Young-pyo Ko (31), who had been leading the KT Wiz’s ascent with his league-leading innings pitched, collapsed .On May 1, Ko started against the visiting Kiwoom Heroes at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul and struggled, giving up six runs on nine hits (one home run) in five innings with one walk and three strikeouts .After failing to complete five innings against the KIA Tigers on May 30, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits in two innings, Ko transformed into an iron fist in June .From June 6 against the Lotte Giants to June 24 against the KIA Tigers, he had 12 consecutive quality starts (six or more innings and three or fewer earned runs).Ten of those 12 games were quality starts plus (seven or more innings and three or fewer earned runs).However, Ko struggled against the Kiwoom bats. He got off to a shaky start in the first inning, giving up singles to Kim Tae-jin and Song Sung-moon to put runners on first and second, and a two-out triple to Lee Ju-hyung. With runners on first and second in the second inning, Kim Hye-sung’s single narrowly avoided a run as Lim Byung-wook was caught at home plate, but he was hit hard again in the third inning. After giving up a single to Song Sung-moon and a double to Lee Joo-hyung to put runners on first and second, Kim gave up a sacrifice fly to Kim Hwijip to score the third run. Soon after, he gave up a walk to Lee Hyung-jong, exposing his shaky command, and then gave up a three-run homer to Lim Byung-wook .He threw his now-famous “sidewalk of imputation” changeup, but Lim scooped it up as if he’d been waiting for a low pitch, sending it over the right field wall .The six-run inning ended Ko’s streak of 12 consecutive quality starts.In the fourth and fifth innings, Ko returned to his old self, cooking the Kiwoom bats with five ground balls and one fielder’s choice. However, he had already given up too many runs and handed the mound over to Lee Sang-dong at the start of the sixth inning, 토토사이트 trailing 1-6.

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