Ian McKinney (28, Kiwoom Heroes) suffered his second loss of the season as the offense went cold despite a solid outing.토스카지노
McKinney gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 KBO League regular season opener at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Sunday. It was his second consecutive quality start (six or more innings pitched and no more than three earned runs allowed) after earning his first win of the season with six scoreless innings against the SSG Landers on the previous day. His fastball reached 145 km/h and his ERA increased slightly from 1.80 to 2.25.
Despite his strong start, he was on the verge of his second loss of the season. He had previously suffered his first loss of the season in his KBO debut on June 25, when he allowed two runs in four innings against Doosan, but he didn’t get any support from his bats on this day. He left the mound with the loss instead of a win in the seventh inning, trailing 0-2.
McKinney was sporadic on the day, but his command was solid. He allowed two hits in the first inning. McKinney gave up the first hit to Kim Jae-ho in the top of the first inning. Two batters later, he battled Yang Ji-Won for a fastball that landed in left-center field, putting runners on second and third, but he got Jose Rojas to fly out to center field to end the first inning. The second inning was another long one. Two batters later, he gave up a double to left-center field to Jang Seung-hyun, the No. 8 hitter in the order, but struck out the next batter, Park Kye-beom, on just one pitch to preserve the no-hitter.
He gave up a run in the third inning. However, the damage was minimal. McKinney allowed four batters to reach base, including leadoff hitter Jung Soo-bin’s infield single, walks to Kim Jae-ho and Yang Yang-ji, and a double by Rojas. However, McKinney was able to get Jung Soo-bin to ground into a double play and retired the next batter, Kang Seung-ho, on a fly ball to center field after giving up a single to Rojas. After a bases-loaded walk, what could have been a big inning ended with just one run.
After retiring the side in order in the fourth, McKinney allowed another run in the fifth. It was not to be. After giving up a leadoff walk to Jung Soo-bin, McKinney had runners at second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Kim Jae-ho and a fly ball to center field by Yang Suk-hwan. It was a situation that could have been avoided with a hit. However, McKinney himself made a mistake throwing a curveball to Yang, allowing Jeong Soo-bin to score from third base for the second run.
Still, he was able to get through the inning thanks to his aggressive pitching. After throwing 85 pitches through five innings, McKinney returned to the mound in the sixth and worked a three-pitch walk to end the inning. He gave up a home run to leadoff hitter Rojas, but the ball sailed over the top of the right-field fence to avoid a run, then grounded into a double play.
Despite a strong outing, he left the game with the loss instead of the win. The Keum offense was unable to score in the top of the seventh, and McKinney eventually turned the mound over to Ha to close out the seventh inning, trailing 0-2.