Game 13 between the LG Twins and KT Wiz is set for Sunday at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. The most common question LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop was asked was about the previous day’s clutch hit.
LG took a 3-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning in Game 6, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as reliever Ko Woo-seok gave up a big hit. Starter Casey Kelly, who didn’t allow a run in seven innings, was unable to pick up the win.
The most crucial moment came in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the score 3-2. Hwang Jae-gyun hit a grounder toward third base, but third baseman Moon Bo-kyung was unable to catch the ball. The ball sailed past Moon’s glove and into the outfield, allowing the third and second runners to score, ending the game. The official score was Hwang Jae-gyun’s hit, but Moon, who thought her error had cost her team the game, couldn’t look up for a while.
The next day, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop used his training time to talk to Moon and comfort her. “I told her that it’s all experience, and I said, ‘There are games where you hit a home run and won the game, and there are games where you helped the team win, so it’s okay for the coach. But you shouldn’t repeat your mistakes,'” he said.
“Whenever I have a runner in front of me, I have to think quickly about the runner behind me. When there is only a runner on second base, you have enough time to tag the base and make an out, but when there is a runner in front of you, you don’t realize that the runner behind you has a big lead and a fast start, so when you see the runner before the pitch, you are in a hurry. I told her that she should throw to first base when the ground ball is in front of her or behind her, and she will not make a mistake next time.”
“Moon Bo-kyung is in her second year, and it’s all about experience, and after two or three years, she can develop into a player like Choi Jung (SSG Landers), and she’s in the process of developing step by step. I told him not to worry about it at all.”
Moon’s inclusion in the starting lineup for Game 7 was also due to his unwavering faith in her. “I don’t think a player can grow if you take him out because he made a mistake. Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) did the same thing. You have to play more games and get over it. If you don’t experience it, you have to take him out when he’s in that situation again and again. He made a mistake, but he’s developing well, so if he keeps going like this, he can play more than 140 games as a third baseman without missing a game,” Moon said.메이저놀이터
He also mentioned the growth of the team’s main shortstop and captain, Oh Ji-hwan. In the past, when Yeom Kyung-yup was the defense coach, the ’20-year-old’ Oh had to suffer from slow growth and was often brought to tears by his frequent mistakes.
“The other shortstops had experience since elementary school, but Oh had much more experience as a pitcher, so I gave him a lot of training from the batting cage and paid attention to the basics,” Yeom said, adding, “You have to wait for that stage. He made more mistakes than Moon Bo-kyung does now, and I insisted on using him even though I was criticized. I digested that, and that’s why he is the player he is today,” he recalled.
“I wasn’t in the mood to talk about it because I wasn’t performing very well, so I wasn’t in the mood to talk about it. When I made a lot of mistakes back then, I was out of the game a lot, and I thought, ‘What if I make another mistake tomorrow? ‘ Then later on, when I had a year under my belt, it helped me to be a little more bold and approachable.”
While Yeom Kyung-yup’s conversation with Moon focused on the situation in the bottom of the ninth inning, Oh wanted to help her regain her confidence.
“I messaged her during the day and told her that she was doing well enough and that it was a good experience. “People can say they missed something that was obviously catchable if you look at the process, but from (Moon’s) point of view, he could have taken third base or thrown to first base. I think that’s what happened, but it was a really good experience. The No. 1 team can’t fail, it’s just a process,” he said.
“I thought, ‘Why do I need to keep thinking about my mistakes when I have everything in mind? I’m the one who made the most mistakes,'” Oh said, adding, “It’s already over and can’t be taken back, but it can be nagging. I told her to do what she can do quickly,” he said, explaining his advice to Moon.
The advice paid off, as Moon, who started at fifth and third base, went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, three runs scored, and one walk in the team’s 11-4 victory. He was also steady on defense, making up for his mistakes from the previous day.
“I think I prepared (myself) well,” said Oh. I told him to just talk about today’s game, but I think he’s mentally better than me,” he said with a smile before adding, “I don’t think I have any stakes. You can only overcome it yourself, so no matter how much I tell you, I don’t know the mind of the person in question, so I think she overcame it well and was focused,” he said, praising Moon.
Moon, who could have been intimidated given her lack of experience and seniority, picked herself up and did her part. LG, which has been a united front throughout the season, is taking steps toward its goals with the power of a “one team”.