Shouldn’t have left Kim Yu-seong in the crisis situation of the 5th episode, which was narrowly behind by 2-3. It was a home debut that was too harsh for a rookie.
The 6th confrontation of the season between Doosan Bears and Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 4th.
Doosan’s starter Dylan’s file, which made his KBO league debut after brushing off a bruise, collapsed early with 5 hits (2 homers), 2 walks and 5 runs in 4 innings. Up to the 3rd inning, they recorded 1 hit and no runs based on the fast tempo, but in the 4th inning, Roh Si-hwan and Kim In-hwan hit a solo home run and a 2-run home run, respectively. He got on base and was in danger of 1st and 2nd base unscathed.
Doosan Bench, who judged the 5th inning as the winner, made a decision to crush Dylan, who threw 89. It was interpreted as a strong will not to give an extra point in the narrow 2-3 score. However, the pitcher who appeared on the 1st and 2nd base safely was none other than Kim Yoo-seong, a rookie who made his debut against Incheon SSG on April 28th. Of course, at the time, he showed off his ability to lead the 1st team and scored 1 scoreless inning, but it was considered a bit of an adventure to raise a rookie who only played 1 game in the 5th inning crisis.
Kim Yoo-seong could not overcome the pressure. He seemed to be looking at a pitcher who was less than relaxed. That’s how serious the jegu hunting was. Following a wild pitch with the mound, he let Noh Si-hwan out with a straight walk and got the bases loaded safely. He met Chae Eun-seong, the 4th hitter, and allowed a painful left-handed home run. After the first ball, the 146km body fastball thrown from the second pitch went over the left wall. It was his first goal in his debut.
Kim Yoo-seong could hardly find stability. He sent out follow-ups Kim In-hwan and Choi Jae-hoon on consecutive walks, and allowed another walk to Oh Seon-jin following Moon Hyun-bin’s second baseman grounder, and was loaded with one out. Nevertheless, the Doosan bench was immovable. The rookie faced 6 batters and allowed 4 walks and 1 home run, but there was no movement of substitution. In the end, Kim Yoo-seong, who was shaken, gave up the victory completely to Hanwha, with Jang Jin-hyeok’s one RBI and timely hit, and Noh Su-gwang’s sacrifice fly, allowing two additional runs.
Kim Yoo-seong also took the mound in the 6th inning. The gap widened to 7 points, but the zero point was still not caught. After hitting a solo home run by leader Noh Si-hwan, Chae Eun-seong was sent out on a straight walk and continued to shake. Kim Yu-seong passed the mound to first baseman Kim Myung-shin in the 6th inning, trailing 2-10, and ended his home debut in a bittersweet way. 안전놀이터
Afterwards, Doosan put veteran Kim Myung-shin on the mound to deal with the crisis, and from the 7th to the 9th innings, 3 consecutive scoreless innings, but it was already after giving 10 points to the opponent. Rather, it is regrettable what it would have been like if Kim Myung-shin, who had a stable pitch and had a lot of experience, had been put in at the timing of Kim Yu-seong’s pitching. Even if it wasn’t necessarily during the crisis in the 5th inning, a different aspect could have unfolded in the second half if Kim Myung-shin’s card had suppressed the run when Kim Yu-seong was shaken by a series of walks.
In the end, Doosan lost to Hanwha 3-10 and fell into a 2-game losing streak. The mound management was a little unconvincing, resulting in 13 wins, 1 draw and 13 losses in the season, putting the 50% win rate at risk.