The foreign ace who recovered by allowing five runs and no runs in the previous appearance… “The secret is confidence.”

Hanwha Eagles foreign pitcher Ricardo Sanchez presented his team with the best pitch of the season.

Sanchez started Game 4 of the season against the Kia Tigers of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 3rd and won his second win of the season by allowing three hits, three outs and seven strikeouts in seven innings. It is the first time in 281 days that Sanchez has played more than seven innings in a game since the game against the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes (two runs and one earned run in seven innings) on July 27 last year.스포츠토토

He pitched 105 pitches, the highest number of pitches in a single game in a single game in this season (100 against the Lotte Giants in Daejeon on April 2). By pitch type, fastballs (35), sliders (33), changeups (14), two-seam (13), and curves (10) were in order. The maximum speed of fastballs was 154 km/h.

Sanchez continued his smooth flow from the bottom of the first inning. He sent out the first batter, Park Chan-ho, with a hit, but took a breather due to Kim Sun-bin’s strikeout. Afterwards, he finished the inning with Kim Do-young’s fly ball and Na Sung-bum’s groundout.

With the batter’s box drawing the first run in the top of the second inning, Sanchez was hit by leadoff hitter Lee Woo-sung in the bottom of the second inning. After Socrates struck out, Lee Chang-jin allowed a walk, which caused a crisis of scoring ability. However, with runners at first and second bases with one out, he induced Kim to hit a double play, getting out of the crisis.

The bottom of the third and fourth innings were clean and tidy. Sanchez, who regained stability, ended the inning by disposing of Choi Won-joon, Park Chan-ho, and Kim Sun-bin in the bottom of the third inning, and Kim Do-young, Na Sung-bum, and Lee Woo-sung in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the team leading 3-0, Choi struck out after Kim’s hit ball with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, which met the winning pitcher requirement.

After Kim Sun-bin had a hit with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Sanchez continued cruising with Kim Do-young’s grounder and Na Sung-bum’s strikeout, and achieved quality start plus (more than seven innings and less than three earned runs) by finishing the inning without losing a point in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hanwha Eagles defeated the KIA Tigers 4-2 thanks to Sanchez’s strong pitching.

“I feel very good to be able to contribute to the team’s victory regardless of my good performance,” Sanchez said after the game. “I think the first secret to pitching seven innings was confidence. The team’s situation is not good, but I tried to throw courageously nonetheless. I also tried to throw the same way I always did without making any changes, and I tried to pitch aggressively. I focused all of these things to help the team, which led to good results.”

Sanchez also said, “Whether the opponent is in the top 10 team or the 10th place team, they are throwing the ball with the same mindset. I believe that a situation where a large number of goals can be lost could definitely occur just because we are ranked 10th, so we prepare with the same situation, method, and mindset no matter which team we face.”

Sanchez, who impressed himself with seven wins, eight losses and a 3.79 ERA in 24 games and 126 innings last year, is faithfully performing his role this year as well. “Based on last year’s experience, I think I prepared well both mentally and physically this year. The mental aspect is definitely different from last year,” he said. “I focused on changeups during the offseason, and I am actively using them.”

Sanchez also didn’t forget to mention Choi Won-ho, who became the 57th head coach of the KBO League to win 100 games. “Thank you so much not only for our team but also for trusting foreign players. When I see him, I would like to congratulate him personally,” he said with a smile.

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