KIA coach Kim Jong-guk completely won the bench fight with LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop for at least three consecutive matches this weekend.
KIA swept 3 consecutive weekend expeditions against LG on the 28th and 30th. The season ended April with 12 wins and 11 losses and +1 win/loss margin while running for the first five consecutive wins of the season. Considering that Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young left before and after the opening, and that the batting line did not break out properly until mid-April, and it fell to the bottom, it is a huge turnaround.
Above all, the mound held up well and the batting line was balanced. This year’s KIA mound is definitely better than last year in terms of texture and depth, regardless of selection or middle. Adonis Medina and Yoon Young-cheol are uneasy in the starting lineup. Recently, they fought hard and contributed to the team’s 5-game winning streak, and in the end, the lineup changed greatly, focusing on well-suited players.
Leadoff Ryu Ji-hyeok and Go Jong-wook, who have good contact skills, were deployed forward, and veteran Choi Hyeong-woo showed off a hard hit that forgot his age. Kim Sun-bin’s sense of hitting also increased a lot. On top of that, even backups such as Kim Kyu-seong and Lee Woo-sung were given one by one, and the team gained momentum.
In the case of the 3-game series against LG this time, coach Kim Jong-guk’s judgment, which put in a pinch hitter Lee Woo-seong in the 8th inning when they were behind 3-4 in the game on the 28th, brought the flow. Lee Woo-sung hit a dramatic tying home run, eventually scoring the winning run in the 11th inning.
The game on the 29th drew attention with KIA’s first triple steal and the 7th triple steal in KBO’s career. In the top of the ninth inning, leading 5-3, Kim Kyu-seong, runner on third base with two outs loaded, made a home steal that completely deceived the LG battery. On the 26th, Gwangju NC Game also hit a decisive superiority three-runner in the second inning. It was the start of a five-game winning streak.
As it turns out, manager Kim’s mound management was also well matched. It was buried by Kim Gyu-seong’s home steal on the 29th, but Choi Ji-min’s 2nd inning reverse pitch, which came up without a hit in the 7th inning, also stood out. Choi Ji-min, a sophomore, had a fastball in the early 140km range last year, but it has changed dramatically to the extent that he shot 150km twice on this day. The slider is also evaluated to be quite sharp. It was from this time that LG broke the brunt of the pursuit.
Coach Kim’s choice also worked in the game on the 30th. Lee Eui-ri, the starter, was boldly lowered from 2 out in the 5th inning. When Moon Bo-kyung was given a walk from 2nd and 3rd base, Min-seong Kim boldly put in Ki-hoon Kim at bat. On this day, he was not bad with 4⅔ innings, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, 4 walks and 3 runs. Anyway, the operation succeeded as Kim Ki-hoon caught Kim Min-seong with a floating ball in right field.먹튀검증
Finisher Jung Hae-young came up for a save with 2 outs and 4 outs in the 8th inning, but Oh Ji-hwan tied the game with 2 RBIs and made a blown save. When Jeong Hae-young faced a crisis with 1st and 2nd base safely in the 9th inning, coach Kim boldly put in Lim Ki-young. Lim Ki-young finished the game. It was a three-game series that went smoothly as one man thought.
Manager Kim Jong-guk said, “It was a game where the concentration of the hitters stood out. It was good to see how they managed to score at every chance, and I felt the will to win. Socrates’ 3 The dot home run decided the win. Recently, I didn’t feel good at hitting, but I hope today’s game will revive. Lim Ki-young, who took the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning safely with 1st and 2nd base in a crisis situation, also defended the team’s victory without conceding a run. There were many situations, but I want to say thank you to the players who overcame them well.”
On the other hand, LG lost 12 points even after making all the winning groups. April ended in the worst mood, pouring out bad performances such as mistakes, bunt failures, and jurusa.