Doosan's Brandon gets hit in the head by a pitch in the first inning, gives up 3 runs on 115 pitches in 6 innings

Doosan Foreign Pitcher Brandon Waddell

Doosan Bears foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell was hit in the head by a pitch early in the game and stayed on the mound until the sixth inning.

He started the game against the visiting Kiwoom Heroes at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Nov. 23, giving up three runs (two earned) on 115 pitches in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts, fulfilling the requirement of a quality start (no more than six innings and three earned runs).

In the first inning, Brandon was faced with a dizzying situation.

With the bases loaded and the score 2-0, he was hit in the head by a hard-hit pitch from Ronnie Dawson, the Kiwis' No. 3 hitter.

He reflexively turned his head as the pitch flew toward his face, only to be hit in the back of the head.

As the deflected ball rolled toward the outfield, first baseman Hye Sung Kim advanced to third base, while a stunned Dawson stopped at first base and watched Brandon with concern.

As the staff came up from the bench to check on him, Brandon gave the green light to continue throwing.

After giving up one run in the first inning with runners on first and third, Brandon pitched smoothly through the fourth inning, but in the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead, two hits and a walk loaded the bases.

He induced a grounder to Song Sung-moon in front of the second baseman to end the inning with a no-hitter, but Doosan second baseman Kang Seung-ho made a bad throw to second base to tie the game at 2-3.

Doosan capitalized on an error in the top of the sixth to make it 4-3 again, and Brandon remained on the mound in the bottom of the sixth.

After giving up a walk to Kim Dong-heon and a single to Kim Jun-wan to put runners on first and second, he got Kim Hye-sung to ground into an infield single and Dawson to fly out to center to complete the job.

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