Tanner started the game against the Doosan Bears in the first round of the postseason wild card game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Changwon NC Park on the 19th and was substituted after allowing five runs on 86 pitches and seven hits (1 homer) in four innings.
He played 33 fastballs, 34 sliders, 15 changeups, and 4 curves, up to 145km, but failed to cope with Doosan’s batting lineup’s concentration.
Tanner, who joined Taylor Widener as an alternative foreign player, made a smooth landing on the Korean stage.He had five wins and two losses with an ERA of 2.92 (21 earned runs in 64 ⅔ innings), 47 strikeouts, 13 walks, WHIP 1.10, and eight quality starts.
NC’s second half could have been difficult without Pedi’s foreign partner in the starting lineup, which did not have a native ace. But Tanner lived up to expectations. Widener had excellent pitching power, but his monotonous pattern and undulating pitching amplified anxiety. Tanner, on the other hand, showed off his control by throwing a sweeper like Peddy, although he was not overwhelmed. He walked only 1.81 per nine innings. He threw a relatively fast ball in a slow arm swing, exquisitely stealing the timing of the batters. The timing-taking pitching was the reason for Tanner’s soft landing. 스포츠토토
Tanner took the mound once against Doosan this year on August 20. He showed relatively good pitching by allowing seven hits, one walk, four strikeouts and three runs (one earned run) in six innings. Doosan may have analyzed a lot with the video, but since he is a relatively unfamiliar pitcher, pitching that takes Tanner’s timing can work effectively. However, Tanner’s lack of power was a concern. Where it could have been a weakness in the short-term.
Before the game, head coach Kang In-kwon expressed his expectations on Tanner’s pitching type, saying, “I’ve seen him operate stably so far, so if you’re not too nervous, I think he’ll show the pitching he showed in the regular season again today.”
But Tanner fell short of expectations. He failed to completely fill the absence of Triple Crown ace Eric Peddy and was substituted early in the fifth inning when the team reversed the atmosphere.
It shook from the first inning. Jung Soo-bin, the leadoff hitter in the first inning, handled it with a fly ball to third base. However, Kim Jae-ho hit an infield hit to shortstop and Rojas allowed a double to right field, putting him on the verge of second and third bases with one out. For now, he induced fourth batter Yang Eui-ji to ground out to shortstop. There was no stopping the third base runner from losing a point. However, shortstop Kim Joo-won caught Rojas, who was heading from second base to third base with a quick judgment, and made two outs and one base, not two outs and three bases, eliminating the crisis of additional runs. He turned Yang Seok-hwan into a fly ball to center field with two outs and one run in the first inning.
Tanner was also in danger in the second inning and lost a point. He threw the first pitch to leadoff hitter Kang Seung-ho in the second inning and gave up a left-handed hit. Afterwards, Kim In-tae hit a double for the first prize and sent a runner on first base. He scored his second run. He induced Huh Kyung-min to ground out to first base and made a third base with one out. The infielders played forward defense, and Cho Ha-haeng’s hit was caught by shortstop Kim Joo-won. He breathed a sigh by making two outs and a third base, and Jung Soo-bin caught it with a grounder by a pitcher and finished the second inning without additional runs.
The third inning seemed to go smoothly as he caught Kim Jae-ho with a grounder to third base. However, in the full count match with Rojas, he threw a 127km slider and was hit by a superior solo shot and lost an additional point. a run in every inning. After that, he gave up a walk to Yang Eui-ji and shook.
He handled Yang Seok-hwan with a fly ball to right field, but faced a crisis of two outs and second and third bases as he was hit by Kang Seung-ho with a double in priority with two outs and one base. First, he turned Kim In-tae into a third baseman foul fly and finished the third inning without additional runs. But it was already being dragged to 0-3.
Tanner also took the mound in the fourth inning. Leadoff hitter Huh Kyung-min caught a grounder to shortstop and started. Kim Joo-won hit a deep 3-course ball with a running throw. Cho Ha-haeng also induced a fly ball to left field and made two outs. After two outs, Jung Soo-bin was walked again. However, catcher Kim Hyung-joon caught Jung Soo-bin, who was trying to steal second base, and finished the fourth inning. It was the first inning without a run.
NC’s batters turned the tables 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning with Seo Ho-cheol’s grand slam, Kim Hyung-joon’s solo shot, and a back-to-back home run, reversing the mood. However, Tanner, who came back to the mound in the top of the fifth inning, walked by leadoff hitter Kim Jae-ho and hit a left-handed hit by pinch hitter Kim Jae-hwan, causing a crisis of first and second bases with no outs.
Eventually, the NC bench removed Tanner from the mound and put Lee Jae-hak on the mound. Lee Jae-hak called in Tanner’s successor as he was hit by the first batter Yang Eui-ji in a timely manner with no outs and runners on first and second bases. It was chased 5-4. Since then, he has even committed a wild pitch, leading to a crisis of second and third bases with no outs. Yang Seok-hwan struck out but failed to prevent a run when he handled Kang Seung-ho with a grounder to second base with one out and runners on second and third bases. Tanner’s run increased to five points and the game was 5-5.