Yang Hyun-jong (35, KIA), the left-hander ace of the Tigers, rewrote professional baseball history.
Yang Hyun-jong started the away game against SSG in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 1st and pitched 7 innings with 3 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk without allowing any runs. Yang Hyun-jong, who crossed the mound in the 8th inning with a 6-0 lead, became the winning pitcher as his team won 10-2.
He achieved 164 wins, the most as a starter in history. Yang Hyun-jong surpassed Song Jin-woo (163 wins), who previously had the most wins as a starter, and took sole place in first place.
Yang Hyun-jong won all but two of his 166 career wins as a starter. Song Jin-woo has the most wins of all time (210), with 47 in relief.
On this day, Yang Hyun-jong pitched 7 innings with 98 balls. He gave up an infield hit to Choi Ji-hoon and a left-field hit to Guillermo Heredia, but did not give up any runs. Yang Hyun-jong is recording his 7th win (7 losses) this season and an average ERA of 4.06.
KIA’s batting line also helped the ace with 14 hits, including three home runs. KIA, who took the lead in the top of the third inning with Park Chan-ho’s hit and stolen base and Kim Do-young’s RBI double, ran away with a 2-0 lead thanks to Na Seong-beom’s timely hit.안전놀이터
In the 4th inning, leadoff hitter Socrates Brito’s 1-run home run and Park Chan-ho’s 2-run home run with 2 outs and runners on first base secured the win. Na Seong-beom had 3 hits and 5 RBIs in 4 at-bats, while table setters Park Chan-ho and Kim Do-young both contributed with 3 hits and 3 runs.
KIA, which recently had 6 consecutive wins, is working to solidify 5th place. They were ahead by 2 games over 6th place Doosan, which had lost 3 times in a row.