“He’s like a big brother to me. I hope he’s not too hurt.”
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop hugged closer Ko Woo-seok, who had blown a blown save the day before by giving up the game-winning hit. Moon Bo-kyung, who was unable to handle the final pitch, said it was a growing process and summarized it as “all baseball, it can happen.”안전놀이터
Looking back on the previous day’s game ahead of the Suwon KT game on July 7, Yeom said, “Of course, as a manager, I’m very disappointed and upset. But when you play 144 games, games like this can happen. I think this is why baseball is often called life. You have to play this game and play that game,” he said.
“Anyway, for Woo-seok, yesterday’s game will be good for his future in baseball. It will be a great learning experience for the upcoming 30 games and big games this year, as well as for playing in the future,” he said, predicting that Go Woo-seok will use this setback to improve.
Go gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead on June 6. He gave up four hits and two walks, including a double to Moon Sang-chul, the first batter he faced. With two outs, a slider to Hwang Jae-gyun turned into a two-run double to left field over the third baseman’s head, ending the game.
Yoon said, “Woo-seok came to me and said he was sorry, but I was more sorry and sorry for him. He’s like a big son to me. I hope he doesn’t feel too hurt,” and hugged Go Woo-seok again. After throwing 22 pitches on the fifth and 36 pitches on the sixth, Go Woo-seok was removed from the game group. Along with him, Kim Jin-sung and Baek Seung-hyun, who had pitched back-to-back games the day before, will not pitch.
When asked about the pitcher he would use in a save situation, Yeom said, “I’m thinking about Yoo Young-chan. If I am in a save situation in the ninth inning today, I will operate the mound while thinking about Young-chan.”
In addition, Yeom emphasized that Moon Bo-kyung, who missed the last at-bat, is also in the process of growing. “In the past, (Oh) Ji-hwan and (Kim) Ha-sung did the same thing. They made a lot of mistakes. If it was worse than Bo-Kyung, it was worse, not less,” he said, adding, “If you take a player out because he made a mistake, he can’t grow. He can only stay where he is. Bo-Kyung is practically in her second year and this is the first year she’s played third base. She needs to take a good look at her mistakes and not make them again.”
Regarding the last at-bat in the ninth inning the previous day, he said, “In a situation where the bases are loaded like yesterday, it’s natural for the second baseman to cut off the start quickly, and in that case, you don’t care about the second baseman, you just have to catch the ball and throw it to first base. I didn’t make that judgment call and made a mistake, but that’s okay. Next time, you just have to throw to first base in the same situation.”
No changes to the lineup. 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 Sung-joo (left fielder), and Park Hae-min (center fielder) are the best lineup. The starting pitcher is Lee Jung-yong.
“After yesterday’s game, (Kim) Hyun-soo and (Oh) Ji-hwan gathered the players and comforted Woo-seok and Bo-kyung. As a coach, I’m grateful for this kind of behavior from our players. It felt good to see them organize themselves well,” he smiled.