Korean-American pitcher Dane Dunning, who missed the chance to be selected for the Korean World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team due to hip surgery, was beaten in his first appearance in a major league demonstration game.
Dunning took the mound in an exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals held at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona, USA on the 26th (Korean time), allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and 5 runs in 1⅓ innings. 33.75 ERA.
Dunning took the mound as the second pitcher in the third inning with a 3-0 lead following starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (2 scoreless innings). The third time was neatly blocked with a tripartite offense. The first batter, Nick Prato, struck out on a swing and Tyler Gantry was grounded by first baseman. Tyler Talbert turned it around with a strikeout.
However, after catching lead hitter Matt Beatty in the 4th inning with a ground ball to the first baseman, he was shaken sharply by allowing six consecutive batters to reach base. He hit Hunter Dozier with a heavy hit and MJ Melendez with a ground-rule double that crossed the right fence into the bounds. He allowed 2 RBIs on time to Matt Duffy on 1st out, 2nd and 3rd base.
After that, Nikki Lopez and Dyron Blanco were sent out on consecutive walks, leading to a crisis with one out and bases loaded. In the end, the number of pitches increased and he could not take responsibility for the innings to the end and was replaced by Antitti Kelly.
Relief pitcher Kelly hit Prato with a two-run turnaround time, and then Tolbert hit a three-run homer, increasing Denning’s run to seven.
Dunning is a Korean player born to a Korean mother, Misu Dunning (Korean name Jung Mi-soo), and an American father, John Dunning. He pitched in 29 games last year as a starter for Texas, going 4-8 with a 4.46 earned run average.
Last fall, the KBO asked if Dunning could play for the Korean WBC team. Dunning expressed his hopes of playing for the Korean national team in the WBC tournament while playing in Texas last year. The WBC may choose not only the nationality of the player himself, but also the lineage of his parents or grandparents.메이저사이트
However, Dunning underwent surgery on his right hip joint and labrum at the end of September last year. Since he had to rehabilitate until spring camp, the KBO did not select Dunning, and Dunning’s hopes of participating in the WBC were destroyed. As for the Korean player, only Tommy Edman was selected for the Korean WBC national team.
Dunning successfully rehabilitated from surgery and participated in Texas’ spring training normally. He had poor results in his first appearance.