Another 7 runs lost in 2 weeks + a complete loss to a Japanese ghost fork, AZ’s fall is in jeopardy.

Merrill Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks), the representative player in the KBO League’s reverse export legend, collapsed after giving up 7 runs again in two weeks.

Kelly started in the 2023 Major League away game against the New York Mets held at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, USA on the 15th (Korean time) and allowed 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 7 strikeouts, and 7 runs in 5 innings, losing his 7th loss of the season ( 11th win)

The start was smooth. After striking out Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor table setters in the first inning, he caught Pete Alonso with a foul fly thanks to left fielder Tommy Pham’s jumping catch in front of the fence. The second inning, where DJ Stewart, Jeff McNeil, and Francisco Alvarez met, was also an 11-pitch three-way strike with one strikeout. 토토사이트

Kelly gave up his first run in the third inning when the score was 0-0. His control of the ball suddenly fluctuated, and he walked three batters in a row, starting with leader Daniel Vogelbeck, Mark Vientos, and Rafael Ortega. 

Afterwards, he met Nemo, who appeared with bases loaded and no outs, and hit a two-run first double. However, the continued no outs on 2nd and 3rd bases were overcome by consecutive infield groundouts to Lindor, Alonso, and Stewart.

Kelly, who blocked a runner with two outs and a runner on base in the fourth inning, experienced a nightmare in the fifth inning when he was down 0-2.

 After one out, Nemo’s hit and Lindor’s walk put him on first and second base, and he gave back-to-back timely hits to Alonso (double) and Stewart, and then met McNeil at second base with one out and a wedge two-run gun.

 The result was an 89.3 mile (143 km) four-seam fastball on the second pitch that was driven to the center after a foul on the first pitch. 

Afterwards, he struck out Alvarez and Vogelback in succession, but he had already given up 7 runs.

Kelly ended the game on a bitter note as he was replaced by Joe Mantipli in the 6th inning when the team was down 0-7. 

The number of pitches was 98, and the average ERA soared from 3.16 to 3.45. After allowing 7 runs in 5 innings against the LA Dodgers on August 30, he allowed 7 runs in one game again in about two weeks, failing to help the team’s fight for the wild card ranking.

Kelly was in charge of a one-two punch for the SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers) in the KBO League from 2015 to 2018. 

He left with a total of 119 games over 4 seasons, including 16 wins in 2017, 48 wins, 32 losses, and an average ERA of 3.86.

Thanks to this, he signed a 2+2 year contract with Arizona in the 2019 season and achieved his dream of becoming a big leaguer. In May of last year, a two-year contract extension was reached for a total of $18 million.

Meanwhile, Arizona suffered a 1-11 loss to the Mets and fell into a swamp of three consecutive losses. With a record of 76 wins and 72 losses on the season, they fell into a tie for third place in the National League wild card along with the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds. At a time when victory was desperately needed, they suffered consecutive losses, putting a red flag on their ability to advance to the postseason.

Japanese pitcher Senga Kodai, who started for the Mets, earned his 11th win (7 losses) of the season with a pitching pitch of 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, striking out 10, and allowing no runs. Using his patented ghost fork, he kept Arizona’s batting line scoreless.

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