Can’t throw 80? Lee Ui-ri, who demonstrated force in the 109th district

KIA Tigers left-handed starting pitcher Eui-ri Lee (21), whose durability was questioned, completed his duties as starting pitcher for two consecutive games. 

Lee Ui-ri started as a starter in the away game against KT Wiz in the 2023 KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 3rd, throwing a total of 109 balls in 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run. He only gave up 1 run by allowing a sacrifice fly to Anthony Alford in the bottom of the 5th inning with bases loaded and 1 out, but showed stable pitching overall. Although Lee Ui-ri did not become the winning pitcher as he received only 1 point of batting support, he is evaluated as having laid the foundation for his team KT’s 3-1 victory. 

The number of pitches (109) left by Lee Ui-ri in the game against KT on the 3rd was the highest among the 26 games he appeared in this season. It was also the third personal record following the KT game on June 3, 2022 (118) and the LG Twins game on August 25, 2022 (115). 

Lee Ui-ri was named to the final entry for the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) national baseball team announced last June. He is a player who has been evaluated as the present and future of the national team’s starting lineup by participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) in succession. 

Currently, 바카라사이트 Hangzhou AG is in full swing and Lee Ui-ri is playing in the KBO League. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Strength Enhancement Committee judged that Lee Ui-ri, who had a blister on the middle finger of his left hand in early September, would have difficulty showing his best performance, and on the 22nd of last month, he was excluded from the national team and selected outfielder Yoon Dong-hee (Lotte Giants) as a replacement. . National team coach Ryu Joong-il also said, “Lee Eui-ri is one of the best left-handed pitchers in the league, but I had doubts about whether he could throw 70 to 80 balls in his current condition.” 

Lee Ui-ri showed that the Power Enhancement Committee’s judgment was wrong. Lee Ui-ri, who was in his team’s starting rotation as is, showed off his best pitching this season by allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and no runs in 7 innings against the NC Dinos batting line, which was 3rd in the league, on the 27th of last month. He led KIA to a 6-1 victory and achieved his 11th win (7 losses) of the season. In the game against KT on the 3rd after a five-day break, he even recorded the highest number of pitches of the season. There was no problem with Lee Ui-ri’s physical condition. 

Lee Eui-ri, who had been having a hard time for a while, said, “It’s unfortunate, but he’s a professional in not showing it like that. “If you dwell on (the past), it will be a nuisance to the team,” he said. Lee Ui-ri then shared an anecdote about being comforted by team senior Na Seong-beom and Ko Young-pyo (KT), whom he met on the Olympic and WBC national teams, and said, “The seniors said, ‘It will be an experience that will help you become a bigger player.’ In the end, mind control is the most important thing. “I will play for the team again,” he said. 

As of the 3rd, KIA was in 6th place (65 wins, 2 draws, 65 losses), 2.5 games behind 5th place SSG Landers. It is not easy to regain 5th place. KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “We will do our best until the end.” Lee Ui-ri will also make two more starts in the remaining regular season to help compete for rankings. 

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