The first game of ‘War of Yeop’ ended with LG’s complete victory. While Doosan made a lot of defensive mistakes, LG calmly took advantage of the opportunity.
The LG Twins won 13-4 in the first match of the season against the Doosan Bears of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 14th. This is the result of overcoming an unfavorable selection matchup. Kim Yun-sik, who is not yet in 100% condition, caught Raul Alcantara, the starting pitcher for Doosan’s opening game. On the one hand, it was a game in which Doosan destroyed itself. Of Alcantara’s 7 runs, only 1 earned run.
LG gave up a first run in the first inning. Kim Yun-sik allowed Kim Jae-hwan to hit 1 RBI in a timely manner after being hit in a row by Heo Kyung-min and Yang Seok-hwan and driven into a crisis. Right-handed hitters Heo Gyeong-min and Yang Seok-hwan were attacked with a changeup and left-handed batter Kim Jae-hwan with a slider. Pitching coach Kim Kyung-tae stepped onto the mound, and Kim Yun-sik caught Yang Eui-ji as the next hitter with a double hit by shortstop and finished the first inning with one run.
LG’s counterattack was from the second inning. After a run, Moon Bo-gyeong’s hit followed by Kim Min-sung’s double hit in the middle right at the right time. Kim Ki-yeon and Seo Geon-chang were each caught with a strikeout and center fielder’s fly ball, but Alcantara increased the number of pitches by playing an 8-pitch game. 안전놀이터
The 3rd and 4th innings all came from Doosan’s mistakes. After one out in the third inning, Hong Chang-ki went on base due to a second baseman error. Moon Seong-joo hit an infield hit at shortstop. On 2nd, 1st and 2nd base, Austin Dean hit a 2-RBI double that skimmed the side of the 3rd baseman. LG started to lead 3-1.
In the 4th episode, Doosan’s mistakes continued during LG’s 3rd consecutive bunt operation. During Kim Ki-yeon’s bunt, shortstop Kim Jae-ho failed to catch the ball from second base. After Seo Geon-chang’s strong attack, second baseman Lee Yu-chan couldn’t handle the batted ball at once. At this time, Kim Min-seong, who started from second base, entered the home. Park Hae-min’s bunt attempt also led to an infield hit.
With Hong Chang-ki’s strikeout and Moon Seong-joo’s midfielder’s fly ball, LG almost scored only one point in this golden opportunity. However, Kim Hyun-soo widened the score to 7-1 with 3 RBIs and 2 bases in the middle right.
In the 5th inning, Kim Min-sung’s double, followed by Seo Geon-chang’s left-handed hit and Park Hae-min’s timely double hit made it 9-1. In the 6th episode, after Kim Hyun-soo hit a timely hit, he was replaced by Song Chan-eui, the runner-up. Kim Hyun-soo scored 4 RBIs with 2 hits. In the 8th inning, Moon Bo-kyung and Kim Ki-yeon also hit the right time.
LG starter Kim Yun-sik allowed 5 innings with 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 1 run while giving up the first run in the first inning. As the score gap widened, LG employed a number of bullpen pitchers, not Pil Seung-jo. From the 6th inning, Park Myeong-geun (1 inning), Lee Ji-gang (1⅓ innings, 3 runs), Lee Woo-chan (⅔ innings), Lee Jung-yong (1 inning) put the game to an end.
In the 5th inning, LG removed shortstop Kim Min-seong and appointed Kim Joo-seong as shortstop after the runner-up. Doosan also promised to play on the 15th by replacing Euiji Yang and Jose Rojas in the 6th inning. Doosan starter Alcantara took the loss with 7 hits and 7 runs (1 earned run) in 4 innings.