It was the encouragement of the veterans that turned the frustrating situation around. “Don’t be discouraged,” they chanted, and the result was a thrilling come-from-behind victory.카지노사이트
LG won the ninth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Lotte Giants 7-3 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on May 25. It was their second straight win and a sweep of the three-game weekend series.
LG was edged by Lotte in an objective pitching matchup on the day. Lotte went with starter Dan Straily, while LG sent Lee Jung-yong to the mound for the first time in his professional career.
The starting rotation was initially set to feature left-hander Lee Jung-yong, who recently returned to the team from military service, but a recent drop to the second team due to poor command left a gap. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop decided to switch the bullpen starter to Lee and gradually increase his pitch count.
Lee Jung-yong had a relatively good outing with two innings of one-run ball with a maximum pitch count of 50 pitches, but Choi Dong-hwan struggled with two runs in ⅓ of an inning.
To make matters worse, the bats were held scoreless against Straily until the fourth inning. With one out in the first inning, one out in the second inning, and two outs in the third inning, they were unable to capitalize on their chances.
Trailing 0-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, they could only manage one run. Moon Sung-joo’s infield grounder allowed the runner from third to cross home plate, but they were unable to capitalize on the ensuing 1-3 double play.
Kim Hyun-soo’s single to right field didn’t lead to a sacrifice fly as Shin Min-jae, the third baseman, couldn’t get a good start, and Austin’s attempted steal of second base was thrown out at the plate, ending the offense in the bottom of the fifth.
With the game potentially in jeopardy, LG’s veteran infielder Kim Min-sung gathered the younger players in front of the dugout. He urged the younger players, including Shin Min-jae and Moon Sung-joo, not to lose heart and to play their hearts out.
“When we were in the bottom of the fifth inning and Kim Hyun-soo flied out to right field, Shin Min-jae, our third baseman, couldn’t get home and I died trying to steal,” Moon Sung-joo said after the game. “Then Kim Min-sung immediately took the players to a meeting in front of the dugout. He told us not to worry about what happened and to play our game.”
LG bounced back after the dugout meeting. In the bottom of the seventh inning, they tied the game at 3-3 when Moon Sung-joo doubled and Kim Hyun-soo singled to center field.
In the bottom of the eighth, with runners on first and second, Shin Min-jae took advantage of an error by Lotte shortstop Park Seung-wook on an infield grounder to make it 4-3, and then Moon Sung-joo’s RBI double and Kim Hyun-soo’s RBI single with one out put Lotte away.
Despite the outcome, the veterans were able to encourage the younger players and inject positive energy into the game, even if it was only for a short time.
“I was nervous about a lot of things, but when Min-sung told me that, I was able to play comfortably,” said Moon Sung-joo. “The captain, Oh Ji-hwan, also told the younger players not to be discouraged if they made mistakes. He tells them to trust their older brothers a lot, and I think that’s why the younger players are able to play more confidently,” said Moon.