Kiwoom foreign pitcher Ariel Furado, 27, narrowly avoided a two-run ERA in his final start of the first half.
Hurado started a home game against the KT Wiz at the Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts. He left the mound with the score tied 3-3 and did not record a win. He allowed more hits than he has in a single game this season (previously eight), but managed to keep the runs to a minimum.
It was a shaky start. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases in the top of the first. Park Byung-ho led off the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field and was followed by a single by Kang Baek-ho. Jang Sung-woo’s throwing error allowed Kim Min-hyuk to score from third base to make it 0-2. After getting out of the top of the second inning with a single, Rado found himself in trouble again in the top of the third. A leadoff walk to Alford and a subsequent single to left by Park Byung-ho put runners on 1-2 with no outs. But Rado induced Kang Baek-ho to fly out to shortstop to end the inning with his 81st career triple. No. 4 in franchise history.
The only disappointment came in the top of the fifth inning. With the score 3-2, Kim Min-hyuk singled up the middle and Alford followed with an infield hit, especially when Alford’s throw was misplayed by third baseman Song Sung-moon to put runners on second and third. Park Byung-ho tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field. However, he struck out Kang Baek-ho at first and third and got Jang Sung-woo to ground out to third to prevent further damage. Kiwoom head coach Hong Won-ki went straight to his bullpen in the sixth inning. He felt that Furado had reached his limit with 90 pitches (62 strikes). His average pitch count this season is 96.3 pitches per game. 안전놀이터추천
His fastball (29 pitches) topped out at 147 mph on the day. He mixed in a curve (5), changeup (13), two-seam fastball (29), cut fastball (10), and slurve (4). While he struggled, allowing a hit in every inning, he did an excellent job of minimizing runs. After the game, Hurado’s ERA rose slightly from 2.87 to 2.90.