LG Twins manager Yeom Kyung-yeop expressed regret over foreign pitcher Casey Kelly’s pitch.
Kelly started in Game 13 of the season against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul 꽁머니지급 on the 11th, recording three hits, three walks and five strikeouts in five innings. The interval between the mound was adjusted in the aftermath of being hit by a ball in the match against Kiwoom in Jamsil on the 3rd, the previous appearance, and he took a rest for more than a week before taking the mound.
Until the fifth inning, the flow seemed to be smooth. Kelly, who continued his scoreless streak, met the winning pitcher requirements thanks to the batters’ scoring support, but failed to exceed the top of the sixth inning. He allowed four consecutive on-base hits, including a walk by leadoff hitter Jeon Byung-woo, and eventually, the LG bench, which could no longer be watched, took the timing to replace the pitcher. Kim Jin-sung, who took over the mound with no outs and a full base, allowed two successors to score, and Kelly’s victory also flew away.
At least, the bullpen pitchers who followed did their part and did not allow the reversal, but LG almost collapsed in an instant with a large number of runs.
The head coach was also disappointed that Kelly failed to finish the inning until the end. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop said before the match against Kiwoom on the 12th, “We were able to win the previous day’s game thanks to Ham Deok-ju’s blocking in the top of the sixth inning with one out and runners on first and third base,” adding, “In the case of Kelly, we couldn’t say that the content up to the fifth inning was good.”
In particular, what the head coach mentioned was the so-called “off-speed pitch,” which can take away the timing with breaking balls. Coach Yeom said, “The most important thing is the off-speed pitch. “There should be a breaking ball that falls into a bell like a change-up or a forkball, but the value of the change-up has decreased,” he said.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “There are many pitches, and when they collapse, they often collapse at once,” adding, “We will talk about the off-speed pitch one more in-depth,” adding, “There is not only this season, but there is a more important postseason, and next season, so I think we should explain once again that if it is not made.”