The hunt for a trusted finisher. Kiwoom Heroes’ dream of escaping a losing streak has been shattered.
Kiwoom lost 7-9 in an away game against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 23rd.
Both teams engaged in a fierce battle with a slugfest. SSG scored the first run at the end of the 3rd inning with Choi Jung’s 3-run home run, but Kiwoom immediately set up a counterfire by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning, SSG Choi Jung hit a timely hit and ran away to 4-2. However, in the beginning of the 7th inning, Kiwoom combined an opponent’s error and Kim Hwi-jip’s timely hit to produce 2 points and tie the score at 4-4.
SSG took the lead again with a single cannon shot. In the bottom of the 7th inning, after leadoff hitter Choi Jeong walked out, pinch hitter Choi Joo-hwan hit a superior two-run home run. Kiwoom pursued relentlessly. With the bases loaded with 2 out, Edison Russell hit with 2 RBIs to right-handed to turn the game around 6-6.
Kiwoom, who tied the score, pulled out the best bullpen card in the top of the 8th inning. It was the appointment of Kim Jae-woong, the finishing pitcher. However, Kim Jae-woong could not control the burning SSG line. Kim Jae-woong dedicated a left-center hit to lead hitter Kim Kang-min and a sacrifice bunt to Choi Ji-hoon, then sent Choi Jeong, who had an active 4 RBIs, to an automatic intention ball.
The nightmare has begun. In the 1st and 1st and 2nd bases, Kim Jae-woong was hit by Guillermo Heredia with a 1 RBI hit on the left, and in the ensuing 1-out 2nd and 3rd base crisis, Oh Tae-gon allowed 2 RBIs and a heavy timely hit. When the score reached 6-9, Kiwoom took Jaewoong Kim off the mound.
In the beginning of the 9th inning, Kiwoom revived the spark of hope with Jeon Byeong-woo’s timely hit on 1st and 2nd base. However, the pursuit ended when Lee Hyung-jong withdrew with a double hit at the bases loaded with the first run.
Kiwoom was deeply hurt by the collapse of bullpen ace Kim Jae-woong. Until the game that day, Kim Jae-woong recorded 2 hits, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 5 games in 5 games, firmly locking the back door.
Kiwoom was on a two-game losing streak and was in danger of a sweep loss. I tend to refrain from using a closer unless it is a save situation, but this game was different. He threw the number of wins by putting Kim Jae-woong early.토토사이트
Kiwoom had no reason to spare Jaewoong Kim. SSG’s batting line was hot, and they needed the strongest bullpen pitcher. Kim Jae-woong climbed the mound after a break on the 3rd, and there is no game on the 24th. Physically, there were no problems at all.
However, Kim Jae-woong only scored an outcount with the opponent’s sacrifice bunt, allowed 3 hits and 1 walk, and scored 3 runs. In the end, Kiwoom fell into the pit of three consecutive losses and suffered the second sweep loss of the season. As the guardian spirit protecting the team collapsed, the hero corps also finally lowered their heads.