Eric Peddie, the “best pitcher in the KBO” and the NC Dinos “ace,” was upset with the umpire’s call, and NC coach Kang Myung-ho jumped in to prevent a physical confrontation between Peddie and the umpire.
NC won the away game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Playoffs (PO-5 best-of-three) against KT Wiz 9-5 on the afternoon of the 30th at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. With the win, NC took a one-game lead and advanced to the PO.
Pedi was the star of the game. Pedi, who leads the league in wins (20), ERA (2.00), and strikeouts (209) this season, pitched six innings of one run, three hits (one home run), one walk, and 12 strikeouts to secure the win. He proved to be in perfect shape in his comeback game after suffering a bruise from a hard hit by Ko Jong-wook against the KIA Tigers on the 16th.
Pedi, who pitched his best game of the season, had his moments of disappointment. With the score 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Pedi gave up a walk to Moon Sang-chul. In a three-pitch, two-strike at-bat, he threw a high changeup that was close to the strike zone, but was ruled a ball. Pedi then stretched out his hand to the umpire to express his displeasure. It may have been unfair, but it was unnecessary with a seven-run lead.
The umpire then walked off the mound. At this point, a confrontation between Peddy and the umpire was imminent. The umpire was quickly intercepted by Kang Myung-hwa, who ran out of the dugout. He talked to the umpire and calmed him down. He then gestured to Pedi, telling him not to get too excited.
Without Kang’s quick intervention, there’s no telling what would have happened. Pedi could have been sent off or suspended for excessive protest. If this had happened, NC would have faced the worst possible scenario, even if they had won the first game of the PO. 토토사이트
However, a quick sprint by coach Kang Myung-hwa prevented this from happening. After calming down, Pedi pitched his best game until the 6th inning. Kang Myung-ho reacted to the game situation in the best way possible, saving both the win and Pedi.