KIA Tigers’ Mario Sanchez started the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 9th and won his debut with one run , five hits, and 10 strikeouts

Before coming to Korea, Sanchez took the mound in 10 games (9 starts) this season with the Taiwanese Professional Baseball (CPBL) Toongi Lions, recording 11 runs (10 earned runs) in 62⅔ innings, 42 strikeouts, and a 1.44 WHIP. 스포츠토토탑

On this day, Sanchez received two appeals from KT manager Lee Kang-chul. In the bottom of the fourth inning, KT appealed to the referees about Sanchez’s double kick, and Choi Soo-won’s third base referee warned Sanchez and Kia manager Kim Jong-kook not to double kick. Since then, Sanchez has pitched without double-kicking moves.

Once again, KT manager Lee Kang-chul appealed to Sanchez’s unique check movement after Kim Sang-soo hit a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on first base. When he started pitching, he bent and bloomed his left knee and made a check fake move before entering the set position. First baseman Kim Sang-soo flinched. Sanchez then twisted to first base and immediately checked. Both the runner and the batter were a little surprised. Next, he threw a check ball straight to first base without a fake move.

Three foreign players in the KT dugout had an in-depth talk about Sanchez’s pitching. Cuevas said about Sanchez’s pitching form, “I’ve learned such a form before,” and Rojas and Benjamin also copied the check scene, saying, “It’s unfamiliar in KBO, but there are many unusual forms overseas.”

Sanchez, who had a unique pitching form for foreign players, threw a total of 88 pitches. Four-seam fastballs (43), sliders + sweaters (20), cutters (12), curves (6), and two-seam fastballs (2 balls) were mixed. The maximum speed was 147 km/h.

Sanchez met with reporters after the game and said, “I feel so good. “I hope I can continue to throw like today,” he said, “I want to give 90 points because I lost one point in today’s game.” However, regardless of my performance, it is okay if the team wins,” he said, expressing his feelings about making his first debut.

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