Lotte Barnes, ‘worst pitcher in KBO debut’, gives up 6 runs on 4 hits in 1⅓ innings, exits early

Lotte Giants foreign pitcher Charlie Barnes (28) pitched his worst game since his KBO debut.

Barnes took the mound against the NC Dinos of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Changwon NC Park on Wednesday, giving up six runs on four hits and four walks (two walks and two batted balls) in 1⅓ innings.

With Lotte’s five-game winning percentage and the fourth spot in the team standings on the line, Barnes failed to live up to expectations. After giving up an infield single to NC’s leadoff hitter Son Asub in the top of the first inning, Barnes walked Seo Ho-cheol and then gave up a straight ball to Martin. With runners on first and second, Barnes gave up back-to-back singles to Kwon Hee-dong to load the bases.

A shaken Barnes eventually gave up an RBI triple to Yoon Hyung-jun. After striking out the next batter to give himself some breathing room, Barnes walked Kim Joo-won to load the bases but got Ahn Jung-yeol to ground out to the pitcher to end the first inning.스포츠토토

Barnes couldn’t settle down in the second inning. He walked leadoff hitter Do Tae-hoon on a six-pitch full count. He then walked Son to put runners on first and second with no outs and got Seo Ho-cheol to fly out to center field for the first out, but he couldn’t get it over the fence. A three-pitch fastball to Martin, the No. 3 hitter, was high and away, allowing a three-run home run. The LOTTE bench couldn’t take it anymore. Barnes was pulled after two innings and Han Hyun-hee took over the bullpen.

Barnes, who is in his second season in the KBO, pitched the shortest inning of his career. Barnes, whose previous shortest inning was 2⅓ innings (four runs) against the LG Twins on June 24, suffered the humiliation of not completing two innings for the first time in his KBO debut.

Lotte, meanwhile, gave up another two-run homer by Han Hyun-hee to Do Tae-hoon in the bottom of the third inning and are now 0-8 in the NC.

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