Despite a 3-year hiatus, ‘Eagle Hunter’ Raul Alcantara
- on Apr 21, 2023
The forgotten eagle hunter is back. Even though there was a gap of 3 years, the killer DNA was activated and the Hanwha batting line was blocked.
Raul Alcantara took the mound as a starter in the third match of the season against Hanwha held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 20th.
Prior to this game, Alcantara showed ups and downs in pitching in three games. He allowed 4 runs in 4 innings (4 earned) in his first appearance, 6 scoreless innings in his second appearance, and 7 runs in 4 innings (1 earned) in his third appearance. Ahead of his fourth appearance, attention was focused on whether he would show off pitching without ups and downs.
In this appearance, Alcantara calmed down the Hanwha batting line by fighting hard with 7 hits (1 home run) in 8 innings, 11 strikeouts and 1 run (1 earned run).
It didn’t start well. In the bottom of the second inning, he dedicated the first run by hitting a left-handed solo home run to lead batter스포츠토토 Chae Eun-seong. However, immediately in the beginning of the 3rd inning, Doosan’s lineup scored 5 points, lightening Alcantara’s shoulders.
Afterwards, Alcantara, who continued to pitch stably until the 4th inning, allowed Kim Tae-yeon a double after a run in the 5th inning and allowed a scoring position. However, he blocked both Kim In-hwan and Park Sang-eon with a fly ball and finished the inning without conceding.
In the 6th inning, after one company, Noh Soo-kwang was allowed a double and allowed scoring position once again. However, he was able to get out of another crisis situation by blocking Jeong Eun-won and Roh Si-hwan with strikeouts and floating balls, respectively.
Episode 7 was decisive. After the first run, Moon Hyun-bin and Kim Tae-yeon hit in a row and brought on the 1st and 2nd bases. However, he ended the inning by striking out both Kim In-hwan and Park Sang-eon.
In the 8th inning, Eun-won Jeong allowed a hit after 2 outs, but he finished the inning by blocking Roh Si-hwan with a ground ball, and was replaced with Kun-hee Hong in the 9th inning. Hong Geon-hee, who came up in the ninth inning, also kept Alcantara’s victory by pitching a scoreless inning.
After the game, Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop praised the team, saying, “Alcantara showed its best performance in today’s game. It’s like an ace.”
Alcantara also said, “I tried to reduce the number of pitches as much as possible by striking aggressively and drawing a quick swing.” “He’s regained a lot of confidence, and most of all, I’m happy to give the bullpen a break,” he said.
Encouraged by Alcantara’s strong fighting, Doosan succeeded in a winning series against Hanwha. In addition, including this game, Alcantara won 5 wins in 7 matches against Hanwha, and the average ERA was lowered to 1.88. Even though there was a gap of 3 years, the Hanwha Killer was still the Hanwha Killer.