“For the first time in my career as a manager, I went 2 innings…”
The LG Twins won 4-3 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against the KIA Tigers held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 19th.스포츠토토
LG’s start was smooth. In the top of the second inning, with two outs and no runners on base, Moon Bo-kyung hit a one-run home run against KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong to score the first run. Moon Bo-kyung swung a bat in the top of the fourth inning. With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base, he crossed the right field fence once again against Yang Hyun-jong. Moon Bo-kyung’s consecutive home runs gave them a 4-0 lead.
However, KIA’s counterattack was not easy. The chase began with Choi Hyung-woo’s 1-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning. Then, against pitcher Choi Dong-hwan, who was replaced in the bottom of the 8th inning, Choi Won-jun’s single and Kim Do-young’s double gave the team a chance to get to second and third base with no outs. Then, Na Seong-beom’s 1 RBI hit narrowed the score gap to 4-3.
In the end, the LG dugout moved. Closing pitcher Go Woo-seok took the mound in the 8th inning with no outs on first base. Go Woo-seok gave up second base to Na Seong-beom due to a wild pitch during Choi Hyeong-woo’s at-bat. However, after striking out Choi Hyeong-woo, he caught Kim Sun-bin with a fly ball to right field. Meanwhile, Na Seong-beom tagged up and stepped on third base. After sending out Socrates Brito on an intentional 4th pitch, Byun Woo-hyuk was returned to second base with a grounder and did not allow a run.
Go Woo-seok started the bottom of the 9th inning by grounding leadoff hitter Kim Tae-gun to second base. Afterwards, he allowed a walk to pinch hitter Oh Seon-woo and a hit to Choi Won-jun, putting him in danger with one out and runners on first and third base. However, he induced Kim Do-young to hit a ground ball to second base. The game ended with a double play.
Director Yeom Kyeong-yeop expressed satisfaction with Go Woo-seok’s performance. He said on the 20th, “I won an important game yesterday. I tried to use (Go) Woo-seok with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th inning, but I couldn’t catch him with 2 outs. The only pitcher who was warming up was Woo-seok. It’s better to use him when he’s winning than to put him in after the score is tied.” “I thought it was better. I thought it was a winning decision. For the first time since I took over as manager, I had the closer pitch two innings,” he said.
Thanks to Go Woo-seok’s save in two innings, LG won its fifth straight win. We took one step closer to winning the regular season. Coach Yeom said, “It was a very difficult game, but Wooseok played his role as a closing pitcher. It was a difficult situation, but he did well. Yesterday’s win is big,” and added, “Every win is important these days. It’s important for the coach, and we can continue our winning streak.” “I’m glad I was able to do it,” he said.