The combined Doosan and Samsung team participating in the Japanese Educational League suffered a complete loss to a 20-year-old Japanese pitcher. 

The Doosan-Samsung joint team lost 1-6 in the game against Yokohama DeNA Baystars held at Sun Marine Stadium in Miyazaki, Japan on the 26th. 

The combined team’s starting lineup included Park Ji-hoon (shortstop), Kim Min-hyuk (third baseman), Yang Chan-yeol (designated hitter), Hong Seong-ho (left fielder), Song Seung-hwan (center fielder), Kim Moon-soo (left fielder), Lim Seo-jun (second baseman), Yoon Jeong-bin (right fielder), and Yoon Jun-ho (catcher). 

Yokohama’s second-year pitcher Kenta Kozono (20) threw 106 pitches in 9 innings, allowing 7 hits, 7 strikeouts, and 1 run (earned). Kozono is a promising right-handed pitcher who joined Softbank last year, and in his first year, he appeared in three games in the second team and recorded an ERA of 0. 

He performed impressively with 4 games, 1 win, and an ERA of 2.45, including pitching 5 scoreless innings against the Yomiuri Giants in this year’s exhibition game. He only played in the second team this year, starting 16 games and recording 2 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 4.21. 

The Union team’s first inning attack ended with a three-way strike, and with one out in the second inning, Song Seung-hwan reached base with a hit to right, but Kim Moon-soo struck out with a fly ball to center field and Lim Seo-jun struck out with a missed swing. 

After another three-and-out strike in the third inning and two outs in the fourth, Hong Seong-ho reached base with a hit to right, but the inning ended with Song Seung-hwan’s fly ball to right field. 

The 5th episode ended in a three-way defeat again. In the 6th inning, Yoon Jun-ho and Park Ji-hoon struck out in succession, and Kim Min-hyuk reached base due to an error by the third baseman. Yang Chan-yeol hit a single to the left field, leading to a chance for first and third base, and Hong Seong-ho hit a timely hit to the right field to make up for one point. 

In the 7th inning, leadoff hitter Oh Hyun-seok reached base with a single, but Lim Seo-jun struck out and Yoon Jeong-bin retired with a foul fly to first base. Jun-ho Yoon’s inning ended with a ground ball to second base. 

After two outs in the ninth inning, Oh Hyun-seok and Lim Seo-jun hit consecutive hits to create a chance, but the game ended with Yoon Jeong-bin’s fly ball out to left field. 

Kim Min-gyu, who took the mound as the starting pitcher for the combined team, walked the leadoff batter in the first inning and was in danger of reaching first and third base with no outs due to a hit to right. The first run was allowed due to a double play by the second baseman. 

Kim Min-gyu gave up consecutive walks in the second inning after a three-out strike and two outs in the third inning, but he was outed with a fly ball to left field and saved the game without allowing a run. 안전놀이터

Min-gyu Kim gave up a run again in the 4th inning. He came close to having the bases loaded with no outs due to a walk and consecutive hits, and allowed a sweep double. Then, an RBI triple was allowed with one out and third base on base, widening the score gap to 0-5. The inning ended with a strikeout and a straight hit to second base. 

Park So-jun, who took the mound after Kim Min-gyu, pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and no runs. Seungjin Lee allowed one hit and no runs in one inning, and Seungwoo Baek allowed one hit, one walk, and no runs in one inning. Kim Jung-woo appeared on the mound in the 9th inning and allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run in 1 inning. 

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