“I didn’t get the ball in the beginning, but thanks to Yoo Kang-nam, I passed it well. I’m glad I got better results than I felt.”

Strayley’s expression was bright as he approached the interview.

Strayley led the team to an 8-3 victory with a scoreless pitch in 6⅓ innings against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 14th.

It is the first win of the season unlike Busan’s ‘hairy boy ace’. The slump that was not like him was long. He only pitched 21⅔ innings in 5 games in April. He also had an earned run average of 5.82.

He set up a turning point this week by recording two consecutive quality starts (6 or more starting innings and no more than 3 earned runs). He gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, but struck out (6) at every turn and did not miss the flow.

Strayley, who I met after the game, said, “I produced good results by throwing more strikes than before.” His speed has also risen to a maximum of 147 km, and he is more confident than before. However, during the break due to the cancellation of the rain, I didn’t do any other training or take a break.

“It’s really difficult to throw the ball in the perfect position I want. At the beginning of the season, I missed the target a bit. At that time, the American expression is ‘letting the thread’… I was able to control the ball just right in the position.”

During the game, Strayley was caught refusing Kangnam Yoo’s autograph several times. When asked why, Strayley laughed.

“I’m trying to throw a cutter, but it’s not a pitch I throw often. That’s why, in Yoo Kang-nam’s opinion, it was an option at the back. As I folded each pitch I threw, it probably looked like that on camera. I really communicated a lot with Kang-nam Yoo, there is.”

Although it was an away game in Suwon, many Lotte fans visited the site to fill up the 3rd floor of the away cheering booth. Explosive cheers, shouts, and chants poured in toward Strayley as he came down the mound. It’s a really special moment for Strayley, who spent the first two years of his life in Korea in the era of ‘uninterested’.먹튀검증

Strayley said, “The chanting of the fans is really nice to hear. I was really happy today,” and braced himself, “In order to have that kind of experience, I have to meet the very high expectations I have for myself.”

For three years Strayley did his part, but his team failed baseball every fall. Will this year be different?

“Young players, players recruited as free agents, and existing players are doing well. These days, I really feel that a ‘process’ is going on in our team. I’m happy. Individual success has no meaning. I’m really looking forward to what our team will achieve this year.”

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