LG’s ‘one-strong system’ loses DH completely, the flow goes awry from the bottom of the 8th inning of the first game

The joy of being the first to reach 70 wins did not last long. The LG Twins lost in the second game following the first game of the double header.안전놀이터

LG suffered two consecutive losses, losing 6-7 in the first game and 7-12 in the second game in a double header against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 9th. The season record was 70 wins, 2 draws, and 46 losses (0.603).

LG attempted to continue its upward trend by selecting Lim Chan-gyu and Son Ju-young as starters in the first and second games, respectively. In the first game, where the starting matchup was expected to be superior, the best scenario was for Lim Chan-gyu to lead long innings, and in the second game, there was a possibility that the bullpen would be brought in early depending on the situation.

If we only look at the starting pitchers, the results came out as expected. Lim Chan-gyu, who was responsible for starting Game 1, performed at least the role that a starting pitcher should play, recording 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 4 runs (3 earned runs) in 5⅔ innings.

Son Joo-young, who started as a starter for the first time in 506 days since the Jamsil KT Wiz game on April 21 last year, suffered from poor ball control, and after recording 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 3 runs (1 earned) in 1⅔ innings, he handed the mound over to the bullpen. I gave it. In that case, it was up to the batting lineup and bullpen to decide whether to win or lose the second game.

In the first game, there was some success in overturning a losing game. LG, which was trailing 2-5, started the game with Park Dong-won’s solo shot in the top of the 7th inning, and later added 3 more points to successfully turn the score around 6-5. In particular, in this process, the active base running play of key players such as Park Hae-min and Hong Chang-ki led to runs, and ‘Veteran’ Kim Jin-seong, who came on as a relief player in the bottom of the 7th inning to protect the 1-run gap, seemed to block KIA’s pursuit with 2 strikeouts and no runs in one inning. .

However, the tide turned from the bottom of the 8th inning. The source of the problem was that Yoo Young-chan allowed consecutive hits to Kim Sun-bin and Lee Woo-sung with one out and one out on first and second base, and eventually hit a timely hit by Ko Jong-wook with one out. LG showed its will to win the first game to the extent of throwing in closer Go Woo-seok early, but as a result, the game did not go as desired as Go Woo-seok gave up a timely hit for Park Chan-ho with 1 RBI on 1st and 2nd bases with 2 outs. In fact, LG wanted to go into the second game with a more relaxed mind after winning the first game, which was a difficult comeback.

LG, who not only suffered defeat but also revived the spirit of KIA’s batting line, struggled in the second game as well. Second pitcher Lee Ji-kang achieved his first hold in his debut with effective pitching, allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in 2⅓ innings, but after that, pitchers including Lee Woo-chan, Park Myung-geun, and Oh Seok-ju gave up runs and collapsed. ‘High school rookie’ Park Myung-geun, who came up with bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 5th inning, was unable to overcome the pressure and contributed to the comeback.

LG’s situation is still not that bad, with a 5.5-game lead over second-place KT Wiz. Nevertheless, it seems clear that a comeback is needed for dedicating both games of the doubleheader.

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