Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 27th, when LG and KT faced off for the 10th time in the 2023 KBO League. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop, who met in the dugout before the game, said, “It is the position of a coach that I don’t want to create a crisis, but the more I do it, the more difficult it is.” Despite trying so hard not to create a crisis, he lost five games in a row. “Oh, I feel that my capabilities are still insufficient,” he complained.
LG, which finished the first half with two consecutive losses, is also losing five consecutive games, giving up all three games in the second half that began on the 21st. At the end of the first half, the gap with second-place SSG was 2.5 games, but the gap narrowed to 0.5 games as they lost three consecutive games in the second half.
LG Twins manager Yeom Kyung-yeop is interviewing reporters at Suwon KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, on the 27th. Yonhap News Agency
The defeat against Suwon KT on the 꽁머니 26th is even more painful. He mobilized all bullpen pitchers, including closer Ko Wook-seok, but lost 3-4 after a neck-and-neck race in the 12th inning of extra time. Coach Yeom said, “Yesterday, I broke down our own framework to really end our losing streak. Nevertheless, since you lost, the damage you receive is even greater. It’s a shame,” he said.
Recalling the match against KT on the 26th, Yeom’s most regrettable point was the attack in the top of the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth inning, when the score was 3-3, leadoff hitter Oh Ji-hwan walked on base and had a good chance of first base with no outs. Since then, Oh Ji-hwan has stolen second base right away on the first pitch, and Park Dong-won of the batter’s box has missed and helped Oh Ji-hwan steal. Oh Ji-hwan settled safely on second base and took a decisive opportunity for second base with no outs.
Recalling the situation at the time, director Yeom said, “I was very worried. I wonder whether I should order Andrew or Bunt to Dongwon I chose a stable bunt,” he said. However, Park Dong-won’s bunt rose and wasted an out count with a catcher’s foul fly.
There was also the influence of the ball count. Coach Yeom said, “I thought a lot about how to send (Oh) Ji-hwan to third base if he got on base as the leadoff hitter. The idea was to send him to third base with bunt or Andrew after stealing second base. If the first pitch to (Park) Dong-won had become a ball, he would have chosen Andrew. Even if it’s a foul, you can aim for a bunt again in one strike. However, when Dong-won helped steal with a swing, the first pitch became a strike, and that’s why he chose a bunt,” he explained.
After all, it is a consequence theory. If Park Dong-won’s bunt rolled stably on the ground and Oh Ji-hwan settled on third base, there was no need to regret this. With Park Dong-won’s out, Moon Bo-kyung’s heavy hit exploded, but Oh Ji-hwan was tagged out from home due to KT center fielder Bae Jung-dae’s perfect home throw.
Head coach Yeom said, “If the opponent’s throw had come a little to the side, it would have been a close game, but the opponent did well.” It seems that the luck of the game was going to be like that,” he said, adding, “There are still many games left. I’m going to think it’s a relief that this crisis didn’t come at the end of the season. “I had a brief meeting with the players with this message,” he said.
LG will put forward Lee Jung-yong, who switched from the bullpen to the starting agent on the 27th. KT’s starting pitcher is alternative foreign pitcher Cuevas. I think I’m behind in the matchup. Lee Jung-yong also has a 90 pitch limit. It seems that it is not easy for LG to escape its losing streak as it has consumed a lot of key bullpen agents during the coalition battle the previous day. Head coach Yeom expressed expectations, saying, “It’s time for (Lee) Jung-yong to be scratched once.”