“I feel like I’ve been throwing my own ball for a long time, so it feels good. I want to go as high as possible with my teammates.”
온라인카지노Lee Yoo-soong, who led KT Wiz to victory with a reverse pitch, shared his feelings.
On the 29th, he started against the NC Dinos of the 2023 KBO Baseball League at Changwon NC Park and threw 99 pitches in 6.1 innings, giving up one run on eight hits, one walk, five strikeouts, and one hit batter to lead KT to an 8-2 victory.
Yoo Yeo-seong led KT to victory with a strong pitch in the Changwon NC on Sept. 29. Photo by Kim Young-gu
It was a game where his crisis management skills stood out. He had runners on first and second in the first inning, runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth inning, and runners on first and second in the sixth inning. The third and fourth innings completed a triple play, and the only run allowed was a left field single to leadoff hitter Yoon Hyung-jun in the seventh inning.
Speaking after the game, Lee said, “I feel good because it’s been a long time since I threw my own ball on the mound. I will prepare to maintain today’s balance until the end of the season so that I can be more helpful to the team,” he said with a bright smile.
Lee was also encouraged by the offense, which scored eight runs on 13 hits, including Moon Sang-chul’s game-winning three-run shot in the second inning.
“From the beginning of the game, the batters gave up runs one after another. So even when we had runners in scoring position, we thought about giving up one run and facing the next batter. I pitched confidently because I had good corners and good balance.”
Lee, who began his professional career in 2015 when he was drafted by the Lotte Giants with the 88th overall pick in the ninth round of the second round, has been wearing KT’s uniform since the 2017 season. Until last year, he had a career record of 32-36 with a 4.13 ERA in 128 games (557.2 innings pitched).
However, Choi fell into a deep slump early this year. In April, he had a 5.32 ERA, followed by a 4.41 ERA in May. In June, he seemed to rebound with a 2-1 record and a 1.25 ERA, but he struggled in his last start before the NC, against the Daegu Samsung Lions on June 23 (four runs and three earned runs in four innings). Manager Lee Kang-cheol and teammate Ko Young-pyo offered him a helping hand.
“Before this trip, the coach told me that my arm seemed to be throwing a little lower than it should, so I paid attention to that,” said Lee. “A few days before the game, I also talked to (Ko) Young-pyo while watching my pitching video. I tried to force the motion when it was good, but it didn’t come out well. Young Pyo-hyung watched me from the side and helped me make a good motion, so I had a good balance from the first inning. The coach and Young Pyo-hyung helped me a lot,” he said.
With the win, KT improved to 43 wins, two draws, and 43 losses, returning to a 5-percent winning percentage for the first time in 99 days since April 21 against the Jamsil Doosan Bears. The team remains unchanged in fifth place, but only one game behind fourth-place NC (43 wins, one draw and 41 losses) and two games behind third-place Doosan Bears (44 wins, one draw and 40 losses). After an abysmal start to the season that left them in last place, it looks like they’re getting closer and closer to fall baseball.
Notably, Yoo will be joining the Merchant Marine after this season to serve in the military. It’s his last season before enlisting in the military, so he has a lot of goals and thoughts.
He said, “I have no personal ambitions. It’s my last season before enlisting in the military, so I want to go as high as possible with my teammates,” he said, adding, “I will do my best to perform as well as I did in the 2021 season (when KT won the overall title).”