SSG Landers manager Kim Won-hyung liked the way his young bullpen battled through a disappointing loss rather than giving up walks.
Speaking ahead of their 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular-season home game against the KIA Tigers at SSG Landers Field in Michuhol-gu, Incheon on Sunday,토스카지노 manager Kim Won-hyung said, “Even if they get (hits) after two strikes, they need to be aggressive and create something for themselves to fight for on the mound. Yesterday’s (Jan. 1) game was one of them, and although the players gave up a run, I think it was fine,” he said.
SSG lost its second straight game the day before, falling 2-10 to KIA. While starter Roenis Elias was knocked around for five runs in five innings, the young bullpen of Lee Eun-wook, Song Young-jin, and Jung Sung-gon also accumulated runs.
There were some bright spots. SSG has given up the most walks in the league this season with 469. But except for Song Young-jin’s walk to Kim Do-young in the ninth inning, the three pitchers did not issue a walk in the remaining four innings and battled batters in favorable pitch counts.
Coach Kim said, “The problem with the bullpen has been giving up runs at critical times. I think we just need to hold on this time, but we gave up a run at that time and I think it was a walk,” Kim said. “The must-win groups may give up walks in a close game, but I’ve been telling the younger players, such as Lee Kun-wook, Song Young-jin, and Jung Sung-gon, that they need to actively fight with the batters when the score is close,” he emphasized.
A prime example was the top of the seventh inning confrontation between Lee and Kim. After a clean sixth inning with a triple play, Lee had a favorable two-strike, one-ball count against the leadoff hitter, Kim Do-young, but he hit a single up the middle. He then allowed a stolen base and gave up a single to right to Na Sung-bum for the first run.
“In the second inning (7th), Lee Kun-wook got a two-strike, one-ball hit off Kim Do-young, but it was fine. “I told the players and the pitching coach that I wanted them to be aggressive, because when you’re losing, you can take a home run. If you give up a run like that, there’s nothing wrong with it.” “I think we did a good job. I think they did a good job.” He praised the players.
Meanwhile, SSG, which will meet left-handed rookie Yoon Young-chul for the fourth time, lined up as Choo Shin-soo (right fielder), Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder), Choi Jeong (third baseman), Guillermo Heredia (designated hitter), Ha Jae-hoon (left fielder), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Oh Tae-gon (first baseman), Kim Sung-hyun (second baseman), and Lee Heung-ryun (catcher). The starting pitcher was Moon Seung-won.