Even in a difficult situation for the starting lineup, the ‘left-handed rookie’ is quietly doing his job. The main character is KIA Tigers Yoon Young-cheol.메이저놀이터
KIA won 12-4 in the 12th game of the season against SSG Landers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd, securing the winning series and running a 7-game winning streak. KIA’s 7th consecutive win has been 753 days since the Gwangju Hanwha Eagles game on August 10, 2021.
Yoon Young-cheol, who was in charge of the starting role, overcame the crisis with scoring support from the batting line. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 7 hits (1 home run), walked out, struck out 5, and allowed 3 runs, earning his 8th win of the season. It was the first win in 29 days since the Hanwha match in Gwangju on the 4th of last month.
As the batting line scored two runs each in the top of the first and second innings, Young-Cheol Yoon stood on the mound with a much more relaxed mind. Following a three-way strike in the bottom of the first inning, they gained strength by continuing their scoreless streak in the bottom of the second. However, the flaw was that he was hit by a two-run shot by Lee Heung-ryeon at first base with no outs in the bottom of the third inning.
Young-Cheol Yoon contributed one more run in the bottom of the 4th inning thanks to Seong-Hyun Kim’s 1 RBI and timely hit, but he met the victory requirements by completing 5 innings on his own. It was encouraging that he finished his pitch without a dead ball for the first time since the Gwangju Samsung Lions game on July 12th.
How does the command tower view Yoon Young-cheol? When asked about Yoon Young-cheol ahead of the SSG match on the 2nd, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “In the case of his last appearance (August 27 against Hanwha in Gwangju), he put in a lot of effort because it was a game that attracted a lot of attention (match with Moon Dong-ju), and he won his first match. “There were a lot of walks, just like in the game. I think he was conscious of that,” he said.
Coach Kim continued, “I think I’ll pitch much better if I’m not conscious of it. Because of that (Rookie of the Year competition), it became an issue last time with Moon Dong-ju, so if you have the mindset that you must win, your body will react and your strength will increase.” “I’m going in,” he said.
Meanwhile, the player that coach Kim Jong-guk mentioned was Yang Hyun-jong. Yang Hyun-jong, who returned to the second team to reorganize, achieved quality starts and starting wins in his last two appearances, providing an opportunity for a rebound. In the match against SSG on the 1st, he surpassed Song Jin-woo (163 wins) and broke the KBO League record for the most individual starting wins.
Coach Kim said, “Just as Yang Hyun-jong got good results because he threw with peace of mind, I hope Yoon Young-cheol can do it with ease.” The head coach thinks he should throw the ball as it should rather than be greedy for the title.
Perhaps thanks to that, Yoon Young-cheol decorated his first appearance in September with a victory. There were a lot of hits and there were still things to improve, such as allowing a home run in three consecutive games, but it was a game in which there were elements of hope for both the team and individuals. Attention is focused on whether he will continue his current trend for the remainder of the season.