The LG Twins showed why they’re in first place. They were relentless and dug in when their opponents’ weaknesses were exposed. Even after scoring 10 runs, the team was focused and didn’t miss a beat.
The game between Kiwoom and LG at Jamsil Stadium on the 13th. Kiwoom’s starting pitcher was 19-year-old rookie Kim Dong-kyu, who was traded to Kiwoom along with Lee Ju-hyung when LG acquired Choi Won-tae in a trade in late July. The catcher is rookie Kim Dong-heon, forming a ’19-year-old rookie battery’.
Kim Dong-kyu, who is still in the process of learning a lot, was shaky from the first inning, and LG dug into their weaknesses. Top hitter Hong Chang-ki drew a straight bunt, and Shin Min-jae singled to right to put runners on first and third.
Nerves were evident on the mound in the rookie’s starting debut. Kim Hyun-soo was hit by a pitch, and the speedy Shin Min-jae stole second base with time to spare. Kim Dong-gyu’s quick motion was also slow. With the bases loaded and Austin at bat, Kim gave up the game’s first run on a wild pitch over the catcher’s head.
LG scored two runs in the first inning, but gave up two runs in the top of the second to tie the game. In the second inning, LG regained the lead when leadoff hitter Park Dong-won hit a high fastball up the middle for a solo home run over the left field fence. The LG bench then went after Kiwoom’s 19-year-old battery.
Lee Jae-won led off with a single up the middle and stole second base. A hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a walk put runners on first and third. With Shin Min-jae at the plate, LG added another run with a delayed double steal that fooled the Kiwoom battery.
First baseman Hong Chang-ki attempted to steal second, and as the catcher threw to second, third baseman Lee Jae-won raced home to score. The shortstop threw home again, but it was too late. It was 4-2.
With runners on second and third or first and third, this is one of Yeom’s favorite plays. When the first baseman tries to steal second base, the catcher throws to second base, and the third baseman tries to steal home. Or, when the second baseman lengthens the lead and the pitcher throws to second base, the third baseman tries to steal home. Samsung twice failed to do so, but on this day, they succeeded against the 19-year-old rookie batter and scored a run.
Kim was charged with five runs on four hits, one home run, three walks and five strikeouts in two innings. He was shaken up by two wild pitches, and the mobile LG attempted five stolen bases with a 100% success rate. No mercy was shown, but rather a thorough exploitation of weaknesses.
After Kim Dong-kyu was pulled after two innings, LG got its big inning in the third, scoring one more run on Kim Hyun-soo’s sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the top of the inning for a 9-2 lead. Not only did the runner on second tag up to third, but the runner on first actively tried to tag up to second, putting runners on second and third.
Even with the big lead, the LG players didn’t lose their focus on the game. They dug into their opponent’s loopholes and were able to score two more runs with Austin’s RBI single with runners on second and third.스포츠토토
After the 17-8 victory, Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “The players played well at the beginning of the game with active baserunning. With the home runs of Austin, Park Dong-won, and Hong Chang-gi, I think we gave the fans a fun game where we scored runs with big balls and baserunners. As a coach, I want to thank and praise them,” he said after the victory.