He tasted his first loss in 13 games, but he’s much better than the ace who boasts a $185 million (about 244.5 billion won) contract.

Daeyin Dunning (29, Texas Rangers) took the loss against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Monday (1 July), giving up three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk in five innings.안전놀이터

One run was all the support he received. The inning was still there. With two outs in the first inning, he threw a cutter to Javier Baez that went up the middle for a double to right, but induced Spencer Tokelson to ground out to shortstop on a sinker. He was in the middle of it again, but luck was on his side.

A shortstop error loaded the bases with one out in the second, but two batters later he struck out Jake Rogers on a 91-mph sinker. It was on the borderline. With runners on first and third in the third, he induced a grounder to third base with a body sinker to Baez. It was a no-hitter, but a throwing error by the second baseman allowed a run to score. With two outs, he struck out Tyler Nevin on a changeup. He left runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings.

But in the sixth, he gave up a single to Nick Marton and a bunt single to Zach Short. Jonathan Hernandez followed with a single to score the two runners Dunning had left on base. It was all Dunning’s fault. Texas rallied for one run in the seventh, but lost 2-3. Dunning’s first loss of the season.

It was his first loss in nine months and 16 games since giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in four innings against the Boston Red Sox on 5 September 2022. He was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in five starts, especially after making the switch from the bullpen to the mound earlier in the season. Despite the loss, it wasn’t a bad pitching performance.

Dunning has been starting consistently since Jacob deGrom went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He’s better than the existing starters. Nation Eovaldi (7-2, 2.42 ERA) gets the nod, but Martin Perez (6-1, 4.43 ERA), Jon Gray (5-1, 2.81 ERA), Andrew Heaney (4-3, 3.76 ERA), DeGrom (6-2, 2.67 ERA), and Cody Bradford (2-1, 7.20 ERA) are all pitchers who have clearly contributed more to the team than Dunning.

Dunning is making $940,000 this year. That’s a lot of bang for the buck. He becomes a free agent in the 2026-2027 offseason. The most important thing is to maintain his performance until 2026. After two or three years of steady play, the KBO may have to make a strong case for Dunning’s inclusion in the Korean team for the WBC. Dunning is a Korean-American.

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