Sanchez to start side-by-side against KIA and Hanwha on Feb. 25
The first time a foreign pitcher with the same registered name has started a game
Two Sanchezes in the KBO will take the mound side by side.
The Kia Tigers and Hanwha Eagles, 토토사이트 who will face off at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on May 25, have named Mario Sanchez (29) and Ricardo Sanchez (26) as their starting pitchers, respectively.
This is the first time that foreign pitchers with the same registered name will start and face off in the same game.
The Sanchezes, who are both from Venezuela, came to the KBO as substitute foreign pitchers.
Ricardo Sanchez came to the KBO first. Hanwha released Butch Smith, who was suffering from shoulder pain, in late April and brought in Ricardo Sanchez.
KIA, which started the season with a foreign pitching staff of Adonis Medina and Shawn Anderson, 스포츠토토 decided to make a change in early July and brought in Mario Sanchez and Thomas Pannoni.
Mario Sanchez’s performance was somewhat disappointing. In seven games, he went 3-2 with a 6.03 ERA.
His KBO debut was a strong one. On July 9, Mario Sanchez pitched 6⅓ innings against the KT Wiz, giving up five hits (one home run) and one run while striking out 10.
However, he has struggled in August. In four games, he is 1-1 with a 7.91 ERA.
In his first start of August, he gave up seven runs on 10 hits (one home run) in four innings against the Samsung Lions. In his last start, on the 19th, he picked up the win at Samsung, but his performance was not as good, allowing five runs on eight hits (one home run) in six innings.
The debut is the only time Mario Sanchez has recorded a quality start (6+ innings and 3 earned runs or less) since joining KIA.
In the midst of a five-way battle for the top spot, KIA is hoping for a rebound from Mario Sanchez. Another foreign pitcher, Pannoni, has been on a roll, and Yang Hyun-jong will return on the 26th after being reconditioned. If Panoni can bounce back, they’ll have a solid 1-3 starters.
Ricardo Sanchez, who made his KBO debut on May 11 against Samsung, has done a good job as a foreign pitcher. In 16 games, he went 6-4 with a 3.63 ERA.
After a strong start to June with four wins in eight appearances, Ricardo Sanchez faltered last month, giving up eight runs (seven earned) in three innings and five runs in five innings against the SSG Landers on July 8 and the NC Dinos on July 21, respectively, but bounced back with seven innings and two runs (one earned) against the Kiwoom Heroes on July 27.
Ricardo Sanchez has been steady in August. Aside from a shaky outing against KT on July 8, where he allowed seven runs (six earned) in five innings, he hasn’t had a major meltdown.
He followed that up with quality starts against the Doosan Bears on the 2nd and 13th, allowing one run in six innings and three runs in six innings, respectively. In his last start, against KT, he gave up four runs in six innings and left without a win.
Ricardo Sanchez will take the mound for Hanwha, who have the privilege of snapping a two-game losing streak. Hanwha lost to KT on the 19th and 20th and to Samsung on the 22nd. With a day off after both games against Samsung on the 23rd and 24th were rained out, 스포츠토토맨 Hanwha will look to rebound against KIA.