There was a rainout in the series. There was no particularly catastrophic bullpen attrition the day before. The next day is a Monday, an off day.
Outside pitchers who had yet to build trust with each other. Two games in a row of stumbles.
But the manager showed the vision and patience of a catcher. He trusted, observed, and waited.
The final game of the weekend series against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium on the 20th. NC’s starter was Tanner Tully. He was the newest addition to the roster after the release of Taylor Widener.
He is not a hard-throwing pitcher, but rather a sophisticated command and changeup. In his first start, he recorded a quality start (6+ innings and 3 earned runs or less) with 3 runs in 6 innings against the Hanwha Eagles on the 15th, but his fastball velocity was lower than expected.
NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho said, “Today will be better than his first start. I want to have hopeful thoughts.” He was more cautious than excited.
Tanner was shaky early on. The first four batters he faced in the first inning all hit well. Park Kye-beom and Rojas singled, and Kim Jae-ho and Yang Seok-hwan hit balls straight at the batter’s box. However, Kim Jae-ho hit a straight line drive to second base and Yang Seok-hwan singled to end the first inning without a run.
In the bottom of the second inning, the pitching struggles were compounded by the defense’s repeated mistakes. Doosan’s first batter, Kim Jae-hwan, walked, and Kang Seung-ho hit a single to left-center and ran to second base. Commentator Lee Dae-hyung said, “The pitch was weak, but NC center fielder Martin’s advance was late. Kang Seung-ho shouldn’t have gotten to second base.”
Park Jun-young followed with a grounder to shortstop, but shortstop Kim Joo-won made an error at home plate. Jang Seung-hyun’s infield grounder and Cho Su-hyun’s RBI single made it a 1-3 game. The jitters seemed to be paying off.
The third inning got off to a shaky start. Doosan’s leadoff hitter, Rojas, hit a sharp pitch to Park’s perfect shift, but Park was unable to make the throw and it was an infield single.
But Tanner had already made a difference. He struck out Yang Seok-hwan and Kim Jae-hwan in succession. He gave up a triple in the fourth and a single in the fifth and sixth, but retired the next seven batters in a row to preserve a 4-3 lead heading into the sixth. He walked off the mound with his first win in the KBO. The NC offense backed up Tanner with three runs in the top of the seventh. 메이저놀이터
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop declared a “total war” before the game, considering the special conditions on Sunday. He pulled starter Kwak Bin in the fourth inning, followed by Lee Young-ha, Kim Kang-ryul, Kim Myung-shin, Kim Min-kyu, who was preparing to start on the 20th, and then Park Chi-guk, Choi Won-joon, and Lee Byung-heon.
The fourth-ranked NC also has a busy road ahead. However, Kang chose to wait and see, and his patience was rewarded. NC won 12-5, and Tanner earned his first win in Korean baseball.
Tanner’s fastball, the one that drew the most attention, topped out at 145 mph and averaged 142 mph. That’s a big improvement from his first game, when he was under 140. His fastball was up to 145 mph, which is a big improvement from his first game, when it was below 140 mph.