‘KKK → 2 innings perfect → winning pitcher’ trade transfer student, “My heart was pounding like when I first appeared as a rookie.”
LG pitcher Ham Deok-joo saved the team from a crisis.
LG won the match against KT in the 2023 KBO League held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 2nd, 10-9 in the 11th inning of overtime.
A game that could have been easily won was won with difficulty.토토사이트 LG scored 4 points in the 1st inning and 5 points in the 3rd inning, leading 9-2. However, he allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 9-5. A 4-point lead continued until the 7th inning, but an error in the 8th was the cause and eventually allowed a 9-9 tie.
Above all, provisional closer Lee Jeong-yong took the mound with 2 outs 1st and 3rd base, leading 9-6, but even the back door collapsed as he allowed Alford to score a 1 RBI double and Park Byeong-ho to tie the game with 2 RBIs.
Lee Jung-yong prevented a crisis with one out and second base in the ninth inning, and Ham Deok-ju took the mound as the team’s ninth pitcher at the end of the 10th inning.
Lefty hitter Cho Yong-ho struck out on a swing, followed by Kang Baek-ho with a slider to strike out on a swing. Alford, who hit a home run in two consecutive games, also struck out looking and ended the inning with KKK.
In the top of the 11th inning of overtime, LG took a chance to run 2nd and 3rd base with one out and 2nd and 3rd base with Hong Chang-gi’s left-handed double after lead hitter Park Dong-won reached base with a hit and sent-off bunt. Pinch hitter Lee Chun-woong succeeded in a squeeze bunt (hit) on the first pitch to regain a 10-9 lead.
At the end of the 11th inning, Ham Deok-joo faced KT’s main batting line. Park Byeong-ho, who hit a tie in the 8th inning, was treated as a first baseman foul fly. Kim Joon-tae struck out, and Hwang Jae-kyun treated the shortstop with a floating ball, ending the long game of 4 hours and 47 minutes.
After the match, Ham Deok-joo said, “The team is in a difficult situation, and I was more excited because I myself was playing in a long time. I was not going to pay,” he said.
He won the first game of the season. It was an excellent pitch in a situation where the team almost suffered a come-from-behind defeat. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop praised after the match, saying, “Ham Deok-joo’s perfect blocking of the last two innings was a stepping stone to victory.”
Ham Deok-joo said, “I think I started (the season) with a good game. My goal is to spend a season as healthy as I am today. I was able to do it. There is a saying that I am weak against left-handed hitters, so I practiced a lot with the coaches and sliders, and as a result, I was able to face them with confidence today.”
Lastly, he said, “You must have been disappointed that I couldn’t show you a good performance due to injury to the fans, but I will show you a good performance in good health until the remaining 142 games and the post season.”