NC Dinos coach Kang In-kwon calmly analyzed the defeat despite the painful first consecutive loss of the season. Rather than reprimanding his team’s mistakes, he acknowledged the high performance of his opponent’s players.
Prior to the second game of the season against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 5th, Coach Kang said, “In the opening series, we felt good at hitting, but in the previous game, Yang Eui-ji and Kwak Bin Batteries showed better pitching.” I want to evaluate it,” he said. “It seems that our hitters were a little confused by the fact that Kwak Bin had a very high curve strike rate in the early stages and used the slider appropriately as he went through the innings.”
NC lost 0-1 in the first confrontation of this season against Doosan on the 4th. Starting pitcher Song Myeong-ki pitched 5⅔ scoreless innings, and the mound did its part with no runs until the 7th inning, but the other line was blocked by Doosan Gwak-bin’s 7 scoreless innings, 10 strikeouts and perfect pitches.
The process of giving the winning run at the end of the 8th inning was also disappointing. After two deaths, Shim Chang-min sent Yang Eui-ji to first base on a walk after a full count match, and the changed pitcher Kim Si-hoon allowed follow-up hitter Kim In-tae to hit a double that fell in the middle of the right. Then, as center fielder Han Seok-hyun’s catch mistake overlapped, Yang Eui-ji scored and gave the lead to 0-1.
If Han Seok-hyun caught Kim In-tae’s batted ball without any errors, it was not easy for first base runner Yang Eui-ji to come home from third base. However, Yang Eui-ji was able to score comfortably as the ball hit Han Seok-hyun’s glove and rolled to the outfield fence.
NC tried to tie the score in the last attack at the beginning of the ninth inning, but Kim Joo-won, Kim Seong-wook, and Park Min-woo bowed their heads as Doosan finisher Hong Kun-hee stepped down as a three-way offense. After losing 6-8 against the Samsung Lions on the 2nd, they suffered two losses in a row.
First of all, coach Kang emphasized,스포츠토토 “Han Seok-hyun did his best in defense at the end of the 8th inning and followed. There are some regrettable parts such as the ground situation, but I don’t think this part decisively decided the game the day before.”
He also explained, “I would like to think that (Han Seok-hyun’s mistake) was part of the game because there were obviously bad parts throughout the entire process at the end of the 8th inning.”