NC, a batting lineup on fire for victory in the first game of the playoffs … Pedi beat KT 9-5
, struck out 12 POs, a new record,
wild card to ‘5 consecutive wins’,
probability of advancing to the Korean Series 78.1%
NC Dinos, a professional baseball team led by the returning ‘super ace’ Eric Peddy (30), took the first game of the playoffs (PO, 3 wins out of 5 games) swinging the bat. In the past 32 POs that were played with 3 wins out of 5, the team that won the first game advanced to the Korean Series (KS, 4 wins out of 7) 25 times (78.1%).
NC won 9-5 thanks to a good pitch by Peddie, who started as a starter in the 2023 KBO PO 1st game KT Wiz away game held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 30th, allowing 3 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 1 run (1 earned run) in 6 innings. did. NC had a 5-game winning streak in the postseason from the wild card game to today’s game.
Peddie started 30 regular league games this season, recording 20 wins (6 losses), 209 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.00, leading NC to advance into fall baseball. However, in the last game of the regular season, he was unable to get on the mound until semi-PO due to a bruise on his right arm after being hit by a batted ball, and was selected as a starter that day.
Peddie caught Kim Sang-soo and Hwang Jae-gyun with ground balls in succession in the first inning and struck out Alford, the third batter. After striking out Park Byeong-ho and Jang Seong-woo in the second inning, Peddie caught Cho Yong-ho with a grounder. He gave up a solo home run to leadoff hitter Moon Sang-cheol in the third inning, but brought down all subsequent batters at the plate.
Peddy, who blocked the 4th inning with a three-way error, struck out leadoff hitter Cho Yong-ho in the 5th inning and showed discomfort at the unclear ball decision, but completed his first postseason start in the KBO League without any major crisis until the 6th inning. Peddie, who struck out 12 through the 6th inning, broke the record for the most strikeouts by a starting pitcher in a single PO game (previously 11).
On the other hand, William Cuevas (33), the ‘undefeated ace’ of the regular season who was selected by KT as a starter, was unable to stop NC’s heated batting lineup. Cuevas, whom KT urgently recruited in the middle of the season, led the team to second place in the regular league with 114.1 innings in 18 pennant race games, an ERA of 2.60, and 12 wins and no losses. However, on this day, he was battered with 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 7 runs (4 earned runs) in 3 innings, and suffered a loss.
NC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with Martin’s sacrifice fly, and ran away with a 2-0 lead in the second inning with Oh Young-soo’s solo home run. In the third inning, KT third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun’s error, Park Geon-woo’s double, and Kwon Hee-dong’s timely hit made it 4-0. Then, in the 4th inning, when leadoff hitter Kim Hyeong-jun walked and Kim Joo-won’s bunt was defended, Cuevas’ throwing error and wild pitch gave him a chance to get to second and third base with no outs. As Son Ah-seop made it 5-1 with a timely hit, Cuevas handed the mound to Eom Sang-baek. Eom Sang-baek gave up a walk and a sacrifice fly and was replaced by Lee Sang-dong, and NC Kwon Hee-dong put a wedge in the 8-1 game with 2 RBIs and a timely triple.스포츠토토
However, KT also fought to the end with Bae Jeong-dae hitting a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, but there were not enough opportunities left.
NC’s Shin Min-hyuk and KT’s Wes Benjamin were announced as starters for the second game to be held at the same location on the 31st.