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Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop's first fall, full of twists and turns, has come to an end.
Doosan was defeated 9-14 in the first game of the 2023 KBO League postseason (PS) wild card (WC) decision held at NC Park in Changwon on the 19th. With the loss on this day, 5th place Doosan lost the WC Series and ended the 2023 fall baseball schedule. If you look at the ranking alone, it is a success. Doosan, which was 9th last year, climbed four places this year. Coach Seung-yeop Lee's inauguration goal was also fall baseball.
The difference in power between Doosan and NC revealed in the game that day was also clear. Doosan's key hitter Yang Eui-ji was in a bit of trouble, and Jose Rojas, who had hit two long balls early in the game, was replaced after hitting a foul ball. While Doosan was shaken by the loss of long hits, NC destroyed the Doosan mound with long hits, including a grand slam and back-to-back home runs. It was clearly NC's victory in the power struggle.
However, Doosan was able to win. Until midway through the game, the score difference was only one point. Lee Yong-chan was shaken at the end of NC in the 9th episode. This is why everyone who watched the game that day wondered, ‘What if?’ Perhaps it is over.
For 5th place Doosan to overcome 4th place NC, an irregularity, not a correct path, was needed. However, Doosan’s performance that day was excessively exemplary. Starting pitcher Kwak Bin pitched perfectly until the 3rd inning, then collapsed in the 4th inning, but was unable to respond in time. He gave up 5 runs and sent out an extra runner, and only then did Myung-shin Kim step up. None of the bullpen pitchers lasted more than one inning. Trust the starters and let all bullpen pitchers clean for just one inning. This is definitely a model answer.
But the model answer only works when strength is superior. Among the Doosan bullpens on this day, Choi Seung-yong was the only one who completely blocked an inning without any variables. He caught three batters in just 10 pitches. The ratio was good with 7 strikes and 3 balls. However, Choi Seung-yong was never written about at length. This was despite the fact that it was not unusual for Choi Seung-yong, who was a starting pitcher, to pitch multiple innings. And Choi Seung-yong's next pitcher, Kim Kang-ryul, gave up two runs that gave up the game.
You don't have to look far for textbooks. Former Doosan coach Kim Tae-hyung, who was in the Korean Series (KS) for seven consecutive years, was a master of irregularities. Rather, he was a fighter with principles despite irregularities.
Coach Kim Tae-hyung also went as far as he could when his power was overwhelming. In 2015, the team won thanks to the one-two punch of Dustin Nippert and Jang Won-jun, and in 2016, the 'Fantastic Four' starting lineup of Nippert, Michael Bowden, Jang Won-jun, and Yoo Hee-kwan smoothly won the championship. In 2019, Doosan was also the ‘top dog’ and Coach Kim lifted the trophy without much trouble.
Thursday, October 19, 2023