Merrill Kelly (Arizona Diamondbacks), who advanced to the Major League through the KBO League and was also selected for the US World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, could not cross the ‘mountain’ of the Los Angeles Dodgers once again.

Kelly started on the 7th (Korean time) in the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, recording 6 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5⅔ innings, becoming a losing pitcher. done.

Kelly joined SK Wyverns in the KBO League in 2015 and returned to the United States after achieving an excellent record of 48-32 with an average ERA of 3.86 in 119 games over four seasons. In his first season after moving to Arizona, Kelly made a soft landing with a record of 13-14 and an ERA of 4.42. contributed to the runner-up.

For Kelly, who has been on a winning streak after returning to the United States, the most difficult thing to solve is the confrontation with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kelly had not picked up a win in 13 career head-to-head matches against the Dodgers until the game on the 7th. His opponent record was 13 matches, 9 losses, an average ERA of 5.64, and in his first appearance in the regular season this year, he stayed with no runs in 3⅔ innings without a run.

Kelly faced the 14th match with the goal of “first win” against the Dodgers. But even on this day, Kelly couldn’t smile. He started well. Kelly ended the three-way start by tying up the Dodgers line-up, which included Mookie Betts, Freddy Freeman, and Will Smith, in the first inning. However, his first run came straight away.

Kelly gave up a walk to leadoff hitter Max Muncy in the second inning, but took a breather by catching both JD Martinez and David Peralta with fly balls. However, he allowed a hit to James Outman and was driven to the first and second base crisis, and he gave up the first run with a timely hit to Chris Taylor.

Kelly went on to risk himself once again by giving up a walk to Smith after being hit by a double by Freeman in the third inning. Afterwards, he succeeded in inducing a ground ball to Muncy and seemed to end the inning with a double hit. However, shortstop Gerardo Ferdomo’s throw missed Kelly’s glove, which entered first base cover, and at this time, the runner on second base stepped home. Kelly, who could not finish the inning due to an error, eventually gave Martinez an extra timely hit and scored the third run.

After 2 or 3 consecutive runs,안전놀이터 Kelly again recorded a three-way offense by blocking the batting line leading to Peralta-Outman-Taylor in the 4th inning. And in the top of the 5th, he ended the inning without allowing a run, inducing a double hit to Freeman. However, he went down the mound after scoring 4 runs in a timely hit by Outman again in the 6th inning with 2nd out, 1st and 3rd base.

While Kelly scored four runs, Arizona’s lineup didn’t score a single point, and in the end, Kelly was tampered with in an environment where he couldn’t build a win, and couldn’t build a 14-game winning streak against the Dodgers. Arizona chased after it late, but Kelly was unable to overturn the inferiority and recorded the first loss of the season. Kelly becomes infinitely smaller whenever she meets the Dodgers.

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