The player who put an end to Lotte’s band electrode was the ‘Hold King of the Past’.
The Lotte Giants won 5-3 in the match against NC Dinos in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Changwon NC Park on the 23rd.
It was a really dramatic match. Lotte, who failed to produce even a single hit against opponent starting pitcher Lee Yong-jun until the 6th inning, was replaced by Kim Jin-ho in the beginning of the 7th inning, and An Chi-hong pierced the blood with a left-handed hit, but there was no score until the 8th inning, and the defeat seemed to be deepening.
An attack in the top of the 9th inning when the score was 0-3. Runners went out one or two at a time, and before they knew it, Jun-woo Jeon’s infield hit and the opponent’s shortstop’s error came out at the same time to tie the score at 3-3. Running away with -3 made the miracle a reality.
All that was left was the defense in the bottom of the ninth. However, Lotte had to find an alternative because finisher Kim Won-joong had already had three consecutive fights. Pil Seung-jo Choi Jun-yong started a long fight as soon as he came back, and set-up man Koo Seung-min was tired as he pitched in three games including a long fight this week alone. Lotte coach Larry Sutton also mentioned the three pitchers before the game and said, “I will not pitch because I am tired.”
Lotte’s choice was Kim Sang-soo. Kim Sang-soo, who was released from SSG at the end of last season, was called by Lotte. Kim Sang-soo, who has pitched with a sense of stability in the bullpen to the extent that he has already pitched in 11 games, was definitely a great alternative.
Leading batter Kim Joo-won got a right-handed hit, but Park Min-woo was grounded by shortstop, and Kim Sang-soo, who overpowered Chun Jae-hwan with a fly ball from center fielder in the first pitch, ended the game by inducing a miss with a 142km fastball in a full count match with Park Kun-woo.
After the game, Kim Sang-soo revealed that he pitched with extraordinary determination, saying, “I did not think much of it as a save situation.
Kim Sang-soo, who said,안전놀이터 “The team atmosphere is very good with this week’s winning streak,” said, “I think it’s important that there are no injured players in the future. I will contribute to the time when the team is needed so that this atmosphere can continue next week.” He also left a promise to continue the upward trend. Kim Sang-soo, who recorded 40 holds in 2019 when he was Kiwoom and set a new record for the most holds in a single season in the KBO League, is a 36-year-old veteran reliever with 105 personal holds and 46 saves. This year, he has played a vital role in the Lotte bullpen from the beginning of the season and is in line with the team’s upward trend.