He served as a substitute starter and confirmed the team’s advancement to the postseason. He also won the starting position after 726 days.
Jo Yi-hyun (KT Wiz) started the mound in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against the KIA Tigers held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 5th and ended the season by allowing 2 runs (2 earned runs), 3 hits (1 home run), and striking out 3 in 5 innings. Got 2 wins (1 loss).
Jo Yi-hyeon, who started the game with a three-way throw in the top of the first inning, got the first hit of the game from Lee Woo-sung after one out in the top of the second inning, but led Lee Chang-jin to hit a ground ball to shortstop and ended the inning with a double play.스포츠토토
Jo Hyun scored his first run in the top of the third inning. He hit a double to Kim Kyu-seong with two outs and then allowed a two-run home run to Kim Do-young. But it didn’t waver after that. He caught Ko Jong-wook with a fly ball to center field. He then blocked both the 4th and 5th innings with a three-way strike.
KT’s batting line turned the game around by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, and in the bottom of the 4th inning, Kim Sang-soo hit a 1-run home run to widen the score gap. Jo Yi-hyeon came off the mound having met the requirements for a winning pitcher. Lee Sang-dong, who came on the mound in the top of the sixth inning, allowed one run, but the lead was maintained until the end.
KT won the final game against KIA and confirmed its advancement to the postseason.
Jo Yi-hyeon recorded his first win as a starter in 726 days. It was his first win as a starter since the game against Incheon Lotte Giants on October 9, 2021, when he was playing for SSG Landers.
On the afternoon of October 5, 2023, a match between KIA Tigers and KT Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ was held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do. KT starting pitcher Cho Yi-hyeon is pitching 5 innings and allowing 2 runs.
After the game, Jo Yi-hyun said, “It’s been a long time since I won as a starter, but I don’t want to dwell on individual wins or losses. I feel good that the team was able to win.” He added, “Today, Jang Seong-woo said, ‘Even if you get a hit, encourage the batter to hit the bat.’ He said, “I think trying to quickly compete with the batter led to good results.”
Although Cho Yi-hyeon was an ‘alternative starter’, he cited his experience in the Futures League as one of the reasons he was able to achieve good results. He said, “I have consistently started as a starter for Futures this season, but the results have not been good. Nevertheless, I think (my pitches) have improved because manager Kim Ki-tae and the coaches have allowed me to play consistently.”
KT is scheduled to face the Samsung Lions on the 6th and a two-game series against the Hanwha Eagles on the 7th and 8th. After a one-day break on the 9th, the final game of the regular season awaits against the Doosan Bears on the 10th. All four games are home games.
Jo Yi-hyun said, “There are only a few games left this season, and I want to keep throwing the ball from the mound until the end without getting sick.”