Seungho Lee disappointed more than expected, and Morimando was a disappointing result
The ‘Lee Seung-ho select card’, which brought out Kiwoom Heroes with a ‘hard book’, was working.
Bullpen pitcher Lee Seung-ho (23, Kiwoom Heroes) kept the mound longer than ‘ready starter’ Shawn Morimando (30, SSG Landers).
This means that the early flow of Game 4 of the Korean Series (KS) has flowed favorably towards Kiwoom.
Seungho Lee started in the 4th KS vs. SSG game in professional baseball held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, Seoul on the 5th and pitched 4 innings with 1 hit and 1 run.
It’s too short an inning for a ‘normal starting pitcher’, but considering Kiwoom’s mound situation, Lee Seung-ho’s 4 innings that day is very meaningful.
Lee Seung-ho, who made a relief appearance in 53 regular season games, halftime games (1 game) and playoffs (2 games) this year, made his first start this season in Game 4 of KS.
Coach Kiwoom Hong Won-ki’s calculation was to block Kiwoom ace Ahn Woo-jin’s place with a bullpen with Lee Seung-ho, who had a difficult time climbing due to blistered fingers.
Before Game 4, Manager Hong said, “It will be difficult for Seung-ho Lee to throw a long inning.”
Lee Seung-ho exceeded director Hong’s expectations.
The first innings was a bit scary.
Seung-ho Lee allowed a walk to leadoff hitter Shin-soo Choo, who was driven to second base after a violent fight, and gave up a right-handed hit to Jeong-jeong Choi to give up the first run.
However, there was no SSG hitter who hit while Seungho Lee was on the mound after that.
Kiwoom’s batting line responded to Lee Seung-ho’s counterattack with a sophisticated attack and blitz.
In the bottom of the second inning, as leadoff hitter Kim Tae-jin reached base with a right-handed hit, Kiwoom sent a runner to second with a sacrifice bunt.
SSG first baseman Oh Tae-gon, who was trying to catch Song Seong-moon’s ground ball, slipped and became a lucky hit, and Kiwoom continued his one-on-one opportunity at first base and third base.
Jun-woo Shin set a squeeze bunt to first base.
It was at bat enough for a third base runner to step into the groove.
Oh Tae-gon, who ran to catch the ball, emptied first base, and second baseman Kim Seong-hyun’s cover was delayed, resulting in a bunt.
Lee Yong-gyu also did not lead to a bunk shot in the following 1st and 2nd 1-company bases, but he tried a surprise pound and harass Morimando.
Morimando completely collapsed in the 3rd inning.
Jeon Byung-woo, who hit the last hit against Morimando, who had appeared in relief in the first game, appeared as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the third inning and hit a double in left field.
Yasiel Puig retreated to center field with a floater, but following consecutive hits by Kim Tae-jin and Lee Ji-young, Song Seong-moon hit a double that flew near the center fence and Kiwoom’s run made it 5-1.
SSG manager Kim Won-hyeong eventually changed the pitcher.
Freshman pitcher Noh Kyung-eun hit a right-handed hit by Shin Jun-woo, and Morimando gave up another.
On this day, Morimando allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits in 2⅓ innings.
Morimando, who became the losing pitcher by giving up two hits in 1⅔ innings and giving up one run on one hit in the ninth inning, which was reversed 5-6 in the KS opener, was also about to lose the fourth. game.
Morimando pitched well in the regular season with a 1.72 ERA with 7 wins and 1 loss.
In the regular season, he also appeared twice against Kiwoom, pitching well with one win and a 2.25 ERA.
He was used to the starting position and took an adequate rest after appearing in relief in the first game of KS.
Until the game, SSG seemed to have the edge in the starting pitcher battle.
However, with Lee Seung-ho’s counter throw and Morimando’s worst track of the season, the atmosphere in the beginning turned in an unexpected direction.