Doosan Bears pitcher Kwak Bin (24) shook off his disappointment from the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games with a quality start (six or more innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed).
Kwak started the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League game against the KIA Tigers at Jamsil Stadium on Wednesday and pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine and walking one.
After a scoreless third inning, Kwak gave up the first run of the game in the fourth inning. However, he did not surrender any more runs and minimized the damage. After reaching 94 pitches in the fifth inning, Kwak Bin took the mound in the sixth inning and retired three batters in order.
Speaking to the media after the game, Kwak said, “When I joined the national team, my balance was so good that I thought I had nothing but good things ahead of me, but then I had gallbladder symptoms and lost my balance. I had a bad start to the game today, but the coaches helped me and the batters scored runs, so I felt comfortable throwing, and the result was good.”
It was Kwak Bin’s first start in 25 days since his last appearance against the Gwangju KIA on March 18. He was selected to the Asian Games baseball team and won a gold medal, but was unable to pitch a single game due to gallbladder symptoms.
Kwak said of his condition, “I’m not 100 percent. I still feel a little bit of it. “It’s my own fault for not taking care of myself. It’s my fault for not taking care of myself,” he said, adding, “I’ll have to continue to work hard to make my body healthier.
Doosan defeated KIA 3-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Kwak Bin. With the win, fifth-ranked Doosan extended its lead over sixth-ranked KIA to three games and moved within striking distance of a postseason berth. They only need one win in their remaining four games to earn an invitation to fall baseball.안전놀이터
“Whether our team’s ranking will go up or down depends on the outcome of every game, and I’ve been hearing bad things for the past few days,” Kwak said. “That’s why I had a strong feeling of ‘I want to show’ in this game.”
Kwok Bin also apologized to his Asian Games teammates. “I felt sorry for my teammates because it was so hard. I felt uncomfortable because I was sick. My teammates gave me a lot of encouragement to be okay,” he said, adding, “If I am selected for the next national team, I want to show them what I can do.”
Kwak ended the regular season with a career-high record. In 23 games, he pitched 127 1/3 innings and finished with a 12-7 record and a 2.90 ERA.
“This season was better than last year, but it’s still not good enough,” Kwak said. It was a lucky year for me.”