Not paying attention to a pitcher like this…

KIA Tigers substitute foreign pitcher Thomas Panoni (30) kissed his first win after 3 games back in the KBO league. He started in the Gwangju game against the Lotte Giants on the 30th and fought back. 6⅔ innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, no run. Leading to a 6-3 victory, a pleasant beast girl won the victory in 3 games. 

There was a crisis, but the goal was not allowed. After two outs in the second inning, he prevented a run even after being hit in a row. In the 6th inning, even in a crisis with one out and 1st and 3rd base, Noh Jin-hyeok was induced with a shortstop floating ball. In the 7th inning, he climbed the mound and gave Kim Min-seok, the first batter, a double that exceeded the height of the third baseman and caught two outcounts. Lim Ki-young overpowered the next hitter. 

On the 25th, in the second appearance against Changwon NC, he pitched 5 scoreless innings, but the bullpen reversed and delayed the first win. After four days off, he climbed the mound and threw the best pitch. The power of the 142km cutter was amazing. Here, the 145km fastball, curve, and changeup were appropriately used to calm the Lotte lineup.  안전놀이터

He played in 14 games as a substitute last year and recorded an ERA of 2.72, but failed to renew his contract. This was because he was not the type of pitcher who overwhelms batters. Moreover, other clubs did not pay attention. He was very sad, but he couldn’t help it. He returned to the United States and made a presence in the minor leagues with sharper pitches. 

KIA offered to release Shawn Anderson and re-energize Panoni. He forgot his feelings of sadness and readily rejoined the club, a first for the second consecutive year as a substitute outsider. On the 12th, against Samsung (Gwangju), he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 4 innings. He trained steadily until the All-Star break and pitched 11⅔ scoreless innings in 2 games a week.

He’s posting a 3-game ERA of 1.15. Panoni thanked the fans after his first win. Then, just like when he joined last year, he summoned Bulldog once again, saying, “I want to help the team win by fighting the opponent like a bulldog and not conceding as much as possible.” Kia’s re-recruitment of Panoni was successful. 

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