In the bottom of the fifth inning, Eric Peddie headed to the bullpen, and the NC fans lining third base erupted in cheers. But the league’s best pitcher’s second postseason start would not come, and NC’s fall baseball season was over. Pedi couldn’t raise his head in front of the fans.
The NC Dinos failed to advance to the Korean Series after losing Game 5 of the playoffs to the KT Wiz, 2 to 3, at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, South Korea. It was disappointing to see Peddie’s absence, as he only pitched one game due to injury.
This year, Pedi’s regular season stats were 30 games, 180⅓ innings, 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA. It was a performance unmatched by any other pitcher in the league. However, in the final game of the season against the KIA Tigers, Peddie was hit in the right forearm by a pitch.
The unfortunate injury prevented him from being named to the roster for the wild-card decider. In the semi-playoffs against the SSG Landers, Pedi was also unable to take the mound. Two weeks later, Pedi was back on the mound for Game 1 of the playoffs against KT, pitching six innings of three-hit ball with one walk and one strikeout to earn the win.
NC took Game 1 and Game 2 to take control of the series, but dropped Games 3 and 4 in Changwon to KT, sending the playoff series to Game 5. It was Pedi’s turn to step up. However, it was Shin Min-hyuk, not Pedi, who started the fifth game.
After pitching a perfect game until the top of the fifth inning, Shin Min-hyuk gave up back-to-back hits to Jang Sung-woo and Moon Sang-chul, putting runners on first and third base. Pedi finally moved to the bullpen to warm up. Manager Kang Myung-ho had already announced that Pedi would be used in the middle and late innings of the game. 무지개토토 도메인
At the same moment that Pedi went to the bullpen, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol brought in Kim Min-hyuk as a pinch hitter. Kim Min-hyuk hit a two-run double into the right field corner to tie the game. Kim Young-gyu then came on and struck out Choi Jae-dae and Choi Soo-ho to prevent any further damage.
In the sixth inning, NC was again threatened. After Kim Young-gyu gave up a leadoff single to Kim Sang-soo, Ryu Jin-wook took the mound, but Hwang Jae-gyun singled and Alford walked to load the bases. In the next at-bat, Park Byung-ho singled to center field, scoring Kim Sang-soo from third base to give KT a 3-2 lead.