SSG Landers escaped from a 4-game losing streak. ‘19-year-old high school super rookie’ Song Young-jin, who started as a starter that day, was beaten 4 times after overdoing 6 walks. Nevertheless, SSG fans who visited the scene applauded generously. Still, this is because the team threw the ball vigorously in difficult situations.
SSG won 8-5 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO league away game against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 20th. With this, SSG escaped from 4 consecutive losses by ending 3 consecutive matches with KT with 1 win and 2 losses. SSG marked 8-7. On the other hand, KT recorded 7 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses as their 3-game winning streak was interrupted.
SSG starting pitcher Song Young-jin climbed the mound with the special mission of escaping from a losing streak. SSG fans had high expectations. That is also because Song Young-jin showed a good performance in the last game. Before this game, he pitched in 3 games and had 1 win, no loss and an average earned run of ‘0’. He allowed just one hit in 9⅔ total innings. His batting average was 0.037. 10 strikeouts, 6 walks.
Song Young-jin, who graduated from Daejeon Yucheon Elementary School, Hanbat Middle School, and Daejeon High School, wore the SSG uniform with the 15th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2023 rookie draft. His signing contract is 150 million won. 메이저사이트
In his debut match against KIA on the last 2 days, he made a strong debut by fighting hard with 1⅔ innings, 1 hit and no runs. Then, on the 8th, against Hanwha, he successfully pitched a no-hit pitch with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings. Eventually, on the 14th, he got a chance to make his first start against NC, and earned his first professional win by throwing a no-hit pitch with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 5 innings.
Second start after a five-day break. SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said before the game, “It is true that the atmosphere of the team has deteriorated because the overall team performance is not good.”
He said about Song Young-jin, “If you spread your ball with confidence, there will be good results.” “Maybe (Song) Young-jin doesn’t have any thoughts. Rather, that’s better. Pitchers shouldn’t think too much. . He also knows how to strike with a breaking ball at an unfavorable ball count.
At the end of the first inning, Song Yeong-jin grounded lead hitter Kim Min-hyeok to second base, then allowed Kang Baek-ho to hit a double that fell inside the left field line. The missed ball landed in an exquisite spot and led to a double. Kang Baek-ho’s run on base was good, as he ran without giving up until the end. However, Song Young-jin did not waver and threw his ball vigorously. After striking out Alford, who was ranked first in batting average, on the 6th pitch, he swung and struck out, and even induced Park Byeong-ho with a fly ball to center fielder.
Was it just that he was overly conscious of corner work from the second episode onwards? Lead batter Jang Seong-woo and follow-up Park Kyung-soo each allowed a walk after a 6-pitch game. Song Young-jin, driven to the crisis of 1st and 2nd base safely. However, he overcame the risk of conceding by inducing Shin Bon-ki with a ground ball to third base, Hong Hyun-bin with a third base foul fly ball, and Kim Sang-su with a shortstop fly ball.
With SSG leading 1 point against KT 1st starting ace Benjamin in the 3rd inning, Song Young-jin climbed the mound. Leading batter Kim Min-hyeok hit a double that fell to the left of the left fielder, but Kang Baek-ho was induced with a ground ball in front of the pitcher.
However, he gave up consecutive walks to Alford and Park Byung-ho, and was driven to the bases loaded crisis. I left the good fastball and played with the slider, but the ninth pitch did not listen. Crisis with 1 Company Full Base. Here, Seong-Woo Jang was induced to ground the shortstop, but Seong-Han Park made a decisive catch mistake. It led to a double play, and the situation that should have ended the inning led to a run. Continuing to give Shin Bong-gi a push walk after two deaths, the game turned over to 1-2.
In the top of the 4th inning, SSG launched a solo shot by Kim Kang-min and a solo shot by Oh Tae-gon (Season 2 and his 1098th consecutive home run). 3-2 come-from-behind. The fourth inning followed. Song Young-jin stepped on the mound again. However, he gave up a walk to lead batter Kim Sang-soo. In the end, director Kim Won-hyung made a decision. Two more innings could have met the requirements for a winning pitcher, but SSG, whose urgent priority was to escape from four consecutive losses, made a bold move. 4 times grated. Still, SSG fans who visited KT Wiz Park in Suwon applauded Song Young-jin generously.
Song Young-jin’s performance that day was 3 innings, 2 hits, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned). The total number of pitches is 70. While throwing 44 fastballs, 19 sliders, 5 forkballs, and 2 curveballs, respectively, the fastest speed reached 149km. At the same time, it was the day that the march of the average ERA of ‘0’ ended.
Still, SSG fans applauded enthusiastically. If it wasn’t for Park Seong-han’s mistake, he could have gone on longer innings. He also showed his ability to manage risks by minimizing runs even with 6 walks. Considering that he is still a high school graduate, it was a match where he had a good experience. Choi Min-joon, who came to the mound, allowed Park Byeong-ho to hit at the right time, increasing Song Young-jin’s run to 3 points.
SSG succeeded in targeting Benjamin in the 5th inning and ran away with 3 points. Choi Ji-hoon scored a sacrifice RBI for center fielder in the chance of a bases loaded with 1 out, and then Choi Jung scored 2 RBIs and
left-middle timely hit . . However, Baek Seung-gun brought himself into a crisis with a bases loaded safely with walks, hits, and walks. SSG put in veteran Noh Kyung-eun. It was the winning point of the match that day. Noh Kyung-eun took a breather by treating Byeong-ho Park as a catcher. However, he gave up 2 RBIs to Seong-Woo Jang, who was the follow-up.
1 point difference. In the 7th, KT lowered Benjamin and put in Kim Young-hyun. SSG showed concentration again. Choi Ji-hoon’s hit and Choi Jeong’s double added a run, and Oh Tae-gon scored an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center fielder. The score was 8-5. In the end, SSG kept the 3-point lead well until the end and finally escaped from the losing streak.
In the SSG line-up with 12 hits, Choi Jeong flew with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 3 RBIs and 1 run, while Kim Kang-min, Kim Seong-hyeon and Kim Min-sik played an active part in multi-hits. On the mound, Song Young-jin, Choi Min-joon, Baek Seung-geon, and Noh Kyung-eun followed by Lee Ro-wun and Seo Jin-yong were responsible for scoring no runs in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively. On the other hand, KT starter Benjamin took the first loss (2 wins) of the season with 8 hits (2 homers), 3 walks, 3 strikeouts and 6 runs (6 earned) in 6 innings. Then, Kim Young-hyeon (2 runs), Kim Tae-oh, and Lee Chae-ho threw one inning each. Kang Baek-ho’s multi-hit KT only had 7 sporadic hits.