The world of the pros is fiercely competitive. Although they met as enemies, there was a sense of camaraderie.
On the 23rd, Changwon NC Park. A fierce pitching battle unfolded. NC starting pitcher Lee Jae-hak pitched six scoreless innings. Doosan ace Raul Alcantara took the mound in the sixth inning after a scoreless fifth inning. Kim Han-byul led off with a grounder to the first baseman and was hit by Son Asub. Kim Sung-wook followed with a hit by pitch.
The next batter was Park Min-woo, who is currently ranked fourth in career batting average. Working against the count at 2S, Park took a 150-kilometer-per-hour fastball on the third pitch. The pitch was right in front of Alcantara, right in his face. Alcantara instinctively put his hand out to block the ball. The ball hit him hard in the palm of his right hand.
Alcantara ran to catch the ball. Kang Seung-ho, who rushed in first, snatched the ball and threw to third base, which was safe. After being hit by the ball, Alcantara removed his glove and complained of pain in his palm.
Trainers and interpreters rushed over to check on him. There was one person who came with him. Park Min-woo, the batter.
Park immediately called time after landing on first base and went to check on Alcantara. Alcantara was eventually replaced, and Minwoo apologized. Even as Alcantara walked off the mound, Minwoo looked at him with concern.
After being hit by the ball, Alcantara headed straight to the hospital. Luckily, he escaped serious injury. X-rays and CT scans at the hospital showed no major abnormalities.
After the game, Alcantara said, “The ball came fast and I tried to block it instead of trying to catch it. “It hit me in the palm and it didn’t travel very far, so all I could think about was getting an out first,” he recalls.
“I went to the hospital and got checked out,” Alcantara continued. They said there was nothing wrong with it.”토토사이트
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Alcantara pitched like an ace and set the tone early in the game. We are relieved to hear that there are no major abnormalities as a result of the checkup.”
Meanwhile, the game continued again. NC failed to capitalize on its chances. With the bases loaded, Doosan brought in Lee Young-ha, who quickly swallowed the gum he was chewing and retired the next two batters, Jason Martin and Kwon Hee-dong, on a foul ball to first base and a fly ball to center field, respectively.
With runners on first and second in the seventh, Kim Jae-ho and Jose Rojas singled, Yang Ji singled and Kim Jae-hwan scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0, and Doosan held on for the win without allowing another run.
No. 4 Doosan won its third straight game to improve to 67 wins (1 tie, 58 losses). They closed the gap to 1.5 games on third-place NC (67-2-55).