Exclusivity after early season ‘trials and tribulations’ “balance, confidence all restored”
KT Wiz pitcher Choi Byeol-seong pitched a steady game to give his team the win. He also achieved his third win of the season.
KT came from behind to win 5-2 at home against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday to sweep the series.
Trailing 0-2 in the top of the sixth inning, KT scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, including an RBI single by Lee Ho-yeon, and added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win.
After throwing 100 pitches, starter Yoo Yeo-seong recorded his second Quality Start (QS) of the season with six innings, four hits (one home run), two walks, six strikeouts and two runs (one earned). After giving up a leadoff single to Ko Seung-min in the third inning, he surrendered one more run in the top of the fifth on a throwing error by third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun with two outs, but he stayed on the mound until the sixth inning.메이저사이트
KT manager Lee Kang-cheol praised the pitcher after the game, saying, “Choi Byeol-seong has been performing well lately, and he did his part in this game as well, setting the stage for the victory.”
“I’m glad we were able to start the first game of the midweek series with a win,” said Lee after the game.
In fact, Lee had a rough start to the season. In his first start of the season, on April 9, he pitched six scoreless innings against Sajik Lotte, but then suffered losses in the next two games.
He also struggled against Suwon Samsung Electronics on April 28, giving up five runs in three innings as a reliever, and KT dropped him from the first team roster the next day.
“I was not satisfied with my pitching because my body was not balanced until I went down to the second team at the beginning of the season,” he recalled, adding, “I was thinking, ‘How did I throw the ball?
It was the advice of her coaches that helped her rebound. “I worked on my personal training based on what coaches Kim Tae-han and Je Chun-mo told me about my balance,” he smiled, “and thanks to that, I was able to return to the first team with both my balance and confidence restored.”
From the start of the season, KT’s starting pitching staff had its share of ups and downs, including the addition of foreign pitchers and the departure of Choi Min-joon. Exclusivity was no exception, but he slowly found his footing and gained the trust of the coaching staff.
“It’s positive that I can throw my ball regardless of whether I win or lose,” said Lee, who has pitched more than five innings in each of his appearances since returning to the first team. “I want to prepare well for Sunday’s game (against the Gwangju KIA Tigers on the 25th) and continue my good form.”