A rematch in 10 days. Memories of the team’s no-hitter. Can the SSG Landers shake it off?
SSG will face the Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 16th. On the first day of the three-game series, Lotte swept the series 10-6, and SSG was unable to continue its winning streak. Currently in second place, SSG is still six games behind the first-place LG Twins, although they have not been able to close the gap.
Against this backdrop, they will once again face Lotte’s foreign starter, Aaron Wilkerson. Lotte announced Wilkerson as their starting pitcher on the 16th. For SSG,메이저사이트 the pitcher has a nightmarish history. Just 10 days ago, on April 6, SSG suffered a seven-inning no-hitter against Wilkerson in Sajik. In that game, SSG completely failed to capitalize on the first time they faced Wilkerson, failing to get a single hit in seven innings. Shin-Soo Choo drew a walk in the seventh inning. If Shin-Soo Choo hadn’t gotten on base, SSG would have had a “perfect game,” in which no batter reached first base. After Choo Shin-soo led off with a walk, the next batter, Choi Ji-hoon, laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the no-hitter was not broken as the center fielders of Choi Joo-hwan and Choi Jeong failed to produce a hit.
Wilkerson’s struggles continued later in the game. Wilkerson was pulled after seven innings and 95 pitches, and Lotte relievers Koo Seung-min and Kim Won-joong came in for the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The SSG batters were unable to get a hit until the ninth inning and eventually suffered the humiliation of a no-hitter.
This is the third time SSG has ever had a team no-hitter. It was achieved by LG against NC in Jamsil on October 6, 2014, and by SSG against NC in Changwon on April 2 last year. In just one year, SSG has gone from being the No. 2 team in history to the opposite position.
Wilkerson followed up his strong performance against SSG, his third opponent since joining the KBO, with a six-hit shutout in his most recent start against KIA on Nov. 11. Although it was not a ‘no-hitter’, it extended his streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings from the sixth inning of the NC game on the 1st.
SSG manager Kim Won-hyung said, “I got to see Wilkerson again. I’ve seen his last game, and he’s basically a good pitcher. I was very disappointed when we lost the no-hitter, but I’m not thinking too much about it because we have to play the next game right away. I’ve got to make sure I’m going to take advantage of it.”
SSG’s entire batting lineup seems to have come together more recently than when they first faced Wilkerson. Even in their loss on the 15th, the team still managed to score in the ninth inning. Will they be able to take down Wilkerson this time around? It’s a rematch with pride on the line.