(SEOUL) By Kim Kyung-yoon = KT Wiz’s homegrown ace, 31-year-old Ko Young-pyo, is a pitcher who can do the math .He does his job without much ups and downs in every game he pitches, easing KT manager Lee Kang-cheol’s bullpen woes. He has gone at least five innings in 17 of his 19 starts this season (89.5%), and has achieved a quality start (QS-6 innings, 3 earned runs or less) in 16 (84.2%).He’s also posted a Quality Start Plus (QS+) of 7 innings or less 14 times (73.7%). Both are tops in the league .Ko also pitched like a QS master on June 6 against the visiting Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul .He pitched seven innings with six hits, one walk, five strikeouts, and one earned run to lead his team to a 3-1 victory. It was his 10th straight QS and fifth straight QS+ game .KT stuck to its “winning formula” of using starter Young-pyo Ko and reliever Kim Jae-yoon in the eighth and ninth innings to secure the win. After the game, Ko was proud of his QS record .”My goal is to pitch a lot of innings consistently, and I’m happy to continue my QS record today,” he said. “My goal is to get 20 QS and 17 QS+ this year. “In fact, it wasn’t the only record he set in the game .As the winning pitcher, Ko became the first KT pitcher 스포츠토토링크 to win 10 games (5 losses) in three consecutive years and lowered his ERA to 2.44, ranking third in the league in that category. “Wins and ERA are records that come naturally when you pitch well,” he said, “I don’t really care about them.” “Records that help the team, such as many innings pitched and minimum walks, are more important,” he said. “Especially if you give up a lot of walks, it stretches out the game and tires the players. I will continue to throw the ball with more emphasis on records that actually help the team. Ko is, by his own admission, the lowest strikeout pitcher in the league. Prior to this game, he led the league with 0.68 strikeouts per nine innings. Against Doosan, he gave up just one walk in seven innings. “I gave up the (only) walk to Kang Seung-ho in the seventh inning, which was very disappointing,” Ko said. “You don’t want to give up a walk and see the batter walk to first base. If I exaggerate a bit, I hate it more than death,” he laughed.

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