Kiwoom Heroes Jang Jae-young broke the record for the most strikeouts in a single game in his personal career.
Jang Jae-young started the game against Hanwha Eagles in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 25th and recorded 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and 3 runs in 5 innings.
Jang Jae-young, who struck out two in the first inning and blocked it with a tripartite, also caught two strikeouts in the second inning and cleaned up the innings neatly. In the third inning, lead hitter Choi Jae-hoon was sent out with a hit ball, and Nick Williams and Lee Do-yoon were caught with strikeouts and straight hits, respectively. Jang Jae-young, who was driven into a crisis, struggled to prevent the crisis by catching Jung Eun-won with a grounder at first base.
However, the crisis continued in the 4th episode. Jang Jae-young hit a solo home run by lead batter Noh Si-hwan with Kiwoom leading 3-0. Chae Eun-seong struck out, but was hit in a row by Moon Hyun-bin and Kim Tae-yeon and faced a crisis with 1 company, 1st and 2nd base. Jang Jae-young, who caught Choi Jae-hoon with a fly ball from second baseman, was hit by Williams with an RBI in a timely manner, and then contributed another point with a wild throw, allowing the score to tie 3-3. In the ensuing 2nd 2nd base crisis, Lee Do-yoon was treated as a 2nd baseman grounder and sighed.
Jang Jae-young struck out both Lee Jin-young and Jeong Eun-won in the 5th inning and raised his momentum. Noh Si-hwan walked and was hit by Chae Eun-seong, but Moon Hyun-bin struck out and ended the inning without conceding.
Jang Jae-young, who recorded 99 pitches, was replaced by Kim Dong-hyuk in the 6th inning, when Kiwoom and Hanwha faced each other 3-3, and withdrew without a win or loss. Kiwoom suffered a 6-16 loss as the bullpen collapsed after Jang Jae-young went down the mound.
Jang Jae-young, Kiwoom, who started the season as a 5th starter and went down to the 2nd team after 2 games, got a chance to start in June when he started giving starting pitchers a break. Jang Jae-young, who seized the opportunity that came after a long time, finished the first half as a relief pitcher as all the starting pitchers returned at the end of the first half, but at the start of the second half, he pushed out Chan-heon Jeong and entered the starting rotation again.
Manager Hong Won-ki said, “The order of starting pitchers is all out. The starting rotation will return to An Woo-jin, Ariel Hurado, Choi Won-tae, Jang Jae-young, and Ian McKinney. Jeong Chan-heon will prepare for the rest of the season as a substitute starting pitcher. If a starting pitcher is needed, he will be the first to go to Jeong Chan-heon.”
Jang Jae-young, who got a chance to start pitching again, showed off his strong pitch by throwing a fastball that reached a maximum speed of 154 km/h. He caught 9 strikeouts, breaking the record for the most strikeouts in a single game, and also set the record for the most pitches in a single game.
Fans are looking forward to seeing how Jang Jae-young, who made a good start in the second half, will perform for the rest of the season.