The KIA Tigers starting lineup, which had suffered from bad luck, had another problem. Foreign pitcher Thomas Panoni, who formed a ‘one-two punch’ with ace Yang Hyun-jong, is suddenly shaking.
Panoni started the home game against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 KBO League held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 17th, but performed poorly, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned runs) in 5 innings. KIA lost 3-8 and suffered a 4-game losing streak, and Panoni also became the losing pitcher.메이저놀이터
Panoni often allowed false hits. In the top of the second inning, the team was blocked without a hit until 2 outs, but Kang Seung-ho, who has the best batting feel in the recent Doosan batting lineup, hit a left-handed home run in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning, he allowed a timely hit to Yang Seok-hwan with 1 out and 1st and 2nd bases. In the previous situation, third baseman Byun Woo-hyuk made an error by not catching Kim Jae-ho’s batted ball, but since it was strictly a batted ball, there were no hits or anything else.
Panoni gave up 3 more runs in the top of the 5th inning by allowing Seok-Hwan Yang to hit a left-field home run to Jun-Young Park and a long hit to Yang Seok-Hwan that hit the left-center wall with one out and runners on first and second base. Although there were no four outs, the number of hits increased rapidly.
Panoni also gave up 7 runs in 5 1/3 innings in his previous appearance against the Daegu Samsung Lions on the 12th. He had one home run and walked three. Panoni, who re-entered the KBO League as a substitute player after last year, made his comeback against Samsung in Gwangju on July 12th and showed a good pace with a total of 4 wins and 1 loss and an ERA of 2.81 in 9 games until the Doosan Jamsil game on September 6th. showed it He was solid, as if he was angry about failing to renew his contract last season.
The last two games were difficult. It also collapsed against a batting line that had pitched well previously. For Samsung, Panoni took the mound in his return game to the KBO League and allowed 2 runs in 4 innings, and against Doosan, the team had allowed 6 scoreless innings just 10 days ago. At the time, he led the team to a 7-1 victory and became the winning pitcher.
As he is a pitcher whose skills have been proven, his sudden lack of success can only be seen as a decline in his stamina. However, KIA is currently in a situation where Lee Ui-ri and other foreign pitcher Mario Sanchez are out due to poor condition and injury, making it difficult to give Panoni a break.
Sanchez, who left the team due to an elbow injury, recently completed rehabilitation pitching. The return match is scheduled to take place on the 21st. Lee Ui-ri also appears once before the national team schedule for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Just when the starting lineup was at peak strength, an unexpected variable arose. Panoni’s slump is painful ahead of the fourth week of September, which requires games to be played on Monday.