Eric Peddie (NC Dinos), the best pitcher in baseball this year, narrowly missed throwing the first complete game in baseball in 2023 with two outs.Pedi took the mound on Tuesday against the Lotte Giants at Changwon NC Park in Gyeongnam, South Korea, and held the Lotte bats to just two hits through the eighth inning while striking out nine. He didn’t walk a single batter.But after giving up an infield single to Yoo Kang-nam in the top of the ninth with a 3-0 lead, he gave up a double to Yoon Dong-hee in left field one out later.Pedi turned the mound over to Lee Yong-chan with two outs.Yoo did not allow another run and the game ended with a 3-1 NC victory.With his 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball, Pedi has now won eight straight home games to improve to 18-6 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.21, good enough for first place in both categories.There have been 37 complete games this year in both major leagues in Nippon Professional Baseball and 19 in both major leagues in American baseball, but none in the KBO, which has played 83 percent of its schedule.NC took a quick lead in the third inning when Choi Jung-won hit a leadoff triple and Son As-seop scored on a ground ball.In the fifth, they added two runs on back-to-back doubles by Son and Seo Ho-cheol, an error by Lotte third baseman Park Seung-wook, and Jason Martin’s single to right.LOTTE was unfortunate that Ahn Chi-hong’s hit with two outs in the 스포츠토토링크 ninth was caught in a picturesque diving catch by NC shortstop Kim Joo-won.

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