It was more painful than Kim Dong-gyu’s sluggishness, what Kiwoom should look back on is ‘7 runs at the end of the 3rd inning’

 Looking at the starting matchup alone, it was a game that was expected to be inferior to some extent, but the result was more disastrous. Kiwoom Heroes ended the week without breaking their losing streak.토토사이트

Kiwoom lost 8-17 in Game 15 of the season against LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 13th. Kiwoom, who fell into a quagmire of 4 consecutive losses, recorded 42 wins, 3 draws and 62 losses.

Even at the beginning of the game, the flow did not tilt to one side. Starting pitcher Kim Dong-gyu gave up 2 and 3 runs at the end of the 1st and 2nd innings, respectively, but Kiwoom’s other team also scored 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning, leaving the gap between the two teams at only 3 points.

The problem was in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Yang Hyun, who took the mound instead of starter Kim Dong-gyu, dedicated a solo shot to lead batter Austin Dean, and after Jung Joo-hyun hit, Moon Bo-gyeong hit a double. In the process, right fielder Lim Byeong-wook, who followed the batted ball, failed to catch the ball, leading to a run. The official record was Moon Bo-gyeong’s double, but the right fielder was able to catch the ball.

Follow-up batter Park Dong-won caught the opponent off guard with a surprise bunt, and third baseman Song Seong-moon, who was in a “defenseless” state, couldn’t even scatter the ball with first base. In the end, the gap between the two teams widened to 6 points with Lee Jae-won’s 1 RBI and timely hit at 1st and 3rd base. In addition, second baseman Kim Hye-seong made a mistake by failing to catch Hong Chang-ki’s ordinary ground ball at 1 out 1 and 2 base.

The innings should have already been over if the fielders had shown their concentration, but Kiwoom’s defense time was longer because of small errors. Even after that, with Shin Min-jae’s infield hit, Austin’s sacrifice fly, and Austin’s two RBIs and timely hits, the number of runs continued to increase. In fact, the atmosphere completely went over to LG with 7 runs at the end of the 3rd inning.

Kiwoom director Hong Won-ki is also regretful about this situation. Before the game, coach Hong said about the lack of concentration of the fielders on defense recently, “I want new players from the 2nd team to come up and show their skills, as well as the bullpen, but there are a lot of walks. Concentration is declining, and bad things are repeated, and it seems that difficult matches are being repeated.” The head coach thinks that both the pitcher and the fielder are responsible, rather than a problem with either side.

Kiwoom did his best in the attack, scoring 1 point and 2 points in the beginning of the 4th and 5th innings, respectively, but it was too much to close the already wide gap. Regardless of the result, he must thoroughly chew on the process of conceding runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. This is a time when both pitchers and fielders need to work hard.

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