Ko Young-pyo made KT Wiz history. He won double-digit games for the first time in three consecutive years. But there was another record he was conscious of.
On June 6 against the Doosan Bears of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, the right-hander pitched seven innings of one run (one earned) on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts to earn his 10th win of the season.
Ko worked through the fifth inning without allowing a run. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, he gave up a double to Jose Rojas and a walk to Kim Jae-hwan to put runners on second and third. Kim In-tae then gave up a run on a wild pitch. However, he went the next seven innings without allowing a run.
Ko became the first KT player to record double-digit wins in three consecutive years. There are a total of three players who have recorded double-digit wins in back-to-back years. They are William Cuevas (2019-2020), Bae Jeong-seong (2019-2020), and Odrisamer Despaigne (2020-2021). Ko surpassed this record to become the first player in the club’s history to do so.
After the game, Ko said, “I heard that it was a KT first, but I didn’t pay much attention to the record. I thought that if I pitched well, it would follow. It feels good to achieve a good record. I want to say thank you to my teammates.”
“I achieved 10 wins, but I don’t think 10 wins is something I can only do with my ability, so I chase other records,” Ko said. “There are many records that are better than 10 wins. “There are a lot of fun records, such as longest innings pitched as a starter, strikeout-to-walk ratio, etc. I want to be recognized for other things as well.”
The game was his fifth consecutive Quality Start Plus (QS+) with seven or more innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed. It was also his 10th consecutive Quality Start (QS) with six or more innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed. It’s a performance that has earned him the nickname “Go-Quals.
“Getting a QS is a ritual. It’s always my mission. I aim for it, and I play on the mound thinking about getting a fast count and closing out the inning with fewer pitches.” “I want to have more than 20 QS this year,” he said, “I think it’s my 14th QS+. I want to get more than 16 in a single season.”
There is an obvious reason why Ko continues to pitch so many innings. He throws fewer pitches per inning. He doesn’t allow many walks. This season, Ko has allowed just 10 walks while striking out 86 batters. The walk he gave up to Kang Seung-ho in the seventh inning was his first since June 27 against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon. It was his first walk in six games.안전놀이터
Ko said, “A walk is like a joke, a ‘I’d rather die’ kind of feeling. I hate walking people off the mound. I’d rather be hit.” “That’s why (the seventh-inning walk) was so disappointing. I haven’t given up a walk in a long time. I’d like to have more games without a walk in the future.”