Rain that hit Suwon KT Wiz Park at the end of the 8th inning. Did it represent the mind of Albert Suarez (34)?
Suarez started the mound against kt Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 28th.
Suarez recently visited the United States due to personal circumstances. There were concerns about the sense of practice because he couldn’t climb the mound for 13 days, but it seemed to make a foothold for the team’s victory with a good pitch that was washed clean.
On this day, Suarez tied the kt line up tightly. Even in the absence of practice, the maximum speed of the four-seam fastball (24 pitches) came up to 154 km. In addition, the cutter (39 pitches), two-seam fastball (23 pitches), changeup (19 pitches), and curveball (6 pitches) also showed proper harmony and helped his pitching.
At the time Suarez was beaten, the team was expected to lead 8-0 and win the first win of the 2023 season. Final score: 7 innings, 6 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, no run. He showed a fighting spirit that recorded 110 pitches, and played an active role as a winning pitcher, but the results did not follow.
Woo Kyu-min (1/3 innings, 2 runs)크크크벳, Lee Jae-ik (0 innings, 3 runs), and Lee Sang-min (1/3 innings, 3 runs), who started as relief pitchers, failed to play their part and missed Suarez’ victory requirements. Samsung allowed 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and tied the game at 8-8.
Suarez, who stepped into the KBO League last year, was nicknamed ‘Suarez + Crai’. He had an earned run average of 2.49 in 30 games, 173⅔ innings, and had 19 quality starts (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings starting), but only went 6-8.
The problem was the absence of scoring support from the other line. According to baseball statistics site ‘Staties’, Suarez received 4.20 runs last year and ranked 16th out of 21 pitchers who filled the required innings.
In the meantime, I didn’t become a winning pitcher because the batting line didn’t help, but this day was different. Although he received enough scoring support with 8 points, the hunting of relief pitchers got in the way.
Despite a good pitch, Suarez blew away the season’s first win requirement and had to commit to the next appearance. On this day, they couldn’t get out of ‘Sukrai’ and had to be satisfied with the team’s 10-9 victory.