Jeong Chan-heon (33), who returned to Kiwoom Heroes due to a late FA contract, made an impressive pitch in his first appearance of the season.
Jeong Chan-heon started the match against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 5th. Jeong Chan-heon showed brilliant pitching with 2 hits, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings against the SSG lineup, who scored 12 hits and 10 runs against KT Wiz the previous day, but unfortunately lost the game.
Only 62 balls were required for Jeong Chan-heon to digest 6 innings. At the beginning of the first inning, after a 7-ball full count match against first batter Choo Shin-soo, Jeong Chan-heon, who treated Choi Joo-hwan as a fly ball and Choi Jeong as a ground ball, finished the inning cleanly with a three-way offense.
Afterwards, Jeong Chan-heon threw 9 pitches in the 2nd inning and 12 pitches in the 3rd inning, eliminating innings with a small number of pitches. Jeong Chan-heon, who continued his perfect march, allowed Choi Jeong his first hit after two outs in the fourth inning. He then gave Choi Jeong a steal in the Heredia at-bat. In the end, the 3rd curve thrown to Heredia was driven to the middle and allowed 1 RBI on time. Jeong Chan-heon’s crisis was over when Heredia, who hit a hit, was out at second base due to excessive running.
Jeong Chan-heon, who overcame the crisis, neatly handled the 5th inning with 3 ground ball outs. In the 6th inning, he continued his three-way streak with a fly ball, a ground ball, and a strikeout.
Jeong Chan-heon, who threw only 62 pitches until the 6th inning, broke his previous record of minimum pitches (63 pitches) in 6 innings. SSG starter Oh Won-seok’s scoreless pitching led to a tight 0-1 match. Kiwoom started the bullpen first, and Jung Chan-heon passed the mound to Lim Chang-min from the 7th inning. Kiwoom only managed to make up for one point in the 7th inning, and as the team lost 1-3, Jeong Chan-heon became the losing pitcher.
Jeong Chan-heon got the FA qualification after finishing last season, but he almost lost his love because he did not receive a love call from any of the 10 clubs. Jeong Chan-heon, who could not find a nest after passing the year, played in an independent league and maintained a sense of real combat. Eventually, on March 27, Kiwoom, the original team, reached out to Chan-heon Jeong and signed a two-year contract worth 860 million won (down payment 200 million won, annual salary 200 million won, option up to 260 million won).
Kiwoom had the league’s best 1-3 starters,메이저사이트 including Ahn Woo-jin, Yokishi, and Hura-do, but the lower selection was a concern. Choi Won-tae, the 4th starter, had a lot of ups and downs, and Jang Jae-young and Lee Seung-ho, who had a chance to start the 5th, neither received a passing grade. In this situation, Jeong Chan-heon showed more than expected from the first appearance, so Kiwoom’s starting lineup operation became more breathable.