A veteran’s willing dedication to the team, Doosan Jang Won-jun becomes the 9th person in history to reach 2,000 innings


 It was a struggle. The performance wasn’t as good as previous years, but we persevered. It was a fighting spirit that took into account the record and the situation the team was facing. Doosan Jang Won-jun (38) achieved 2,000 innings in his personal career.

Wonjun Jang started the final game of the regular season against SSG held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 17th and played 4.1 innings. Before today’s game, he had played 1995.2 innings, completing exactly 2000 innings.

He appeared in 258 games and pitched 1326 innings for Lotte. Since changing his uniform to Doosan in 2015, he has been on the mound 188 times and played 674 innings.

This record was achieved 19 years and 6 months after setting the record for his first professional appearance with 1.2 scoreless innings against Samsung in Daegu on April 4, 2004. He threw a lot steadily and silently.

The expression wasn’t very bright. That’s because the content of the pitch was bad. He gave up 7 hits (2 home runs) and 5 runs, including giving up a home run to the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th innings. The balance was bad. Jang Won-Jun is the type who throws with a soft pitching form, so he considers pitching balance important. On this day, his arm wasn’t working well.

It is a record that would have been strong if the ranking had not been confirmed, but considering the team’s situation, which has to play the wild card game starting on the 19th, he looks more deeply disappointed that he was not able to play longer innings. Although he celebrated reaching 2,000 innings with a warm hug from his teammates, Jang Won-jun’s expression was not bright.

Jang Won-jun, who prepared for the season saying, “I am happy just because there is no pain when I throw,” achieved his 130th career win in the Jamsil game against Samsung on May 23 (5 innings, 4 runs). Since it was our first victory in five years since 2018, “I thought we would never be able to add more wins again.”토토사이트

“I have reached the 130-win mark and there is no time left,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know how long I’ll pitch, but I want to be remembered as a pitcher with a comfortable mind who can be of some help to the team.”

The bullpen is exhausted, and they have to win the first game of the wild card game with a mound offensive to hope for the next game. Initially, Choi Seung-yong was scheduled to start as a starter, but because the rankings were confirmed, he was put on the mound as a substitute starter.

It was a pitch that could have left him feeling weak or self-destructive, but Jang Won-jun gritted his teeth and threw. As if today’s pitch was my last. 

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