Plutko, well-rested, pitched a perfect game until the fifth, when he got a “back-to-back bunt to error”… Next chance for a second half win…

LG Twins pitcher Adam Plutko’s first win of the second half was derailed by a botched bunt defense.

Plutko started the first 꽁머니사이트 game of the midweek series against Samsung at Lions Park in Daegu on Friday and threw 88 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

He held a 2-0 lead through five innings, but gave up the tying run in the sixth on back-to-back singles with the bases loaded, an infield single by Koo Ja-rook and an error by the third baseman. He gave up a game-tying double to Ryu Ji-hyuk with the bases loaded before leaving the game.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning, down 2-4, Ham Deok-ju, who came on in relief, kept Plutko’s successor from scoring to minimize the damage. His ERA, which was 2.33 before the game, rose to 2.46. The first win of the second half would have to wait.

Plutko, who took two days off during the All-Star break and made his first appearance of the second half on July 25 against KT, was declared a no-game after 1⅓ innings on August 8 against KIA in Gwangju due to a cold and COVID-19 symptoms.

His first appearance since then. Before the game, LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop explained that “a long rest will be helpful,” adding, “He pitched the most in the first half and we were going to give him a break anyway, so we naturally had a rest period, and it was a good result because Lee Jung-yong and Lee Ji-gang pitched well during that period.”

True to Yeom’s word, Plutko cruised with his dominant pitching.

He started the first inning with a triple play on nine pitches. In the second inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to Kang Min-ho Pirela, but retired the next three batters. He retired the next three batters in order in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Until the fifth inning, he was perfect with three hits, six strikeouts and no runs on just 70 pitches. However, in the sixth inning, his lack of aggressive bunt defense became a problem. That’s when the moment of truth came.

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