LG starter Adam Plutko remained unbeaten. In his 10th appearance, he went down with the win requirement.
Plutko started against the Kia Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Saturday and allowed one 메이저놀이터 run on 10 hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 5⅔ innings. He was removed from the game with a 4-1 lead and at least avoided a loss. Seven wins remain.
It’s his 10th straight win. Plutko is the only one of 33 pitchers with eight or more starts through Aug. 25 without a loss. At 6-0, he was second in wins behind NC’s Eric Peddy (7-1 in nine games) and fifth in ERA at 2.15. His unbeaten streak continued until his 10th appearance against KIA on the 26th. LG took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning behind a strong start from Plutko and a three-hit performance from Austin Dean, including a home run.
They had runners on base in every inning from the first through the fifth, but only one scored. With a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Kim gave up a single to left to Kim Sun-bin and a double to Shin Bum-soo two batters later, but Lee struck out Woo-sung Lee.
In the fourth inning, Kim gave up a double to Kim Sun-bin and a single to Ko Jong-wook to put runners on first and third. He got Byun Woo-hyuk to fly out and Shin Beom-soo to pop out to center field to end the inning.
In the fifth inning, they got on the board. In the first inning, Ryu gave up a double to right field. Two batters later, Socrates Brito singled to right. Choi Hyung-woo also singled, but Kim struck out Kim Sun-bin on a full-count, eight-pitch at-bat to end the threat.
After throwing 96 pitches in the fifth inning, he took the mound in the sixth. He gave up a single to Byun Woo-hyuk that hit off the third baseman’s glove, but got Shin Beom-soo to fly out to right field. He then gave up a single to left to Lee Woo-seong to complete the KIA lineup.
From there, the LG bench brought in their second pitcher, Ham Deok-ju. Plutko threw 107 pitches, his most in a single game this season. Ham struck out Ryu Ji-hyuk to end the sixth inning.