Lotte Giants acting manager Lee Jong-woon expressed satisfaction with the performance of new players.
Lotte won 5-2 in the 14th game of the season against SSG Landers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd and succeeded in taking the lead in the three-game series.
Starting pitcher Park Se-woong pitched well with 3 hits (2 home runs), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 6 innings, and the bullpen pitchers including Shim Jae-min, Choi Jun-yong, and Kim Won-joong held a scoreless relay to stop SSG from pursuing. In the batting lineup, Dong-hee Yoon, who was selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games national team, hit hard with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 1 run. Two veterans, Jeon Jun-woo and Yoo Kang-nam, also performed multi-hit games side by side.
Above all, the presence of ‘rookies’ Jeong Dae-seon and Seo Dong-wook shined in the second half of the game. Jeong Dae-seon, who started as the 7th hitter and second baseman, achieved multiple hits in his first first-team game in his debut with 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 1 run, and even had a wedge RBI in the top of the 8th inning. Seo Dong-wook, who played as a pinch hitter, also contributed to the team’s victory by hitting a double in the bottom of the 7th inning. If it were not for the performance of the two players, it would have been difficult to guarantee victory in a close match.
Dae-seon Jeong was ranked 43rd in the 5th round of the 2023 rookie draft, and Dong-wook Seo wore the Lotte uniform as a foster player. Both players clearly made a mark by posting decent results in the Futures League, and acting coach Lee Jong-woon gave young players opportunities since they were in the second team. And the two players lived up to the coach’s expectations with their joint performances.
Ahead of the away game against SSG on the 23rd, Lee said, “I felt really good because I was a player I played with in the second team,” and added, “Jeong Dae-seon is a player who has good contact and was highly anticipated, but I think he is lacking in speed and other aspects. “But there was nothing like that at all,” he said. “Both players were key players, but Jeong Dae-seon had no problem playing, seeing as he played the day before, even though it was his first first-team game.”
In particular, the performance of the two players is expected to not only energize the team atmosphere but also serve as a good stimulus to the existing fielders. Acting manager Lee Jong-woon said, “Everyone is in a situation where fielders have left, but if these new players come and show their abilities, it will be a stimulus to other players and the team will become more active.
Some argue that giving opportunities to players with less experience is preparing for next year’s season rather than fall baseball. However, Lee drew a line, saying, “I won’t give up if there’s even a 0.1% chance. It’s not polite to the fans either. If I show myself giving up, the fans won’t tolerate it either.”
Also, “From the outside, you can see that they are giving up and using young players, but to revitalize the team, I think there will be a synergy effect if you bring in players who have potential and are good at it and those players do well. That doesn’t mean I gave up at all. Only then can a better team be created.” “I think this will happen,” he emphasized.메이저사이트
Meanwhile, Lotte, who is facing Kirk McCarty, has Min-seok Kim (center fielder), Dong-hee Han (third baseman), Hoon Jeong (first baseman), Jun-woo Jeon (designated hitter), Kang-nam Yoo (catcher), Nico Goodrum (shortstop), Dae-seon Jeong (second baseman), and Dong-wook Seo. (Right fielder) – Hwang Seongbin (left fielder) The lineup was formed in this order. The starting pitcher is Charlie Barnes. Pitcher Park Se-woong and outfielder Yoon Dong-hee, who were selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games national team, were expunged from the first team entry, and no players were called up.
Infielder Noh Jin-hyuk, whose back condition has improved since the previous day, waits on the bench. If the opportunity arises, it is possible to participate after the middle of the game. Acting coach Lee Jong-woon explained, “He says he’s good, but he seems to be tired after playing two games. I think it would be better to play with the players he used to play, so I’m focusing on the players who played yesterday.” Outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo, who suffered shoulder pain after colliding with the catcher while sliding headfirst in the previous day’s game, avoided major injury and, like Noh Jin-hyuk, can play as a replacement.