The greatest sense of stability since debut… Buchanan bows to Quality Start

I pitched well against NC, but I didn’t get any help from the team’s lineup… Challenge for an ERA in the 2-point range for the first time since debut

Samsung Lions foreign ace David Buchanan (34) bowed again to poor batting support and unstable bullpen.

바카라 Buchanan appeared as a starting pitcher in the away game against NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Changwon NC Park on the 15th.

He turned the NC batting line around with no runs until the 4th inning that day, but the batting line was blocked by NC starter Choi Seong-young and could not score a single run.

Fortunately, Samsung took the lead with Kim Hyun-jun’s timely hit in the top of the 5th inning, but Buchanan, who was immediately in trouble, gave up a sacrifice fly to Kim Joo-won, allowing the score to be tied.

Buchanan went on the mound in the 6th inning, hoping that the batting line would turn things around, but instead he was hit by Kwon Hee-dong.

He completed a quality start (QS, pitching 3 earned runs or less over 6 innings as a starter) by allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings, but Buchanan’s pitching that day ended here.

The score gradually widened due to the struggles of Choi Chae-heung and Choi Ha-neul, who took the mound later, and the NC batting lineup’s last-minute concentration.

In addition, he gave up his fourth career grand slam to NC Kim Joo-won. Kim Joo-won demonstrated his status as a next-generation slugger by achieving double-digit home runs for two consecutive years.

On the contrary, Samsung’s batting line was unable to even make a significant counterattack and ultimately suffered the bitter taste of a 1-8 defeat.

Although he was the losing pitcher, Buchanan’s pitching was dazzling.

He has been reigning as Samsung’s unrivaled ace with 10 wins for four consecutive years until this year, and is challenging the 2-point ERA for the first time since his debut in the KBO League this season. On this day, he ranks 5th overall in the league with 2.65 including games.

Every year, opposing hitters’ attacks become more severe, but Buchanan has surpassed them and has actually improved.

Samsung coach Park Jin-man said in a media interview, “Buchanan has integrated a lot into Korean baseball. He has maintained his body well, and he diligently analyzes the opposing team in his own way to change patterns.”

Attention is being paid to whether Samsung will be able to work with Buchanan next year as well.

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