This time, ‘Door Lock’ was perfect. SSG Landers closer Seo Jin-yong added a save in 11 days, firmly maintaining the lead in the save category.
SSG escaped from a 5-game losing streak by winning 2-1 in Game 12 of the season against LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Incheon SSG Landers Field on the 20th.
The only points SSG picked on that day were Park Seong-han’s solo shot at the bottom of the 4th inning and Kang Jin-seong, the third base runner who stepped home when Go Woo-seok threw the bases with 2 outs at the bottom of the 8th inning. In other words, it is the story of overpowering LG with the power of the mound.
Starting pitcher Roennis Elias, who continued cruising until the middle of the game, played the most innings since his debut in the KBO League with 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 1 run in 8 innings.
Seo Jin-yong, who took the mound with a one-point lead, easily caught an outcount with lead hitter Hong Chang-ki’s floating ball to left field, but was allowed to steal after being hit by Shin Min-jae, the follow-up hitter, to the left. Seo Jin-yong, who was in danger of scoring with one company and second base in an instant, sighed as he turned Kim Hyun-soo into a looking strikeout.
However, Seo Jin-yong allowed Shin Min-jae to advance to third base with a wild throw from second base, and Austin, who hit a ground ball toward the third baseman, was judged safe at first base, and the score seemed to be tied at 2-2. The SSG bench immediately requested a video review, and third baseman Choi Jeong’s accurate throw reached first base before Austin’s feet. Then, as the centrifugal was overturned, the game ended with an out decision. Seo Jin-yong, who almost recorded his first blown save of the season, let out a sigh of relief only then.
After the game, Seo Jin-yong said, “The first and second bases were empty anyway, so even if I had a hard time dealing with Austin, I tried to deal with him as hard as possible because confident batters would come out next time. I pitched aggressively with the idea that it was a match between a good hitter and a pitcher,” he said.
Wouldn’t it have been burdensome for Seo Jin-yong, a “folk bowler,” to have Min-jae Shin go to third base with two outs and a wild fight coming out from second base? He didn’t care much, saying, “In a way, the forkball is the most confident pitch after the fastball, so I didn’t plan to throw it very low and forward, and I didn’t care much because I threw it with confidence in the course. I think I tried to throw it lower and stronger.” .메이저사이트
Seo Jin-yong, who is proud of his main weapon, the forkball, said, “I am so confident in my forkball that I got good results even when I threw 24 forkballs out of 25 pitches. He said, “Isn’t there a rule that always uses a forkball as a manned ball? Depending on the batter, there are also some that throw it into the strike zone with a high count, so although it is one type of pitch, it can be used in many ways.”
As the team’s losing streak got longer, Seo Jin-yong’s chances to pitch also decreased significantly. As a result, Seo Jin-yong, who took a break for 5 days after the game against Samsung Lions in Incheon on the 12th and went into a ‘closed business’ state, said, “Coaches, I talk to the players a lot when I go out, but when I can’t go out, I can’t go out so much that I said, ‘Isn’t it a business trip suspension? After laughing, “Anyway, since I saved for the first time in a while, I felt precious once again, and when the save situation came, I was grateful, so I thought about getting it.”