“It will be decided soon” In the crisis of exit, ‘the first 7 innings of debut’ life struggle… Will fate change?
“Please wait. It will be decided sooner or later.”
Will it be the day that changed the fate of Taylor Widener (NC Dinos)? The best struggle for life this year came out of the crisis.안전놀이터
Widener started against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 3rd and pitched well with 4 hits and 1 run through the 7th inning. He dominated the Lotte batting line by striking out 8 times. The number of pitches was also excellent with 94. He led the team to an 8-1 victory.
He was literally on the brink of expulsion. Even before the season, he was noticed as a major leaguer who played three seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, he left with a herniated disc before the exhibition game and belatedly joined the first team at the end of May.
His jagged pitching continued after his KBO League debut. In his debut match against Doosan Bears on May 30th (6 scoreless innings), he pitched well, but in the very next game, against Samsung Lions on June 6th, he was beaten with 9 runs in 4⅔ innings.
After that, he continued pitching fondant fondant. The problem is his pitching form, which is out of balance after a back injury. Before the game on this day, his performance this season was 3 wins and 2 losses in 10 games, 54⅔ innings, and an ERA of 4.94. NC coach Kang In-kwon himself admitted, “One game was good, but the next was uneasy. It fell short of expectations.”
The ‘replaced’ foreign pitcher must be registered by August 15 to pitch in the postseason. In the pre-game briefing, a question about Widener’s future was asked.
Director Kang carefully replied, “A decision will be made soon. It is difficult to say anything more.” In other words, this match was a test for Widener, a stage where ‘patience’ and ‘determination’ were separated.
Widener ended episodes 1 and 2 with a lightly three-way attack. Even in the 3rd inning, he only allowed a hit to Jung Bo-geun, but he passed it without difficulty, thinning out 2 strikeouts.
Episode 4 was the only crisis. After one shot, he allowed a double that was missed by Gu Drum, and gave the lead with Jeon Jun-woo’s heavy hit at the right time. Then Park Seung-wook’s double hit. However, he struck out Noh Jin-hyeok and finished the inning without any additional runs.
After that, the 5th to 7th episodes were all three counts. In the 6th inning, Kim Min-seok, Gudrum, and Jeong-hoon, who have a good sense of hitting these days, were struck out one after another. It was an intense counter-battle that resulted in 3-way offenses 5 times out of 7 innings.
Widener, who we met after the game, smiled brightly, saying, “I went back and forth on good days and bad days, but today I am glad that it went smoothly.
He continued, “My physical condition has improved, and thanks to pitching coach Kim Soo-kyung and trainers, various improvements seem to have brought good results as well. Thank you for taking this opportunity.”
Is it to wash away the troubles of the past? On this day, Widener was neatly shaved off his beard. To this, he replied with a smile, “It’s too hot.”
What decision will NC make? Did Widener’s struggle for life change the thoughts of NC general manager Lim Seon-nam, or did it serve as an opportunity to solidify it?