ball match with SSG Choi Min-joon, attacked the cutter and hit a heavy hit, returning the game to the starting point and clearing Alcantara’s loss requirement.

Alcantara, with no win or loss requirement, handed over the mound in the 7th inning to Pil Seung-jo and Jeong Cheol-won and finished the mound without a win or loss. Jamsil as of the end of the 7th inning

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