Meryl Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks), who is performing the best among the KBO league’s major league reverse export foreign players, was very angry. Although he won the match, he was ejected for the first time since his major league debut because of a ‘knocked-out referee’.
Kelly started in an away game against the Oakland Athletics on the 16th (Korean time) and pitched 7 innings, 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and 2 runs (1 earned), leading Arizona to a 5-2 victory. Arizona, which ran for four consecutive wins, solidified its second place in the National League West Division and first place in the wild card with a record of 24 wins and 18 losses.
Kelly had a 94.1 mph (151.4 km) four-seam fastball (20), a changeup (35), a slider (16), a curveball (12), a sinker (10), and a cutter (4) six pitches. Evenly, he overwhelms the Auckland batting line.
Kelly, who won 4 wins (3 losses) this season, also lowered his ERA from 3.18 to 2.92. Kelly, who debuted in the major leagues after signing with Arizona in 2019, using his performance in the KBO League SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers)토토사이트 from 2015 to 2018 as a stepping stone, achieved 40 total wins on this day.
It was a meaningful and pleasant day in many ways, but Kelly was firmly upset. He was even ejected for the first time in his major league debut because of an umpire’s ball decision in the eighth inning.
In the 8th inning with a 5-1 lead, Kelly hit the mound and hit a solo home run off lead batter Jace Peterson. Then, against Jordan Diaz, the next hitter, with a ball count of 1-2, he pulled out a miss with a slider on the outside of the 4th pitch. Diaz made a check swing, but the bat tip turned. However, 1st base umpire Brock Burleu judged the ball.
At this moment, Arizona coach Troy Lobulo, who was expressing dissatisfaction in the first base dugout, was ejected. If it was a correct decision, it should have been a strikeout on a swing, but in the end it became a ball up to 5 or 6 pitches, leading to a walk. Kelly, who also allowed a hit to the next hitter, Nick Allen, went down the mound safely on 1st and 2nd base. At this time, Kelly was also ordered to leave after expressing dissatisfaction with the referee.
According to ‘The Associated Press’, after the game, Kelly said about the first base referee’s decision that Diaz’s check swing did not turn, “It was a terrible decision. It was very, very obviously a swing. I watched the video again and it was a swing. There was only one thing the first base umpire had to do, and he had to do it right.”
Kelly then said, “I lost my strikeout with that, and it was the reason I came off the mound,” and expressed regret that he came down without finishing the 8th inning.
Coach Robulo also recalled the moment of his exit and said, “I thought it was a swing, but the first base referee sent me off. I lost my composure a little,” but couldn’t hide my regret at the referee’s decision, saying, “I hope it will be judged in the right way.”