No hit until 7th inning, KBO history was almost written… A word from a Dominican fireballer “I’m not sorry” Why?
“I am not sorry at all. I didn’t care because I threw it in the middle to catch the strike.”
Hanwha Eagles Felix Pena started on the 10th in the 4th game of the season against the Samsung Lions of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO 스포츠토토League held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon.
On this day, Pena showed an unbelievable perfect pitch and made the eyes of 5,865 fans who visited Eagles Park happy. He showed perfect good pitching until the 3rd inning, and continued pitching no hits until the 7th inning with 1 out, building up expectations for a no-hit no-run.
The no-hit, no-run is a record that has only occurred 14 times in KBO history. The last one also goes back to April 2019. It’s such a difficult record to make.
However, in the 7th inning with 1 out, Pena hit a solo home run by Kang Min-ho, breaking the no-hitter record. However, Pena did not care and turned Oh Jae-il and Kim Tae-gun, who came out afterwards, into Beomta.
On this day, Pena had a good fight with 1 hit, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings. This is the first time Pena has played more than 7 innings since coming to the KBO League.
“It was a very good match,” Pena said. He continued, “I liked the part where I threw a lot of strikes, especially the first pitch strike. He was also good at striking with his slider and changeup.”
As a player, you always have a dream of a no-hit, no-run. Pena could also be greedy for a big record as the innings continued.
However, Pena said, “I missed a no-hit, but I don’t regret it at all. He was thrown in the middle to catch a strike. He didn’t care,” he laughed.
Also on this day, Yasujin’s lake rain came out several times. He lightened Pena’s shoulders.
In the 3rd inning, Kim Ji-chan’s hit hit was neatly caught by Moon Hyun-bin. Oh Seon-jin neatly jumped and caught Lee Seong-gyu’s ambiguous batted ball and lightened Pena’s shoulders.
“His teammates are always trying to help me,” said Peña. It’s okay to make mistakes because it’s not something you can control. I usually get a lot of help from the defense,” he said.