Lee Yi-ri (KIA Tigers), who was eliminated from the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team at the last minute due to a combination of injuries and poor performance in the second half of the 2023 KBO League, responded with an angry show of force .Lee started the second game of a doubleheader against the Dinos of the 2023 KBO League at Changwon NC Park on Sunday and held them scoreless on three hits until the seventh inning. Spraying hitters with a 150-kilometer per hour fastball, Lee struck out three and walked just one, a problem that has plagued him in the past. Lee, who was replaced by Jang Hyun-sik in the eighth inning with a 6-0 lead, will earn his 11th win of the season (7-0) if KIA holds on for the win. This is the second time Lee has pitched into the seventh inning this season, following a seven-inning, one-run performance against the Kiwoom Heroes on May 19.In fact, he pitched his best game of the season against NC that day. Lee, a left-handed hard-throwing pitcher in the KBO, has struggled in September, failing to make it past the fifth inning in all three of his outings, including a recent stint on the disabled list with a blistered finger. Most notably, against the Hanwha Eagles on Sept. 21, he gave up five runs (four earned) on two hits and three wild pitches in 1 1/3 innings in front of Asian Games coach Ryu Jung-il, which led to his dismissal from the national team .Ryu, who replaced Lee with outfielder Yoon Dong-hee (Lotte Giants), explained the reason for the change, saying, “I had doubts about Lee’s ability to complete 70-80 pitches in his current condition.” “In the end, I decided to change him because I thought he couldn’t throw more than 80 pitches as a 안전놀이터 starting pitcher,” he said. However, Lee made his presence felt in the seventh inning, throwing 77 pitches.

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