Hanwha lost 5-7 against the NC Dinos of the “2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 22nd. He lost two consecutive games due to the defeat on this day, and finished three consecutive weekends with a luge series early. On this day, Hanwha aimed for its first win in the second half with foreign pitcher Felix Peña. Peña was an ace in the starting lineup with 7 wins, 5 losses, and a 2.83 ERA in 98⅔ innings in 17 games in the first half. The game that Ace took the mound had a high winning rate, so he had to win.
At the beginning of the game, Peña put the NC lineup to rest with his main weapon changeup. In the top of the second inning, Jason Martin hit a solo shot and Park Kun-woo hit a two-run timely hit in the top of the sixth inning, but he did his part as an ace. His final performance was five hits (1 home run), two walks, seven strikeouts, and three runs (2 earned runs) in six innings. He seemed to set the stage for victory by recording a quality start (less than three earned runs in six innings). Hanwha failed to win despite Peña’s good pitching. Martin hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and third base, leading 5-4, and fell to his knees 5-7.
Hanwha was also defeated 3-9 in the last game (Daejeon NC match on the 21st). In the first game of the second half, foreign pitcher Ricardo Sanchez was sent out, but he failed to win. In particular, Sanchez’s slump was painful. He collapsed with 10 hits (3 home runs) in 5 innings, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 5 runs. In the last two games (including the match against the Daejeon SSG Landers on the 8th), he scored 13 runs (12 earned runs) and showed a different pitch than before. Regarding the sluggishness, Choi said, “I think my habit has been exposed,” adding that there is something to be corrected. Depending on the situation, you may experience long ups and downs.
Hanwha suffered great damage in that it lost all the strongest first and second starters among the starters. In particular, it was even more regrettable in that NC (4th place), which had to be defeated to leap to the top. He finished the first half of the year, leaving the bottom and raising the mood, but he had to chew on the bitter defeat as he started somewhat hard in the second half.