It was an interesting ‘Korean Derby’.
Texas Rangers starter Dane Dunning allowed one run on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on Wednesday (July 23). He threw 97 pitches with a 3.60 ERA.
The Korean-born pitcher, who was born to a Korean mother, was matched up against Korean-born hitter Bae Ji-hwan. It was an interesting matchup between a Korean pitcher and a Korean hitter.
The result was a draw. In the first inning, Bae took a five-pitch slider on a 1-2 count and hit a double to right field, and in the second inning, Dunning induced a grounder to second base with runners on second and third.
A third showdown in the sixth inning was not to be. In the sixth inning, Bae came up to bat with runners on first and second, but Texas manager Bruce Bochy came out and took the ball away after a brief conversation.
Dunning was not very sharp on the day. He left runners on base in every inning except the third, and had runners in scoring position in every inning except the third and fifth.
Eight of his 19 pitches were hard-hit, 95+ mph pitches, and he had two extra-base hits. The one he allowed to Brian Reynolds in the third inning was caught in the left fielder’s glove, but it was big enough to be a home run in 18 major league parks.스포츠토토
Still, he made a smart play to keep it to one run. The opposition helped him, too. With runners on first and third in the first inning, he got out of the jam with an infield single.
The right-hander, who got the start after Jacob deGrom went down with an injury, has been solid in his four starts in May, going five innings or more and allowing two runs or less in all four.