Although she took second place and missed the title… Noh Kyung-eun’s 30-hold effort in the 76th game ahead of the odds

Noh Kyeong-eun (39, SSG Landers), who is facing an inevitable challenge, is continuing to fight with all her might. 

As of the 16th, Noh Kyung-eun has 9 wins, 5 losses, 2 saves, 29 holds, and an average ERA of 3.58. He was narrowly behind KT Wiz Park Young-hyun (32 holds) and failed to become the holds king. However, regardless of the remaining matches, 2nd place in the hold category was confirmed. Doosan Bears’ Kim Myung-shin (24 holds) is in third place. 

Noh Kyung-eun played as a starting pitcher for Doosan in 2012 and ranked second in ERA (2.52). It was a career-high ranking. In the first half of this season, Noh Kyung-eun was leading the hold and seemed to be getting closer to her first personal title. However, he fell to second place due to the frightening rise of KT and Park Young-hyun. 

Noh Kyung-eun is not disappointed at all. In an interview with this magazine in the middle of the season, he was asked, “Aren’t you greedy for being the Hold King?” and answered, “Not at all.” He waved his hands and said, “I’m not even thinking about whether I can achieve 30 holds.” 

At the time, Noh Kyung-eun said, “I’m in the lead now, but I don’t know what will happen. My realistic goal is to be in the top 3 in the hold category,” and “I’m satisfied with that.” Noh Kyung-eun said he achieved the ‘realistic goal’ he set. 

먹튀검증After being released from Lotte Giants at the end of 2021, he went through a trial and settled in SSG. Noh Gyeong-eun, who played a role in winning ‘Wire to Wire’ last year by playing in the starting and middle positions, has been fixed as a setup man this season, supporting SSG’s waistline with Ko Hyo-jun (13 holds in 73 games), who is a year older. He appeared in a total of 76 games, taking first place with the most appearances on the team. Looking at the KBO league as a whole, Kim Beom-soo of the Hanwha Eagles has the second highest number of appearances after Kim Jin-seong of the LG Twins (80 games). 

Born in 1984, Noh Kyung-eun’s pace dropped somewhat in the summer months of June (ERA 8.71) and July (4.82). Even last month, his earned run average faltered at 7.00. However, SSG is putting a lot of effort into its bullpen recently as it is putting its lives on the line with its goal of third place. On the 16th, he took the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning with a 3-1 lead against Doosan in Jamsil, and cleanly eliminated a three-way strike with 7 balls, laying a stepping stone for SSG to take an advantageous position in the battle for 3rd place. 

Noh Kyung-eun has not conceded a goal (1 win, 5 holds) in 9 games this month. In particular, due to the team’s bullpen situation, which lacked a winning team, he played more than two innings and even went multiple innings twice. When SSG achieved 4 wins and 1 loss in 5 matches against NC, which is fighting for 3rd place this month, Noh Kyung-eun pitched 4 times and posted 3 holds (5 scoreless innings). 

SSG coach Kim Won-hyeong said, “Isn’t it my own ability? I wonder if it would be difficult to play in over 70 games at the age of 40 (at my old age).” He added, “Young players will also have a hard time. Moreover, playing the role of a sure-win team is a lot of pressure. Nevertheless, they will continue to play until the end of the season. He expressed his gratitude, saying, “It’s great to show a good side of you.” 

Noh Kyeong-eun, who is fighting with all her might, smiled and said, “If a pitcher is tired, he can’t throw anyway. I am grateful to my parents who gave me good physical strength.” 

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