It was a game that almost suffered serious damage for LG. Fortunately, it was a dramatic come-from-behind victory, but looking back, it was also a dizzying moment.
The LG Twins won a 12-8 come-from-behind victory against the Lotte Giants in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 12th.
At the end of the 8th inning with a 5-4 lead, 안전놀이터LG made a super strong run with one company on first base. Lee Jung-yong, who is in charge of the temporary finisher, was placed on the mound. It was good that Lee Jeong-yong treated Jeon Jun-woo as a fly ball out in left field, but he was hit by An Chi-hong, and after a full count match with Ko Seung-min, he threw a 145 km fastball that led to a superior 3-run home run, allowing a 5-7 comeback.
Fortunately, LG turned around to 8-7 thanks to Kim Hyun-soo’s superior 2-run home run in the beginning of the 9th inning, scoring 7 points and widening the score to 12-7, bringing back the victory. If he did, he would have been hurt more than ever.
After the game, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “It was a tough game overall. The players did their best without giving up, so we were able to win, and it means a lot to win.” It was a game that could have come, but the team was able to win,” he said, saying that the one win in the match that day was not just one win.
LG was on a four-game winning streak, including sweeping all three matches against Samsung last weekend, but suffered a 5-6 defeat against Sajik Lotte on the 11th. Above all, the content of the game was not good, with only four errors. That is why the come-from-behind victory against Sajik Lotte on the 12th was even more valuable.
Above all, LG is currently playing the season in the absence of finisher Ko Woo-seok. Ko Woo-seok, who joined the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, had a practice game against the Orix Buffaloes on the 6th of last month and complained of a lump in his neck. As a result, he could not get on the mound even once in the first round of the WBC. Ko Woo-seok, who was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation through a re-examination after returning to LG, has now entered the stage of raising his senses in practice by appearing in Futures League games.
If you don’t have teeth, you have to hold on with your gums, but that’s not easy. Lee Jung-yong, who is serving as a temporary finisher due to Go Woo-seok’s vacancy, is already showing an uneasy appearance, recording three blown saves. He has already won two games this season, but has not recorded a single save. His ERA is also at an unstable level at 7.71.
LG is having a hard time equipping a complete team as not only Go Woo-seok but also field players such as Oh Ji-hwan and Lee Jae-won are injured one after another. That’s why you can’t just rely on the power of the other line. Although LG relieved its sigh with a dramatic come-from-behind victory, it seems that the key to determining the direction of the early race is how ‘backward’ baseball is played until Ko Woo-seok returns, as it still has an element of anxiety in the back door.