It’s the ace’s job to extend the winning streak and break the losing streak. Naducks’ Na Kyun-ahn saves Lotte in crisis.
Na Gyun-ahn pitched well for Samsung Electronics in Daegu on Sept. 9, allowing one run on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. He threw a variety of pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 148 kilometers, a curveball, a cut fastball, and a forkball. Lotte beat Samsung 5-1 to snap a four-game losing streak that began on April 4 against Sajik KIA.
Manager Larry Sutton said, “Na Kyun-ahn pitched an incredible game. He proved today why he was selected for the national team,” said manager Larry Sutton.
Speaking to the media after the game, Na said, “I was very nervous before the game and had more pressure than usual. It was a happy day (being named to the final roster for the Hangzhou Asian Games), but it was also my first start, so I thought a lot about it while preparing for the game. I wanted to do better,” he said.
“I’ve played with Bo Geun a lot, even last year, so we know each other well. It was the first time we worked together this season, and we said, “Let’s do it as usual. We trusted each other and it worked out well.”
“There were times when I got goosebumps in the middle of the game. If I had a pitch I wanted to throw, Bo-geun had the same idea. It led to a good outcome in a crucial situation,” he smiles.
“The sixth inning was a big one. He threw out the runner at third base, so I was able to pitch into the seventh inning.” 메이저놀이터
Lotte, which had recently played a close game and had exhausted its pitching staff, finished the game with two pitchers, Na Kyun-ahn and Jin Seung-hyun. “Before today’s game, my brothers jokingly said, ‘You have to throw a no-hitter or a complete game today,’ and I pitched my best in the first inning. Seung-hyun also pitched well,” he said.
When asked about the fact that the broadcast camera caught him hugging Jun-woo Jeon during the game, he said, “Jun-woo told me a lot of good things today and gave me a lot of energy. Also, Jun-woo gave me a spike, which I am very grateful for,” he said.