The match between Kang Hyo-jong (LG Twins) and Lee Yong-jun (NC Dinos) for the selection of young guns born in 2002 ended too early.
Both pitchers failed in the ‘5 inning pitch’ presented as a task by LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop and NC coach Kang In-kwon.
Kang Hyo-jong started in the home game against NC, a professional baseball game held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 18th, and allowed 3 hits and 4 walks in 4⅓ innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned).
He even got on the mound in the top of the 5th inning with a 2-1 lead, but failed to control the number of pitches (86) and failed to fill the 5th inning, failing to meet the requirements for a winning pitcher.
NC starter Lee Yong-jun finished the day with 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs in 4 innings. Lee Yong-jun also failed to get on the mound in the 5th inning as the number of pitches increased to 89.
Kang Hyo-jong gave consecutive hits to Han Seok-hyeon and Park Gun-woo after one out in the first inning, putting him in a crisis with 1 out and 1st and 3rd base.
Son Ah-seop was treated with a straight hit by second baseman, but LG second baseman Seo Kun-chang’s throw, which was trying to catch first base runner Park Gun-woo, who returned to first base, hit Park Gun-woo and flew out of the foul line. Meanwhile, the runner on third base stepped home.
Kang Hyo-jong, who gave up the first run due to a fielder’s error in the first inning, blocked the second, third, and fourth innings without conceding.
However, he gave up two walks in the 5th inning, causing a crisis with 1 company on 1st and 2nd base, and eventually coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop ordered a pitcher change.
Hyo-Jong Kang lost 2 runs as the LG infield team failed to stop 3rd base runner Tae-Hoon Do from stepping on the groove while NC 1st base runner Park Geon-Woo, caught in check by pitcher Deok-Joo Ham in the 5th inning with 2nd out, 1st and 3rd base, went back and forth between 1st and 2nd base. The score increased to 1.
The bottom of the 3rd inning was disappointing for Lee Yong-jun.
Lee Yong-joon, who allowed a walk after a full count (3 balls-2 strikes) match with lead batter Seo Geon-chang, was hit by Park Hae-min’s double that flew all the way to the right fence and was driven to second and third base safely.
When Hong Chang-ki grounded shortstop, Seo Geon-chang hit home, and Moon Seong-joo left fielder sacrifice fly, Park Hae-min stepped on the home plate in turn.
Lee Yong-jun threw 38 balls in just the third inning.
Kang Hyo-jong and Lee Yong-jun were born in 2002 and are the same age.
The pro entry point is also the same as 2021.
Kang Hyo-jong, from Chungam High School, joined LG as the first nomination in 2021, and Lee Yong-jun, who graduated from Seoul Design High School, was nominated by NC in the 16th overall in the second round.
His first-team debut was made first by Lee Yong-jun. Lee Yong-jun made his first-team debut on October 12, 2021 with a relief appearance against the Kiwoom Heroes.
In 2022, he pitched in a total of 10 games, including two starts for the first team.
However, Kang Hyo-jong took his first team victory. 메이저사이트
Kang Hyo-jong won the starting match against NC on October 7, 2022, which was his first team debut, by giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings.
Lee Yong-jun made his first appearance this year as a relief pitcher (3⅔innings, 1 hit, no run) against Doosan Bears on April 6, and started against kt wiz on April 12, earning his first victory with a good pitch with 4 hits and 1 run in 5 innings.
The two competed to enter the starting rotation from spring camp this year and seized the opportunity at the beginning of the season.
Coincidentally, on the 18th in Jamsil, both teams started to mound at the same time, drawing attention from the fans of both teams.
On this day, Kang Hyo-jong mixed a fast ball with a maximum speed of 149 km/h, a slider with a speed of 130 km, a changeup, and a curve that lowered the velocity to 126 km/h.
Lee Yong-jun threw a fastball with a maximum speed of 148 km/h, a slider, a changeup, and a curveball, fighting with first-team hitters.
The possibility of the two young guns was confirmed today as well. However, at the same time, the weakness of ‘lack of experience’ was also revealed.