As expected, the wall of the pro team was high. Kim Dong-gyu (Kiwoom Heroes) struggled against his home team in his first professional first-team start.
Kim Dong-gyu started the away game against the LG Twins in the 2023 professional baseball KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 13th.
Kim Dong-gyu, who boasts a confident physique of 195 cm and 100 kg, is a right-handed pitcher who was nominated by LG with 17 overall in the 2nd round in 2023. His strong fastball and flexible pitching form from his tall height are considered his strengths.
He made his first-team debut with the bullpen (0.1 innings, 2 runs, 1 earned run) against Daejeon Hanwha Eagles on June 10th. On the 29th of last month, he transferred to Kiwoom with utility resource Lee Joo-hyung and 2024 rookie draft 1st round nomination right. . Instead, it was a condition that Won-tae Choi wear the LG uniform.
And as Kiwoom’s ace Woo-jin Ahn showed poor physical condition and went down to the 2nd team, Kim Dong-gyu had a chance to start for the first time in his debut. Coincidentally, the opponent was LG, the home team.
Regarding this, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, Kim Dong-gyu’s former mentor, whom he met before the game, said, “He is a pitcher with potential. When he looked at the future, he thought that he was a pitcher who could consistently throw 150 km in our team if he developed his stamina,” he encouraged, saying, “Kiwoom saw that well and took him.”
Director Hong Won-gi Kiwoom also said, “It is the first team starting pitching, so I hope you can only throw up to 3 innings. He hoped for Kim Dong-gyu’s promotion, saying, “I want him to show his achievements.”
Of course, since it was my first start, it wasn’t perfect. In the bottom of the first inning, he gave Hong Chang-ki a straight walk, and Shin Min-jae got a right-handed hit. Then, with Shin Min-jae stealing second base and Kim Hyeon-soo walking, the situation became safe, and here Kim Dong-gyu quickly scored two runs with a wild throw and Austin Dean’s sacrifice fly. Oh Ji-hwan and Moon Bo-kyung were treated as center field flies and left field flies, respectively, and no additional runs were conceded.
Even in the bottom of the second inning, he couldn’t avoid a run. He allowed first batter Park Dong-won a solo arch that went over the left wall. Afterwards, he dedicated a heavy hit and a stolen second base to Lee Jae-won, and he treated Park Hae-min with a fly to right field, but with a wild throw and a walk by Hong Chang-ki, he ended up with 1 out, 1st and 3rd base. In the immediate situation, LG’s double steal operation worked successfully, and Shin Min-jae also hit a timely hit with one RBI, and Kim Dong-gyu’s 5th run went up.
Kim Dong-gyu then led Kim Hyeon-soo to the right field fly, and at this time, Shin Min-jae, who settled on second base with a stolen base, was out aiming for third base, and the inning ended as it was. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Kiwoom brought right-handed sidearm bullpen resource Yang Hyun to the mound.
The final result was 2 innings, 4 hits, 1 home run, 3 runs and 5 runs. A total of 49 pitches were distributed, and the fastball (40 pitches), which reached a maximum speed of 148 km, was used the most, along with a fork (5 pitches) and a curveball (4 pitches).스포츠토토
Kim Dong-gyu, who finished his mission with the team trailing 2-5, will suffer the first defeat in his career if Kiwoom fails to tie the game and loses. Hyun Yang allowed an additional 7 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, and now Kiwoom is trailing 2-12 to LG.