Adam Plutko is out for nearly a month. Casey Kelly got the win with a vengeance.
The LG Twins won 2-1 against the SSG Landers on April 21 at SSG Landers Field in Incheon. Kelly’s strong performance on the mound was crucial.
The day before, LG’s game against the KT Wiz in Suwon was canceled due to rain. Kim Yun-sik was originally announced as the starting pitcher against KT. Normally, a game canceled due to rain is pushed back to the next day. However, manager Yoon Kyung-yeop kept Kelly, who was scheduled to start against SSG on the 21st. Kim Yun-sik decided to skip one rotation.
Kelly had been pitching like a champ lately. He’s had some quality starts and some games where he’s been blown out by four or more runs. In his last two starts in September, he allowed seven runs in seven innings and four runs in five and a third innings, respectively, especially against SSG. Kelly took a no-hitter into the fifth inning against SSG on Sept. 16, but got into trouble in the sixth and gave up four runs. The team’s bats scored a lot of runs and won 10-4, but at the time of Kelly’s four runs, the team was up 3-0 and had allowed a 3-4 deficit. The LG batting lineup was able to turn it around and narrowly avoid a loss. While the team won, it was a disappointing outing for Kelly. 레고토토
However, he would get his revenge against SSG. Facing SSG for the first time in five days, Kelly started with two runs. Austin Dean’s leadoff home run in the first inning gave him some breathing room. Against SSG, he worked out of some early trouble. He struck out Kim Min-sik with runners on second and third in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Kelly pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out four in six innings.
LG is currently without Plutko, who started the first half of the season, due to injury. Plutko is at least a week away from returning. But if Kelly can get back into “ace” mode, that’s one less thing to worry about. The most experienced and most seasoned pitcher. This is the best news for LG as they look to win the title.