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LG pitcher Yoo Young-chan (26) showed off the pitch of his life in his first Korean Series appearance.
In Game 2 of the Korean Series, where starting pitcher Choi Won-tae was ruled out with 1 out in the first inning, LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop operated the mound with an all-time bullpen day, and Yoo Young-chan played the most 2⅓ innings, contributing greatly to the management of the bullpen.
In Game 2 of the Korean Series held at Jamsil Stadium on the 8th, starter Choi Won-tae allowed a 2-RBI double to Jang Seong-woo in the first inning and was grounded at second and third base with one out. Lee Jeong-yong came up as a relief pitcher and hit Bae Jeong-dae with two RBIs and a timely hit, making the score 0-4. All four points were conceded by Choi Won-tae.
Afterwards, the LG bullpen blocked the KT batting lineup without allowing any additional runs. In the 5th inning, Baek Seung-hyun had two outs, walked Jang Seong-woo, and got hit by Bae Jeong-dae. With 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases, Yoo Young-chan took the mound as the 6th pitcher.
The first batter Yoo Young-chan faced was Moon Sang-cheol. In the 9th inning of Game 1, he struck out Moon Sang-cheol, who had hit an RBI double against Go Woo-seok in the final, with a forkball with a large drop. In the 6th inning, Yoo Young-chan retired Oh Yoon-seok with a fly ball to third base, Jo Yong-ho with a straight hit to first base on the first pitch, and Kim Sang-soo with a foul fly to right field.
Yoo Young-chan, who had previously thrown 14 pitches while facing 4 batters, continued to throw in the 7th inning. The first batter, Hwang Jae-gyun, was thrown out on the first pitch by the second baseman's fly ball, Alford struck out with a forkball and missed, and Park Byeong-ho hit a 147km fastball on the second strike with a grounder to the shortstop. 2⅓ innings, 2 strikeouts, no runs allowed. He blocked 7 batters with a perfect pitch with 22 pitches. Yoo Young-chan, who pitched perfectly, was replaced by Ham Deok-ju in the 8th inning.
While the seven players of the winning team kept the team scoreless, LG achieved a dramatic comeback victory of 5-4 thanks to Oh Ji-hwan's solo home run in the 6th inning, Kim Hyun-soo's RBI double in the 7th, and Park Dong-won's game-winning two-run home run in the 8th.
After the game, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “Actually, one inning was empty. It was a situation where Choi Dong-hwan had to go out, but (Yoo Young-chan) only had 14 pitches, and I thought the pitch wasn't bad, so I continued the 7th inning for one more inning. He praised Yoo Young-chan, who blocked it perfectly and set the stage for a comeback.”
oo Young-chan joined LG in the 2nd 5th round (43rd overall) in 2020. His first year of debut, he only played in the Futures League, and recorded 1 win, 3 losses, and 1 hold in 10 games, with an earned run average of 6.39.
He joined after graduating from Konkuk University, played for the 2nd team his first year, and completed his military service as a social service agent. In the 2022 season, he returned to the team and recorded 12 games, 1 loss, and 3 holds in the second team, with an earned run average of 4.50.
When Coach Yeom took office as LG's head coach last fall, he took note of Yoo Young-chan's fast ball. Yoo Young-chan's grades were not good in his fourth year at Konkuk University, with 2 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 6.82. However, his fastball speed was nearly 150 km/h.
He was recognized for his potential as a reliever in spring training, and, barring injuries, played full-time for the first team. He recorded his first hold, win, and save in his debut. He has a fast fastball and a forkball as his main weapon. He appeared in 67 games and recorded 6 wins, 3
losses, 12 holds, 1 save, and an ERA of 3.44, playing an
active role as a new sure-to-win team.
Friday, November 10, 2023