N.C. Tanner once again showed the short-term limitations of a fastball pitcher. He couldn’t protect a three-run lead in the first inning.
Tanner was removed from the game against SSG Landers in the third round of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League postseason semifinals at Changwon NC Park on Friday after giving up five runs on five hits (one home run) and three walks in two innings.
It was Tanner’s second postseason start. He started Game 1 of the wild-card decider against Doosan on April 19, but struggled, allowing five runs on seven hits (one home run) in four innings with three walks and no strikeouts.
Before the game, manager Kang Myung-ho said, “In the first game of the wild card deciding game, I think I got hit a lot with my slider to catch the count. I also saw a lot of panic, so I talked about that with Coach Battery.” “I asked him to avoid using his slider too easily and to use 100% of his strength from the first inning. He is a very stable player, so I think he will be able to show us another good pitch,” he said.
But he was in trouble in the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Shin-Soo Choo. Heredia then induced Choi to fly out to left field for the second out. However, two batters later, he allowed Han Yoo-seom, the hero of the second game’s multi-hit game, to fly out to right field again, putting runners on second and third. However, he got out of the jam by getting Ha Jae-hoon to fly out to shortstop with just one pitch.
The Tigers almost had a triple in the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and second. With the bases loaded and two outs, Martin singled to right and stole second, then Kwon Hee-dong doubled to right and Seo Ho-chul doubled to left-center to score three runs. It gave Tanner three runs.
However, Tanner induced leadoff hitter Park Sung-ho to ground out to shortstop and then gave up back-to-back singles to Kim Min-hyun and Oh Tae-gon to put runners on first and second. Kim got out of the jam with a strikeout, but gave up a walk to Choo Shin-soo to load the bases.먹튀검증
After a three-pitch at-bat to Heredia, he gave up a push single. With the bases loaded, Choi was finally rewarded with a grand slam. It was a 141-kilometer fastball in the middle of the plate on a one-pitch count. A 3-0 lead turned into a 3-5 deficit. The momentum shifted back in SSG’s favor when Hanyusum struck out the next batter.
They added four runs in the bottom of the inning, including a three-run homer by Martin. The score was 7-5. However, in the third inning, they gave up another walk to the leadoff batter, Ha Jae-hoon. They were unable to regain the lead and fell behind early.