“Today, even if he gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, it would be considered good pitching.”

2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 3rd of the second game of the three-game series between KIA and Lotte. This is a message from KIA coach Kim Jong-guk to newcomer Yoon Young-chul, who started the game before the game.

Yoon Young-cheol was nominated by the KIA as the second pick in the first round of the rookie draft this year, and proudly joined the starting lineup from the first season of his debut. However, he played in three games before the game on this day and did not show outstanding performance with one loss and an average ERA of 4.85 without a win.

In the first game in May, I met Lotte, who was racing for 9 consecutive wins. In addition, the starting opponent was Na Kyun-an, who played a big role with an average ERA of 1.34, 4 wins and 4 wins in 5 games before the match. Yoon Young-chul had to climb the mound with his shoulders heavier than ever. 

Director Kim tried not to put too much pressure on Yoon Young-chul as he was a rookie. He said, “Considering Lotte’s rising trend now, it would be too good to throw 3 runs in 5 innings.”

However, Yoon Young-cheol’s performance exceeded expectations. He kept the mound reassuringly, giving up two runs less than the three runs allowed in five innings that coach Kim had hoped for. He played an active role with 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings, leading the team to a 10-2 victory and harvesting his first win in his debut. Lotte’s 10-game winning streak was blocked by Yoon Young-chul’s reverse fight.

From the beginning of the first inning, Yoon Young-chul showed off his powerful pitching and made a three-way inning. In the beginning of the second inning, he gave up two hits and one walk, but he was able to strike out Lee Hak-ju and prevented a run. Even in the top of the 3rd inning, he also continued his scoreless pitching, giving up only one hit.

Immediately at the bottom of the 3rd inning, the quiet batters swung hard blows and lightened Yoon Young-chul’s shoulders. He scored 4 points while batting first. With the bases loaded with two outs, Kim Seon-bin scored the first run with a push-off walk, then Choi Hyeong-woo scored two RBIs and Socrates scored one RBI in a timely manner.

In the top of the 4th inning with a 3-0 lead, Yoon Yeong-chul, thanks to the performance of the other line, blocked it again with a three-way offense. Then, in the bottom of the 4th inning, Lee Woo-sung blew a shot. As the lead batter, he attacked Na Kyun-ahn’s first pitch at 113km/h and hit a solo home run with a distance of 110m over the left wall. 

Even at the beginning of the 5th inning, Yoon Young-cheol climbed the mound, and from this point on he showed a tough physical condition. After giving up a hit to leader Kim Min-soo, he got a timely hit by Kim Min-seok from second out and second base and 메이저사이트 scored the first run. However, he safely finished the inning by catching first base runner Kim Min-seok, who attempted to steal the base in the follow-up Jeon Jun-woo at-bat, as a check. 

Yun Yeong-cheol threw a total of 77 balls up to the 5th inning, passed the baton to Jeon Sang-hyun, and left the mound. He left behind senior pitchers with the winning pitcher condition.

Afterwards, all of the seniors did not let go of tension until the end to protect Yun Young-cheol’s first victory in his debut. He scored an additional six points on the batting line, and blocked the back door with only one run on the mound.

The result was a 10-2 victory for KIA. Yoon Yeong-cheol played a game of life that exceeded expectations, leading his team to victory and reaping his first victory in his debut. Coach Kim came up on the mound after the game and handed a bouquet of flowers to Young-chul Yoon to congratulate him on his first victory.

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