2 innings pitched alternative starter 3 innings perfect + 3⅔ innings scoreless, a stepping stone to a draw

Lee Tae-yang, a substitute starter for Hanwha, successfully completed his mission. He produced top-notch results even with a limited number of pitches.

On the 20th, Lee Tae-yang started in the LG Twins game of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul and recorded 3⅔ innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs. Hanwha prevented defeat with Lee Tae-yang’s good pitching in the early stages and the operation of pouring 7 bullpens.안전놀이터

It was a starting pitch in place of Kim Min-woo. Kim Min-woo was removed from the first team after being replaced after being hit on the elbow in the SSG match on the 14th. Lee Tae-yang, who has a lot of experience as a starting pitcher, was selected as a substitute starter.

Prior to this game, Lee Taeyang had pitched in relief in all 13 games this year. As a multi-inning bullpen pitcher with six games in which he was responsible for four or more out counts, it was easy to make a temporary start. Just last year, he played an all-weather role in SSG starting and bullpen, contributing greatly to the first place in the regular season.

However, since this game was his first start of the season, he could not throw many balls from the beginning. Coach Wonho Choi warned before the game, “Lee Taeyang can throw between 50 and 60 pitches. All bullpen pitchers except Joo Hyun-sang can pitch.”

▲ Lee Tae-yang and Lee Tae-yang ⓒReporter Kwak Hye-mi

Although the number of pitches was clearly limited, he was able to keep the mound until 2 out in the 4th inning thanks to hardly letting runners out. His first three innings were perfect.

Lee Tae-yang started the game by striking out Hong Chang-ki, the first batter in the first inning. Moon Seong-joo blocked the left fielder’s fly ball, and Kim Hyun-soo blocked the catcher’s ground ball. In the second episode, Park Dong-won, Oh Ji-hwan, and Moon Bo-kyung were all grounded and the momentum increased. The third time was also a three-way offense.

In the 4th inning, the 1st and 2nd bases were in danger, but they did not concede. Kim Hyeon-soo was caught with a first baseman ground ball, and Park Dong-won blocked it with a short right fielder’s floating ball. The number of pitches so far is 58. Hanwha changed pitchers at this time. The changed pitcher Kim Bum-soo finished the fourth inning by catching Oh Ji-hwan with a ground ball from first baseman. Lee Tae-yang overcame the crisis of conceding points.

Although Lee Taeyang’s highest fastball speed was 143km per hour, he threw an effective pitch by mixing a forkball (19 pitches), a slider (10 pitches), and a curveball (5 pitches). After Taeyang Lee, Beomsu Kim, Daegyeong Yoon, 1 inning, Gijoong Kim, ⅓ innings (1 run), Jaemin Kang, Seohyun 1 innings, Sangwon Park, Sangwon 2, Wooram Jung, 2 innings.

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