LG, the sluggishness of the bullpen that was more bitter than defeat

The bullpen’s sluggishness, which the LG Twins believed, was hampered and the upward trend was cut off.

LG suffered a 1-11 loss in the home game against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 professional baseball KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 10th.

The atmosphere in the beginning was tense. A fierce pitching battle unfolded with good pitching by starting pitchers from both teams, including Kim Yun-sik (LG) and Choi Won-tae (Kiwoom). LG succeeded in taking the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning with Austin Dean and Oh Ji-hwan’s consecutive hits followed by pinch hitter Park Dong-won’s one RBI and timely double.

And in the beginning of the 7th inning, LG’s mound was still guarded by starting pitcher Kim Yun-shik. However, he dedicated a ball that flowed along the first base line to Edison Russell, the lead batter, and reached third base safely. Then, the LG bench immediately replaced the pitcher with Jung Woo-young. Even though Kim Yun-sik only had 72 pitches, he believed in the strong system pitching team and quickly started the bullpen먹튀검증.

Jung Woo-young, who debuted as a pro in 2019 and won the Rookie of the Year title that year, followed by 35 holds last year and became the Hold King, is LG’s main right-handed sidearm pitcher, but has been in a bit of a slump this year. Prior to this Kiwoom, his performance was 3 losses, 6 holds, and an average ERA of 3.86 in 14 appearances.

Fortunately, Jung Woo-young seemed to put out the fire by putting the first batter Lee Hyeong-jong to sleep with a shortstop grounder after the first pitch. But the real nightmare just started. He committed a walk to Park Chan-hyuk after a game that went to 9 pitches. In the connected 1st, 1st and 3rd bases, Jung Woo-young bowed his head after being hit with a double at the right time for a 2-RBI reversal that passed the height of center fielder to Lim Byung-wook. Afterwards, when Kim Hui-jip was allowed a left-handed hit, the LG bench called Yoo Young-chan to the mound.

Yoo Young-chan, who is having his debut season in the professional first team, is a right-handed pitcher who has established himself as a hit product for LG by recording a 2-hold ERA of 3.06 until this day. Recently, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop also received a high evaluation as “a pitcher who will be responsible for the next 10 years.”

However, even that was not enough to block the firepower of Kiwoom’s other ships. In the ensuing 1 out 1 and 3 base, Lee Ji-young hit the third baseman and allowed a 1 RBI, a timely double, and also dedicated a 2 RBI, a timely hit to the follow-up hitter, Lee Jung-hoo, who fell in the middle of the right.

When Yoo Young-chan also walked Lee Won-seok, LG put their hopes on left-hander Choi Seong-hoon, but it did not work. Right away, Kim Hye-seong hit a right-handed 1 RBI hit at the right time. Afterwards, Russell struck out after a 6-pitch game, but allowed Lee Hyung-jong and Park Chan-hyuk to hit 2 RBIs at the right time and 1 RBI, respectively. Subsequent hitter Lim Byeong-wook led the left fielder with a fly, but the score was already 1-9. Afterwards, LG had to accept a bitter defeat in the beginning of the 8th inning as right-hander Bae Jae-jun hit Kim Hye-seong with a 2-RBI triple at the right time.

As such, LG knelt down to Kiwoom due to the sluggishness of the bullpen. The results were so painful. As a result of the day, LG, whose 4 consecutive wins were suspended, recorded 19 wins and 12 losses, falling behind the Lotte Giants (0.615, 16 wins and 10 losses) in the odds ratio (0.613) and falling one step to third place. The gap with 1st place SSG Landers (21-11) also widened by 1.5 games.

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