When Eric Peddie (NC Dinos), who was pitching well, complained about the call, NC manager Kang Myung-ho rushed out. In response, KT Wiz manager Lee Kang-cheol protested, saying, “Shouldn’t he have visited the mound to check?”
On the 30th, Suwon Katie Wiz Park hosted the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason Playoffs (best-of-five, best-of-three) between the NC Dinos and KT Wiz.
At the beginning of the game, NC scored a lot of runs due to KT starter William Cuevas’ difficulties and KT’s defensive mistakes, and led 8-1 through the fourth inning.
NC starter Pedi gave up a home run to Moon Sang-chul in the third inning, but continued to pitch flawlessly without any threats.
However, something happened in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and a full count, Pedi’s seven-pitch at-bat was ruled a ball, and Moon walked to first base.
Pedi then spread his arms and appealed to the umpire with a gesture that said, “Why is it not a strike? Lee Min-ho Gusim also gestured to go up to the mound.
NC manager Kang In-hwa quickly ran out of the dugout and blocked Lee Min-ho. It seemed to be a move to prevent a protest from leading to an ejection. Second baseman Park Min-woo also pulled Pedi to the plate to calm him down.
Just as Pedi was about to continue pitching, NC sent pitching coach Kim Soo-kyung to the mound to calm him down.
Then, this time, KT manager Lee Kang-chul ran out of the dugout to protest the umpire. Kang’s gesture earlier was also called a ‘mound visit’.
If the coaching staff visits the mound twice in an inning, the pitcher must be replaced according to the rules. In response, Lee protested that NC should have replaced the pitcher.스포츠토토
However, the umpires did not consider Kang’s gesture as an official mound visit, and the game continued as normal.
The KBO explained, “There is a number of mound visits in the speed-up rule, but the umpires did not check the number of mound visits because they did not consider it a mound visit and thought it came from the umpire himself.”
After putting runners in scoring position for the first time against Pedi, KT was unable to capitalize on the opportunity as Kim Sang-soo struck out.
NC’s offense is currently underway in the top of the sixth inning.