“He was very sorry”… Ko Woo-seok, who was unable to protect the 3-point gap, remains confident in the command tower.
The closer was unable to maintain the 3-point lead, but the head coach gave encouragement instead of criticism. LG Twins coach Yeom Kyung-yeop still believes in Go Woo-seok.
LG suffered a 3-4 defeat in the away game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 6th. The season record was 68 wins, 2 draws and 44 losses.
LG, which was ahead by 3 runs thanks to starting pitcher Casey Kelly’s good pitching, brought out closing pitcher Ko Woo-seok in the bottom of the 9th inning. However, Go Woo-seok began to falter with leadoff hitter Moon Sang-cheol’s double and follow-up hitter Jang Seong-woo’s RBI single at the right time, and after Ahn Chi-young’s strikeout at first base with no outs, he gave up a walk to Park Kyung-soo, putting himself in a scoring crisis.
Afterwards, Go Woo-seok allowed Bae Jeong-dae to hit a timely hit with 1 RBI, narrowing the gap between the two teams to 1 point, and even Kim Sang-soo walked on first and second bases with one out and one out, leaving all bases full. Go Woo-seok took a breather when third base runner Park Gyeong-soo forced out when Kim Min-hyuk grounded out to first base, but the game ended with a walk-off hit to Hwang Jae-gyun with the bases loaded and two outs. A ground ball with a large bounce grazed the glove of third baseman Bo-kyung Moon and went into the outfield, allowing third base runner Bae Jeong-dae and second base runner Sang-soo Kim to hit the home run.
Neither third baseman Bo-kyung Moon, who could not catch the ball, nor Woo-seok Ko, who could not finish the game on his own, could hide their dejected expressions. Catcher Park Dong-won lost strength in his legs while looking at the batted ball and collapsed on the spot.
LG coach Yeom Kyeong-yeop said before the 13th game of the season against KT on the 7th, “Isn’t that like that in baseball? From a coach’s perspective, it’s very disappointing and upsetting, but after playing 144 games, this is the part where they say baseball is life.” ) I think the game will get better for Go Woo-seok, both in playing baseball and in the remaining games. It will be an opportunity for him to think about it one more time,” he said positively.
After the game, key players such as Kim Hyun-soo and Ko Woo-seok delivered positive messages to the team. Coach Yeom said, “Fortunately, Kim Hyun-soo and Oh Ji-hwan have played their senior roles very well. As a coach, I am very happy to see the entire team.” He added, “It is a difficult situation, but I think comforting and taking care of each other will help Moon Bo-kyung and Ko Woo-seok recover quickly.” He expressed his gratitude.
The most disappointing moment for LG was giving up a walk to Park Kyung-soo when they were ahead by two points. Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop said, “The most decisive thing was Park Kyung-soo’s walk. In that regard, he had to throw a fastball, but he must have felt why he threw a breaking ball when the ball count was 3-2.”안전놀이터
Coach Yeom Kyeong-yeop said, “He came to me today (the 7th) and was very sorry. So I felt even more sorry. I think the eldest son on our team came to his father and said, ‘I’m sorry that my family has suffered because of me.'” He said, ‘It’s okay, my eldest son. There are many more games where you played well, so if you feel and think about what went wrong in yesterday’s game, it will be a great help in the remaining 30 games and in the big games as well.’”
Another player who was the head coach was Moon Bo-kyung. Coach Yeom said, “It’s all experience, and there were a few games where we won by hitting a home run because of you, so the coach is okay. But you shouldn’t repeat your mistakes.” When there is a runner in front of you, you should always remember that the runner behind you will come quickly. “I didn’t think about that, so when a runner caught my eye, I instantly became impatient,” he said. “Moon Bo-kyung is now in his second year, and with experience, he can develop into a player like Choi Jeong (SSG Landers) over the next two to three years.” “I told him not to worry (about mistakes) because he is a player who is in the process of improving step by step,” he said.
Moon Bo-kyung will also appear as a starter in the game on the 7th. LG opposing Go Young-pyo is Hong Chang-ki (right fielder) – Shin Min-jae (second baseman) – Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter) – Austin Dean (first baseman) – Moon Bo-kyung (third baseman) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Park Dong-won (catcher) – Moon Seong-joo (left fielder) )-Park Hae-min (center fielder) formed the lineup in that order. The starting pitcher is Lee Jeong-yong.
Go Woo-seok, Baek Seung-hyun, and Kim Jin-seong, who completed a series of fights, will take a rest on this day. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop explains that when the closing pitcher comes out, Yoo Young-chan takes responsibility for the back door, otherwise Yoo Young-chan will not play in the game.