Except for the opening game of ‘ERA 0.28’, it’s better than Peddy… SSG Emerging Ace

 Scoreless again. Another good fight from Kirk McCarty followed. It is the appearance of SSG Landers ‘Emerging Ace’.

SSG McCarty started the home game against KT Wiz held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 4th and won the game with 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings. This is the 3rd win (1 loss) of the season.

It was a pitching that overwhelms the opponent without a major crisis. In the match against lead hitter Hong Hyun-bin at the beginning of the first inning, he gave up a walk because he couldn’t control, but immediately treated the next three batters as criminal hits. The SSG batting line scored 5 runs at the end of the first inning, giving them a 5-0 lead, and McCarty was able to focus on pitching in a more comfortable situation.크크크벳

At the beginning of the second inning, he allowed an infield hit to lead batter Sang-cheol Moon, but immediately succeeded in inducing a double hit that led to second baseman, shortstop-first baseman, and Kim Jun-tae, the next batter. Kang Min-seong also withdrew with a knockout strikeout, ending the second inning with three batters.

Strikeout-strikeout-outfield fly in the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning, McCarty, who recorded a three-way strike in a row with an outfield fly, an infield grounder, and a strikeout, struck out all of the center batters Sang-cheol Moon, Joon-tae Kim, and Min-seong Kang in the 5th inning. Moon Sang-cheol and Kang Min-seong struck out swinging, and Kim Jun-tae struck out standing.

In the top of the 6th, SSG led 6-0. McCarty was hit by Siwon Lee after one out. However, the inning ended as Hong Hyun-bin’s batted ball became a double-out, catching second baseman’s straight hit and first base runner Lee Si-won’s. McCarty had only 85 pitches until the 6th inning, but came down the mound before the 7th inning. It is interpreted that the score gap widened greatly and gave an early break.

McCarty has been showing the most consistent pitching performance among the SSG starters this season. After he was sluggish with 8 runs in 3⅓ innings in the season opening series against the KIA Tigers, he has only 1 earned run in 5 games. Excluding the KIA match, the average ERA is only 0.28 with 10 hits, 32 strikeouts, 9 walks and 3 runs (1 ERA) in 5 games, 32⅔ innings. Looking at the results of 5 games alone, he is at a level that can withstand Eric Peddy (NC), who is considered the best foreign pitcher in the league this season.

It is not a flashy pitch with a fastball of over 150km, but McCarty has successfully made a soft landing on the Korean stage with his own weapon of various breaking balls and clear control. 1 earned run in 32⅔ innings. With McCarty playing the role of an ‘ace’, SSG continues to lead at the beginning of the season.

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