“With this momentum, we hope to continue our winning streak, and we’re confident that we can compete for the postseason.”
On the 28th, Uhm pitched six innings against the NC Dinos of the 2023 KBO League at Changwon NC Park, throwing 95 pitches with six hits, five strikeouts, and two runs.
With his team leading 7-2, he handed the ball off to reliever Son Dong-hyun, who went on to pick up his fourth win of the season (sixth overall) as KT never allowed the tying run to score and won 10-2. It was their first win in nine games since May 25 against the Kiwoom Heroes.
“It’s been so long,” said Uhm Sang-baek after the game. “It’s been two months,” he said, “I was almost a streak stopper, but it’s nice to be a winning pitcher and have the team win. My heart was heavy because every time I pitched, the results were bad, but today I feel so good. I hope to continue my winning streak with this momentum,” he said with a bright smile.
The top of the first inning was the biggest threat for Uhm. He gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Park Geon-woo and Jason Martin to give KT an early two-run lead. He stayed on the mound until the end of the sixth inning to secure his fourth win and KT’s victory.
“When I gave up two runs in the first inning, I wasn’t too shaken, I just thought about how I should pitch in the next inning, and I think that’s what led to the good result today,” said Uhm.
As mentioned earlier, Uhm has often been unable to get the win despite pitching well. Before the game, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “It’s a bit unfortunate that (Uhm) Sang-baek can’t get a win. It would be fun to get a win…” and encouraged him, saying, “He’s still doing his part.”
Uhm said, “I didn’t do it because I wanted to win. I thought victory would come if I did my job,” he said, adding, “When I wasn’t winning, (the late) Young-pyo gave me a lot of advice and (Jang) Sung-woo-hyung talked to me a lot, so I think that’s why I had a good result today.”
Uhm, who made his professional debut in a KT uniform in 2015 and settled into the starting lineup late last year, went 11-2 with a 2.95 ERA in the 2022 season and won the title of Winning Percentage Champion. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been as fortunate this year as he was last season.
“When I didn’t get any wins, I thought, ‘Maybe I used up all my 바카라 luck last year,'” says Uhm. Anyway, luck can be good or bad. If I do my best, I think there will be good results at the end of the season,” he said, emphasizing, “I want to stay in the starting rotation until the end of the season without getting sick. I will see my personal record at the end of the season.”
After an extremely poor start to the season that left them in last place, KT has been on a roll lately. With the victory, they recorded their 42nd win (2 draws, 43 games) and are just one win away from returning to the 5-percent win rate. If they keep up the momentum, they’ll be able to compete for a postseason spot.
“It’s in sight,” said Uhm Sang-baek. If we don’t get complacent and keep the momentum going, we’ll be able to reach the postseason. I’m confident.”