Technical support issues
Lee Sang-dong, Son Dong-hyun and Park Young-hyun collapsed like this, but the fans left
KT Wiz, led by head coach Lee Kang-chul, lost 4-15 in Game 4 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Korean Series LG Twins at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 11th.
KT is now on the brink of collapse. One win and three losses, and now even if he loses just once, winning the Korean Series will be in vain.
On this day, starter Um Sang-baek survived the LG slugging line with three runs in four innings. It was not bad except for a two-run home run by Kim Hyun-soo in the first inning.
However, the bullpen shook greatly. When Um Sang-baek hit a hit by the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning, he immediately raised Kim Jae-yoon. It was an extraordinary input. It was coach Lee Kang-chul's will to keep the score gap by putting in Kim Jae-yoon at a time when the physical strength of the must-win groups such as Son Dong-hyun and Park Young-hyun was low.
However, Kim Jae-yoon, who was shaken by Oh Ji-hwan's come-from-behind three-run home run the previous day, was shaken again on that day. He collapsed with two hits and two runs in 1.1 innings. On this day, Moon Bo-kyung hit a home run and was knocked out.
Since then, Kim Young-hyun has come up. Kim Young-hyun also failed to give faith. He allowed two hits and one walk in one inning.
In particular, he allowed eight consecutive hits in the seventh inning. This is the highest number of consecutive hits by a batter in the Korean Series. Leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki's hit, Park Hae-min's double, Kim Hyun-soo's one-run timely hit, Austin's hit, Oh Ji-hwan's three-run home run, Moon Bo-kyung's double, Park Dong-won's third base infield hit, and Moon Bo-kyung's two-run triple. It wasn't until Shin Min-jae grounded out to shortstop that the consecutive hit streak stopped. In the process, KT changed pitchers twice, and Kim Sang-soo and Jang Sung-woo were also excluded, effectively raising white flags.
As the score gap continued to widen, KT home fans, who were guarding the first base home cheering section, began to leave one by one.
Bae Je-sung, who allowed two hits and two runs in Kim Min 0 innings, four hits and four runs in 0.2 innings, and made his first postseason appearance this year, also left a disappointing record with three hits and four outs and three runs in two innings.
Six pitchers came up in the situation where the must-win group could not come up, and they finished the game with a disappointing record of 13 hits, two homers, six walks and 12 runs.
Head coach Lee Kang-chul said, "Eom Sang-baek raised Kim Jae-yoon because he was at the end of the pitch." I put it in to gain confidence, he said. "There was no reason to use Son Dong-hyun and Park Young-hyun as the score gap widened."
Now, they will take a day off and play Game 5 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 13th. Can KT survive on the brink. In addition to the must-win group, support from other bullpen pitchers is needed.
Saturday, November 11, 2023