6 innings of 9K ace-like pitching, manager Lee gives thumbs up

It was an ace-like pitching performance that lived up to his manager’s expectations.

The Doosan Bears won the final game of their midweek three-game series against the NC Dinos of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League 8-4 on June 6 at NC Park in Changwon. The victory secured a series sweep and extended their winning streak to three games.

Starting pitcher Brandon Waddell was the star of the show. The right-hander pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits (one homer) with nine strikeouts and two walks. He gave up a two-run homer to Matt Davidson in the top of the first inning and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, but was able to hold on for the win.

Doosan used a number of pitchers in a back-to-back (four or five days), a situation where the manager didn’t name names, but said many in the bullpen would be rested. Ace Brandon pitched long innings and minimized the bullpen’s usage. In the bullpen, Jung Chul-won (1 inning of scoreless relief), Park Jung-soo (1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief), and Lee Young-ha (⅔ innings of scoreless relief/save) preserved the win.

At the plate, veterans Yang Ji and Kim Jae-hwan were the standout performers. Yang went 3-for-5 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored, while Kim Jae-hwan went 3-for-5 with one home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Seok-hwan Yang also contributed to the win with a 1-for-5 performance with a double and two RBI.

“Brandon did his part with another quality start (six innings of three earned runs or less). His focus was outstanding as he struck out nine batters in a couple of close calls. In a game where the plan was to not use five bullpen arms, Brandon’s long innings took the pressure off the team. I also want to give a thumbs up to Young-ha Lee, who went 1-0 with two saves over the three-game series.”

“In the batting lineup, our veterans continued to set the tone today. In the top of the first inning, we scored three runs on RBI singles by Yang Ji and Seok-hwan Yang to take the pressure off Brandon. In the top of the seventh inning, back-to-back singles were followed by Kim Jae-hwan’s three-run blast. It was a 토토 moment that showed the concentration of the batting lineup. A lot of fans filled the third-base bleachers for the holidays, and it was a great result to sweep the three-game series. We are always grateful to them,” said the team after the win.

Doosan ends a three-game series away from home against NC and moves to Jamsil Stadium. They will play a three-game weekend series against the Kia Tigers. Doosan will start another foreign-born ace in Raul Alcantara (7-1, 2.63 ERA in 39⅔ innings in seven games). Alcantara has been shaky since returning from elbow soreness, allowing eight runs in 8 1/3 innings in two games. He needs to turn things around.

NC, on the other hand, leaves home and travels to Daejeon. They will play a three-game series against the Hanwha Eagles. Daniel Castano (3-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 games and 65⅔ innings pitched this year) is the starter. The team is currently on a four-game losing streak and is 1-9 in their last 10 games, so they are desperate to snap the losing streak.


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