|▲ LG Lee Young-bin ⓒ Jamsil, reporter Kwak Hye-mi|
[스포티비뉴스=잠실, 신원철 기자] LG coach Ji-hyeon Ryu took out a left-handed pinch card from the left-handed batter. As this operation hit, the flow of the game changed.
The LG Twins defeated the Lotte Giants 5-2 in Game 10 of the season held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 28th. Lee Young-bin’s just-time hit, which broke the balance in the 6th inning against 2-2, was left as the final blow. With this hit, Lee Young-bin raised his batting average to 0.462 (6 hits in 13 at-bats). Amidst irregular playing opportunities, he is a rookie with little first-team experience, but has excellent concentration at the plate.
LG did not keep the lead until the 5th even after drawing 2 points in the first inning. LG had the highest win rate of 0.886 among the 10 clubs with 39 wins, 2 draws, and 5 losses in the previous match up to the 5th inning, but the timing to use the winning group after the 7th inning almost became vague. Youngbin Lee’s hit made the bench calculation simple.
LG seized the opportunity to run away against Lotte’s second pitcher Kim Do-gyu in the sixth inning. Starting with Oh Ji-hwan’s walk after one match, Kim Min-seong hit a hit in a run-and-hit situation. As the runners entered first and third base, the LG bench moved. Moon Bo-kyung replaced Lee Young-bin at the plate.
Left-handed batter pinch hitter in left-handed batter at bat. An LG club official said that Moon Bo-kyung was not missing due to an injury. It can be seen that he expected more from Lee Young-bin’s blow on the bench. Moon Bo-kyung withdrew from the previous two at-bats with a strikeout and a floating ball at second base.
For the appearance of a rookie, Lotte Battery chose a very simple ball combination. He focused on throwing only the forkball, which he usually throws against left-handed batters. However, Lee Young-bin’s ability to adapt to the plate was superior to Lotte’s calculations. Lee Young-bin was batting 0.417 (5 hits in 12 at-bats) and an on-base percentage of 0.500 (3 walks) in this year’s pinch-hitting game.
Was the 5th consecutive forkball a mistake? Youngbin Lee lowered his stance and hit the 5th forkball and sent it to right fielder accurately. Third base runner Oh Ji-hwan lightly stepped on the home, and even made an error in right field, and even Kim Min-seong, who started from first base, scored. Only one RBI went up, but as two runners entered, the score increased to 4-2. The flow changed by Lee Young-bin, the ‘pretender’, eventually led to a 5-2 win for LG.
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