Starter Eom Sangbaek has fully awakened. Park Kyung-soo, the oldest, had three hits in two years, and Kim Jae-yoon, the closer, made a save in 36 days. KT started to gain strength little by little. I got a taste of 2 consecutive victories that I haven’t had in over a month.
KT won 3-0 in a home game against Kiwoom held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 25th. On the 24th, Ko Young-pyo’s good pitching led to a 4-1 victory, followed by Eom Sang-baek’s good pitching to calm Kiwoom’s other line and win completely. Following An Woo-jin the previous day, Eric Yokishi this day won two consecutive victories against Kiwoom, who had a one-two punch at the forefront.
Eom Sang-baek recorded a quality start (6 innings or more, 3 earned runs or less) for the first time in May.
Eom Sang-baek, who was unable to pitch due to elbow pain right after the opening, took the mound for the first time in the match against SSG on April 19 and won his first victory with 5 scoreless innings. As soon as he returned, he seemed to be winning and continuing his momentum, but after that, he became a losing pitcher with 1 run in 5 innings and was shaken when he failed to win even after 7 scoreless innings. In May, he gave up 5 runs in 4 innings against Hanwha on the 7th and 5 runs in 5 innings against Lotte on the 13th, and then threw well with 4 hits and 1 run in 5 innings against Doosan on the 19th and won his second win of the season. And on this day, I pitched the second quality start after the opening against Kiwoom.
Until the 6th inning, he gave only 2 hits to batter Kim Hye-seong and allowed no hits to the other 8 batters. Eom Sang-baek, who had never sent a runner in scoring position, took the mound in the top of the 7th inning and was hit consecutively by Russell in the 4th and Won-Seok Lee in the 5th, recording 88 pitches and passing the ball to the bullpen. Park Young-hyeon kept Eom Sang-baek’s victory by clearing up the innings with a double hit and a ground ball to third base.
In the ninth, closer Kim Jae-yoon took the mound. After being hit by lead hitter Lim Ji-yeol and battling 13 pitches in the tenacious game of Lee Won-seok, the 5th hitter from 2nd and 1st base, he finished with a strikeout on a swing and kept the victory by 3 points and earned his 4th save of the season. Kim Jae-yoon’s save was 36 days after the SSG match on April 19, when KT won the last game in a row.
On the other line, Park Kyung-soo flew. Park Kyung-soo, who started as second baseman number 7, hit middle left with one out and second base at the end of the 2nd inning, hit base as the lead batter at the end of the 4th inning and got a heavy hit. made a double in the year. The first hit in the second inning became the link to KT’s first run, and the double at the end of the seventh inning led to a wedge score as large runner Lee Sang-ho scored KT’s third run with an infield ground ball and an opponent’s error. It has been just two years since the match against Suwon SSG on May 26, 2021, that Park Kyung-soo had three hits in one game.
After winning,안전놀이터 Eom Sang-baek said, “Now I have to play KT baseball.” KT showed through two consecutive victories in a month or so that if the starters endured strongly first, the batters supported and protected them from the bullpen, and the victory that became a symbol after rising to a strong team. Park Kyung-soo said, “There are only things left to improve, and only players who will return. There are 100 more matches. I will rebound,” he said.