“Wilkerson’s commanding pitching won the game.”
It’s been four games in a row. This is why the nickname ‘Resignation Jesus’ is no longer a joke.
The Lotte Giants swept the first game of their weekend series against the KIA Tigers at Sajik Stadium in Busan on Nov. 11, behind a six-inning no-hitter from starter Wilkerson and the offense of Ahn Chi-hong, Jung Hoon Son, and others.
The team’s June-July slump continued into early August, and the team’s mood seemed to sink. However, Wilkerson’s presence on the mound since the end of July has turned the tide.
Especially since Lotte manager Larry Sutton has announced a “four-day rest” rotation for Wilkerson and Barnes, managing the health of the two foreign pitchers is crucial. This is especially true as Lotte will be without Park Se-woong and Na Kyun-ahn, two of its key homegrown starters, for the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games. The good news is that the two pitchers are in very good shape so far.
The weight of the batting lineup, which has relied on rookies like Kim Min-seok and Yoon Dong-hee, seems to be shifting to the veterans. Jeon Jun-woo, Ahn Chi-hong, and Jeong Hoon are showing their strength. Ahn Chi-hong led the team to victory with back-to-back home runs, while Jeon Jun-woo and Jeong Hoon’s bats are also hot.
After the game, LOTTE head coach Larry Sutton said, “In the first game of a crucial series, Wilkerson pitched a dominant game to get us the win. He gave us everything we needed to get the win we wanted,” he said.
He emphasized that Choi Jun-yong, who took over after Shin Jeong-rak gave up one run, “saved the pitchers in the winning group by going multiple innings.”
“On offense, our hitters put pressure on the opposing pitchers throughout the game, and our veteran bats Ahn Chi-hong and Jeong Hoon stood out today, especially Jeong Hoon, who contributed greatly to the team’s victory in every play on the field, and Jeon Jun-woo. “The first game of the series was important to us, and I’m glad we were able to win in front of our fans. It’s a victory for our team.” 먹튀검증