No longer an “ace,” Straley struggled to defend a 6-1 lead.
Lotte Giants foreign pitcher Dan Streeley couldn’t smile after his team won the game. Despite generous scoring support from the bats, he hung his head after a disappointing pitching performance.
Straylor gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings against the LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on Sept. 9.
It was a shaky start. After walking leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki in the first inning, he was immediately followed by a single to Moon Sung-ju. One out later, Austin singled and Oh walked to load the bases.
Park Dong-won was hit by a fielder’s choice and Moon Bo-kyung’s well-placed shot went right into Stratton’s glove to end the inning, but he didn’t show any signs of overpowering the bats.먹튀검증
After getting through the second and third innings without allowing a run, it looked like she had settled down, but Straylor was shaken again in the top of the fourth. The Lotte bats scored two runs in the first, three in the second, and one in the third to take a 6-1 lead, but it was for naught.
After giving up back-to-back singles to Park Hae-min and Shin Min-jae in the top of the fourth inning, Straily gave up a single to Hong Chang-ki at second base. In the top of the fifth, he gave up a leadoff single to Kim Hyun-soo and immediately walked Austin to load the bases with no outs.
The LOTTE bench decided that Stratton could not continue on the mound and replaced him with Lee In-bok. Lee gave up an RBI single to Oh Ji-hwan and scored on Park Dong-won’s infield grounder to extend Straylor’s lead to four runs.
The right-hander topped out at 147 km/h and threw 99 pitches, including a slider, changeup, curveball, and cut fastball, but struggled to get outs as most of his pitches were hit right down the middle of the plate.
Prior to this game, Stratton was 3-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts this season, well below expectations. He had only four quality starts and averaged just over five innings per start. Considering that Lotte’s starting pitching staff is averaging 5⅓ innings per game this year, having a foreign pitcher who is supposed to do more than a domestic player has put a lot of pressure on the bullpen.
In his previous start against the Doosan Bears on April 2, he gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings, but he hadn’t pitched a quality start in six straight games before today’s game.
Lotte’s woes deepened when Straily pitched disappointingly in the final outing of the first half. At this point, it’s hard to see them performing well in the second half after the All-Star break. The 7-4 win left a bad taste in their mouths.