Cho Byung-hyun strikes out 10 batters in a row, ties record

“I threw it with the idea of not hitting the ball off the bat”

SSG Landers’ Cho Byung-hyun (22) struck out 10 batters in a row, tying a KBO League record.

The right-hander pitched 1⅔ innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts and no walks against the Doosan Bears in the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday.

With the bases loaded and the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cho Byung-hyun, who replaced Lee, struck out Cho Sun-hyun and Yang Seok-hwan on wild pitches to end the threat. In the eighth inning, with SSG leading 2-1, he struck out Henry Ramos and Kang Seung-ho on wild pitches and got Kim Ki-yeon to ground out to shortstop for a perfect 1⅔ innings. SSG won 3-1 to complete a two-game sweep and clinch a three-game weekend series.

Cho Byung-hyun gave up a double to Oh Yoon-seok and a walk to Mel Rojas Jr. against KT on Sept. 26, but struck out Jung Jun-young, Jeong Bae-dae, and Kim Sang-soo to get out of the jam. The streak of consecutive strikeouts continued against Doosan on Sept. 29. He struck out leadoff hitter Yang Ji-hyeon on a 10-pitch at-bat, and he also struck out Kim Jae-hwan and Yang Seok-hwan on swinging strikes. Cho Byung-hyun, who had struck out six batters in a row, struck out four more batters in a row to extend his streak to 10 batters.

His 10 consecutive strikeouts tied the all-time record of 10 consecutive batters struck out by Lee Dae-jin (Haetae) on May 14, 1998, against Incheon Hyundai. Unlike Lee, who accomplished the feat in one game as a starting pitcher, Cho Byung-hyun took three games to reach the milestone. Cho Byung-hyun became the first pitcher in 26 years to reach 100 career wins.

In a post-game interview, Cho said, “It feels great to achieve a record I never thought I would. I think it’s even better that the team won. Today, I went on the mound with the bases loaded, so I threw harder with the idea of not letting the ball hit the batter’s bat. It’s good that it worked out,” he said of his record-breaking outing. “When I struck out Cho, I was more focused on the next batter because there was another batter coming up. When I struck out Yang Seok-hwan, I felt really good,” he said of the moment when he prevented a bases-loaded walk.

“I knew I was striking out in a row,” Cho said, “but I didn’t realize it was the all-time record. I was hoping I could strike out the last batter again today 먹튀검증 because I was striking out a lot. But it was nice to get a ground out instead of a hit or a walk to end the inning.”

In 44 games (42⅔ innings) this season, Cho is 3-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 10 starts, striking out 52 batters for a 10.97 strikeouts per nine innings ratio. When asked about his secret to striking out so many batters, Cho said, “The most important thing is to throw with confidence. When I’m not confident, I think the ball hits the bat a lot, so I think I strike out more when I’m confident,” he explained.

“In the second half of the season, I want to be a pitcher who faces the batters and doesn’t run away from the mound with confidence,” said Cho, who is finishing the first half of the season on a high note.

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