“You can trust me”… Director Yeom Kyung-yeop smiled broadly at Lim Chan-kyu’s strong pitching.
LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop praised right-hander Lim Chan-gyu (31) for pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in the game the previous day (5th) ahead of the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes match on the 6th.
Lim Chan-kyu, who played an active part in the starting lineup of LG until last year, 메이저놀이터has been assigned a long relief position in the bullpen this season. LG’s starting rotation this season consisted of Casey Kelly, Adam Plutko, Yunshik Kim, Minho Lee, and Hyojong Kang. Lim Chan-gyu, who was pushed out of the competition for the 5th starting pitcher, had to do dirty work by playing multiple innings in the bullpen as he was able to digest long innings.
Lim Chan-gyu’s strength was properly demonstrated in the Kiwoom match on the 5th. For LG, starting pitcher Lee Min-ho pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 2 runs (own charge), but since the batting line did not explode, Kiwoom was dragged 1-2 all the way from the 4th inning. Lee Min-ho, who kept the mound until one company at the end of the 6th inning, reached 88 pitches. As it was a game on thin ice by one point, coach Yeom immediately put Im Chan-gyu on the mound.
Lim Chan-gyu repaid manager Yeom’s trust by striking out three in 2.2 innings and giving up no runs. He gave up only two hits, and did not allow a single walk on four walks. The team ended up losing 1-2, but Lim Chan-gyu’s good pitching was brilliant.
Director Yeom said, “I showed a level of performance that I could trust and entrust to the role of long relief. Our starting lineup is weak in the 3rd to 5th starters, but in order to compensate for that, Lim Chan-gyu, Ham Deok-ju, and Baek Seung-hyun need to create a ‘strength to endure’,” he emphasized.
Lim Chan-kyu, who threw 43 pitches, will take a break until the 7th. Starting from the 7th, LG will play three consecutive matches against the Samsung Lions at Jamsil Stadium. Manager Yeom said, “It is possible to start in the game on the 9th. I can go out after taking two days off, but it’s better to take three days off.”