Dodgers 0-11, ‘phobia’ lingers…KBO reverse-export myth crumbles with career-worst pitching performance

‘KBO reverse export myth’ Merrill Kelly 먹튀검증 (35, Arizona Diamondbacks) collapsed. The biggest reason is that she still couldn’t overcome her phobia of LA Dodgers.

Kelly started on the 30th (Korean time) in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ Dodgers match held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Kelly: Mookie Betts (2nd baseman) – Freddie Freeman (1st baseman) – Will Smith (catcher) – Max Muncy (3rd baseman) – David Peralta (designated hitter) – Jason Hayward (right fielder) – James Outman (center fielder) – Taylor (left fielder) and Miguel Rojas (shortstop) competed against the other lineup.

Kelly was easily attacked by the Dodgers lineup from the beginning of the game. As if the fear of the Dodgers came back to life, he showed pitching that was completely different from before.

In the bottom of the first inning, Kelly hit a 1 RBI double from Peralta and a 2 RBI double from Hayward to make it 0-3. In the bottom of the second inning, Rojas allowed an RBI and a timely hit to make the score 0-4. At the beginning of the third inning, Peralta allowed an RBI and Taylor an RBI and a double, leading to 0-6.

Kelly kept the mound until the fifth inning. But he lost again. In the bottom of the 5th inning when the team was trailing 1-6, Outman made a sacrifice fly to make it 1-7. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Kelly was replaced by reliever Scott McGuff to finish the mound.

The final score was 5 innings, 12 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 7 runs, breaking the record for the most hits in a single game (previous 11 hits) and setting a tie record for the most runs. The team also lost 1-9 and recorded 6 losses (10 wins) of the season.

Not just this day, Kelly struggled against the Dodgers throughout his career. According to the Major League statistics website ‘Baseball Reference’, Kelly recorded an average ERA of 5.03 with 0-10 and 78⅔innings in 15 career matches against the Dodgers until this day. It is the only team that has not recorded a single win by making more than double digits.

Even if the pitcher throws well, you can think that it was unlucky because it can not be done without support from the other line, so Kelly’s details itself were not clear. He gave up 93 hits (13 home runs) and 47 runs (44 earned runs) in 78⅔ innings pitched.

It was a pitch that was far from Kelly, who had won double-digit wins since his debut season in 2019 and established himself as the team’s one-two punch and the U.S. baseball team’s national team.

Meanwhile, Arizona confirmed the losing series early by recording a losing streak against the Dodgers in three consecutive away matches. In the first game held the day before (29th), after losing 4-7 even after losing 4-7 to ace Jack Gallen, who ranked 3rd in the league in most wins (14 wins), he was unable to win and bowed his head on the day Kelly appeared.

Arizona’s season record was 69-64, falling behind the wild card 3rd place (San Francisco Giants/69-63), which is the final line for advancing into the postseason, by ‘0.5’.