Before the sixth inning was over, the pitcher who gave up the leadoff hit had secured the win. Fazio thanked his teammates for their defense.
LG Adam Plutko earned his seventh win of the season on June 26 against the KIA Tigers at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju. He remained the only undefeated pitcher among those with nine or more starts, and remained second in wins behind NC Eric Peddy (8-1).
10 strikeouts. Gave up a leadoff single to Lee Woo-Sung in the sixth inning, giving KIA a leadoff hit. He only walked one, but his pitch count was high. Even though he didn’t finish the sixth inning, he still threw 107 pitches, the most in a single game this season. He was close to 100 pitches at the end of the fifth inning when he took the mound for the sixth. Plutko’s responsibility was evident.
As the game ended in a 5-3 LG victory, Plutko added to the win column. “It feels good to win,” he said after the game. The KIA hitters made it hard for me by making in-play hits, but I got a lot of help from my defense, which helped me get through the game,” he said, first mentioning his teammates who helped him win.
“Going into the game, I was just thinking about winning. The guys made some good plays on offense and scored runs for us,” he said.
On his chemistry with new starting catcher and MVP candidate Park Dong-won, he said, “He contributes a lot to the team. 메이저놀이터 Park Dong-won and Yoo Kang-nam (who moved to Lotte) are both great players. I think the club must have had a hard time deciding who to choose. Park Dong-won has been doing a great job in both offense and defense, especially in key situations.”
A large number of LG fans showed up at Gwangju KIA Champions Field for the three-game weekend series. Plutko thanked the fans for chanting his name, saying, “I’m happy that we were able to start the three-game weekend series well thanks to their support. We will try to bring the fans a victory tomorrow.” He also showed off his knowledge of Korean culture by saying, “I would like to wish you a happy Buddha’s birthday.”