Connor scored 5, Reyes 3. We miss Buchanan… Won Tae-in consoled him

Four innings of no runs on 147 and 41.

The new foreign pitchers who were supposed to lead the Samsung Lions to victory had a shaky start in their first exhibition game, but luckily, Korean ace Won Tae-in comforted fans with his steady pitching.

Conor Seabold, Denny Reyes, and Tae-in Won were Samsung’s first, second, and third starters in the exhibition games against the LG Twins at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 11th and 12th.

Conner started on the 11th, Reyes started on the 12th, and Won Tae-in pitched in the middle on the 12th.

Connor threw 70 pitches, allowing four hits (one home run), two walks, two wild pitches, and five runs in 4 1/3 innings. His fastball topped out at 150 mph, and he added a slider, cutter, changeup, and curveball to his arsenal.

In the first inning, he gave up a walk and a single to Kim Hyun-soo with runners on first and second with nobody out, and in the top of the fourth, he gave up a walk to Kim Hyun-soo and a 146-kilometer fastball to Oh Ji-hwan that sailed up the middle for a two-run double. Two batters later, Park Dong-won doubled to right-center and Moon Sung-joo singled to score another run. In the top of the fifth, Park Hae-min drew a leadoff walk and allowed Choi Won-young to steal second, and then substitute pitcher Hong Won-pyo gave up a sacrifice fly to score another run. Despite the four hits and four walks, Park Jin-man’s fastball was rated at 150 mph with good command, and the walks were not significant as he was testing a newly honed sweeper.

Reyes pitched well in the early going, but getting hit by a big one at one point exposed his insecurities. In 4⅔ innings with 69 pitches, he allowed three runs on three hits (two homers) with one walk and four strikeouts.

He threw a fastball that topped out at 150 mph, a slider, a changeup, a two-seam, a forkball, and a cutter.

He didn’t allow a hit until the third inning and only walked one. He looked cool as he quickly retired the batters he faced, but in the fourth inning, two home runs came at once.

In the top of the fourth, Hong Chang-gie led off with a double to center field and was immediately followed by a two-run shot to right-center field by Kim Hyun-soo. Two pitches later, a low changeup at 1B was hit. He then gave up back-to-back homers to Austin. The third pitch from 2B was a 135-kilometer cutter to center for a home run, but that didn’t faze him as he retired the next five batters.

On Feb. 27, he gave up two home runs to Han Dong-hee in an exhibition game against Lotte in Okinawa, which raised concerns about his long ball.

Won Tae-in comforted Samsung fans with his steady pitching for two days. Won Tae-in came in as the third pitcher in the top of the sixth inning against LG Electronics on 토토사이트 Wednesday and pitched four innings until the ninth, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out four.

He got off to a shaky start in the top of the sixth inning when he gave up a leadoff double to Kim Hyun-soo, but retired the next two batters to end the threat. In the top of the seventh, he gave up a single to Koo Bon-hyeok, but got Park Hae-min to fly out to left field, and in the top of the eighth, he got out of a bases-loaded jam before giving up a double to Kim Sung-woo with two outs in the ninth, but got Choi Won-young to ground out to third base to end the game.

Throwing a fastball that topped out at 147 mph, a changeup, slider, cutter, and curveball, he needed just 41 pitches to get through four innings, which means he was able to get hitters to take advantage of his pitches. Of those 41 pitches, 31 were strikes, making him an aggressive pitcher.


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