In the game against NC held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 3rd, starting pitcher David Buchanan somehow tried to stay on the mound for a long time.
Buchanan got 2 outs in the 7th inning and then handed the mound to Woo Gyu-min. Thanks to the starting pitcher’s longevity, Samsung was able to secure a 6-1 victory with only two relievers, Gyu-min Woo (1.1 innings) and Seung-hwan Oh (1 inning).
Buchanan recently took a short break due to phlegm symptoms. He pitched well against Hanwha on the 22nd of last month, allowing 2 runs (unearned) in 7 innings. On this day, he stayed on the mound, throwing 116 pitches. And he took a break.
Buchanan suffered from minor injuries this season. On June 8, he complained of pain in the back of his right hand and missed one starting mound, and on July 21, he was unable to stand on the mound due to right knee pain right before the home game against KT, where he was scheduled to start.
Buchanan, who returned, fought hard for the team. In the second inning, an error by fellow shortstop Lee Jae-hyeon put leadoff hitter Park Geon-woo on base, and then Oh Young-soo hit a double and Do Tae-hoon hit the body, putting the bases loaded with one out. He scored a run off Kim Joo-won with a sacrifice fly to center field, but lured Seo Ho-cheol with a first-pitch curve and ended the inning with a fly ball to right field.
At this time, Buchanan had a strong desire to protect the mound at all costs. He said, “Because a lot of bullpen pitchers have come out recently, I thought I should take responsibility for the long innings.”
In Samsung’s game against NC on the 2nd, starter Won Tae-in left the mound after 2 innings and 6 bullpen pitchers were brought in. In the previous one-day game, Choi Chae-heung only lasted two innings. Because of this, the bullpen’s fatigue level was high.
In order to make the inning last as long as possible, Buchanan said, “Rather than pitching with all my might, I pitched with the thought of a long inning with fewer pitches, even if it means giving up points.” Thanks to this, he was able to fulfill his role even with 97 pitches.토토사이트
Buchanan, who joined Samsung in 2020 and entered the KBO League, is a veteran foreign pitcher in his fourth year this year. In 2020, he erased the memories of Samsung’s foreign pitcher nightmare by posting 15 wins (7 losses), and in 2021, he ranked first in most wins with 16 wins (5 losses).
Buchanan, who continued his double-digit win streak last year with 11 wins (8 losses), will achieve 10 wins this season with just one more win. As of the 4th, Buchanan has 9 wins, 6 losses, and an average ERA of 2.78 in 24 games.
Recently, something happened that helped Buchanan personally. His twin sisters threw the first pitch and hit before the Daegu NC game on the 2nd. “His family is coming to Korea and they are having a great time,” Buchanan said. These things are of great help to me. “Today was also a great help,” he said.