Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

Second-year Choi Ji-min (19), who transformed into a monster pitcher for the KIA Tigers, has emerged as the core of the Pilseungjoo. 

KIA won 3-2 by defending Socrates Brito’s two-run home run in the third inning against Kiwoom Heroes in Gwangju on the 20th. Although he fell with 5 consecutive losses, he sprinted for 4 consecutive wins and returned with 18 wins and 17 losses and a win rate of more than 50%. In the process, reliever pitcher Choi Ji-min, who transformed into a monster pitcher, is active. 

On this day,안전놀이터 the place of victory was Choi Ji-min’s starting point. While maintaining a narrow lead by one point, Jeon Sang-hyun gave up a double from Kim Tae-jin after one death in the 8th inning. The call went straight into the bullpen. It was a call-up for left-hander Choi Ji-min. Kiwoom hired pinch hitters Song Seong-moon and Kim Hwi-jip one after another. 

Choi Ji-min threw a 149km inside fastball against Song Seong-moon and threw two sliders to induce a floating ball in right field. In the face of Kim Hui’s house, he used 149km-149km-148km-148km fastballs one after another. Then, he induced a swing with a 133 km slider, and finally threw a 149 km fastball and caught it with a shortstop ground ball. 

The bats of Kiwoom’s two hitters were pushed by the powerful pitch. It was Choi Ji-min’s perfect escape from the crisis. Jeong Hae-young, who received the spirit, got 3 outs without a hit and on base in the 9th inning and won the save by one point. The point of appointment itself meant that Choi Ji-min’s position had been upgraded. 

On the 16th, against Daegu Samsung, Choi Ji-min saved starter Sean Anderson and got 4 out counts and won the salvation victory. It was his first win in two years as a pro. Then, in the game the next day (17th), Jung Hae-young, who finished the game at the end of the 9th inning, gave up 3 runs and made a relief mound in a 7-6 situation with 1 out and 2 base, and defeated Koo Ja-wook and Kang Min-ho to secure the victory and win the first save. 

In the game against Kiwoom in Gwangju on the 19th, he did not pitch due to a large score difference of 10-1. After taking a sweet break for two days, he took the mound at the most important moment of the day and took another hold as a stepping stone to victory with a perfect pitch. He recently went scoreless in 14 consecutive games and lowered his earned run average to 1.33. Now, it has been upgraded to 8 men.

A rookie who could not even throw ERA of 13.50 and 140km in six games last year transformed into a monster relief pitcher. Choi Ji-min’s performance along with Lim Ki-young’s dedication to working hard as a longman in the bullpen is a tremendous boost to the bullpen. Jang Hyun-shik, Jeon Sang-hyun, and Jung Hae-young, who have been relatively slow, fill gaps in the JJJ line. He has firmly established himself as a blessing and treasure. 

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