De Jesus became the first to reach the 10-win plateau

Baseball’s Kiwoom Heroes’ Enmanuel De Jesus (28) became the first KBO player to reach the 10-win plateau this year.

The right-hander started against the LG Twins in the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 3 and pitched six innings of four-hit ball with two walks and eight strikeouts in a no-decision.

After walking Shin Min-jae in the top of the first inning, Heisus was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and third with one out. But he struck out Austin Dean and got Park Dong-won to ground out to third base to escape the jam without allowing a run. The second inning ended with a clean triple play.

After allowing a leadoff single to Shin Min-Jae in the top of the third, Heisus got Kim Hyun-Soo to fly out to left field to end the inning. In the fourth inning, the leadoff hitter, Austin, doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. But Park Dong-won struck out swinging and Moon Bo-kyung grounded out to shortstop. Kim Sung-jin also struck out swinging to end the threat.

In the fifth inning,

The Haysus walked the leadoff batter, Koo Bon-hyuk. Park Hae-min induced a grounder to the first baseman to get the lead runner at first, but allowed a stolen base to put runners on first and second. However, Hong Chang-ki and Shin Min-jae both struck out swinging to end the threat. After a leadoff walk to Kim Hyun-soo in the sixth, Heisus retired Austin on a wild pitch and induced a groundout to Park Dong-won to end the inning. He was replaced by Joo Seung-woo in the seventh inning with Kiwoom leading 4-0. Kiwoom won 4-1 and extended its winning streak to six games.

He threw 91 pitches, using a fastball (31), 실시간 바카라사이트 changeup (23), two-seam (18), curve (10), and slider (9) to attack LG hitters. His fastball topped out at 152 kilometers per hour and had a 61.2 percent strike rate.

His stellar pitching helped Kiwoom win their sixth straight game, and with the win, Heisus became the first KBO player to reach the 10-win plateau for the season. His season record is 10-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 17 games (97⅓ innings). He leads the league in wins by two games over the next closest group (Enns, Wilkerson, and Hrado have eight) and ranks among the top pitchers in key metrics, including third in ERA and third in strikeouts (102).

“It feels great to finish the first half like this,” said Jesus in his postgame interview. I tried to give my all for the team in the first half, and I’ll do my best to keep up this good form in the second half. I’m very happy to have reached 10 wins, and it’s nice to be able to contribute to the team’s victory,” he said of his 10th win.


Who made his major league debut last year but was limited to two games (6⅓ innings) with an ERA of 11.37, had previously won nine games in High Single-A in 2019. Now, with a new challenge across the ocean, he’s looking to produce a 10-win season in the KBO for the first time since his professional debut.

“I honestly don’t know if I’ve won 10 games before. I’m not sure,” said Heisus. “Ten wins is not only my achievement, but it’s a team effort. The fielders did a great job fielding and the batsmen did a great job batting, so I was able to get the wins, so that’s why 10 wins means more,” he said, giving credit to his teammates.

Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds were in attendance to watch the game. They were in Korea to promote “Deadpool and Wolverine,” which opens in theaters on April 24, and came to Gocheok Dome as soon as they got off the chartered plane to watch the game. “I’m not really interested in superheroes,” Hassus admitted, “but I wanted to take a picture with Hugh Jackman, but the situation didn’t work out, so I was really disappointed. Of course, I know Wolverine,” he laughed.

Heisus, who is having an impressive first season in the KBO, said, “I don’t really care about the title. I’m just happy that the things I prepared for the season during the offseason are paying off,” he said, adding, “I think it’s going as well as I thought it would when I came to Korea. The things I prepared in the offseason have worked out well. I’m motivated to win more and try to do more to always be better.”