Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop expressed his disappointment over the fatal second consecutive loss at the end of the season. The players also pledged to turn the atmosphere around through victory, saying that they were in a situation where they had no choice but to be chased mentally rather than physically.
Before the 16th game of the season against the NC Dinos of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 12th, Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “The players’ hearts will be a little heavy as they have lost two games in a row. Physically, it will be very difficult because they will have to control their training volume. “We can’t help but lose the day before. We lost because our skills were lacking and our bench was not good. We still have 7 games left, so we have to start again from today,” he said.
Doosan lost 3-14 to the Lotte Giants in Sajik the previous day. Jose Rojas’ 1-run, timely hit in the top of the first inning gave them the first run and started the game in good spirits, but starting pitcher Choi Won-jun was in trouble. Choi Won-jun allowed the score to be tied in the bottom of the first inning, and then collapsed in the bottom of the second inning when Yoo Kang-nam hit a solo home run and Noh Jin-hyuk hit a timely hit with an RBI.
The Doosan bench made a game-winning move by replacing the pitcher with Park Shin-ji after two outs in the bottom of the second inning, but even Park Shin-ji was hit with five earned runs, completely turning the game over to Lotte. The batting line also bowed out, scoring only one run each in the top of the 4th and 5th innings.
Doosan lost 4-5 in the Suwon KT Wiz match on the 10th, and suffered two consecutive losses with a loss to Lotte. The gap with NC and SSG Landers, tied for 3rd place, remained in 5th place, 1.5 games behind, making it even more difficult to regain 3rd and 4th place.
Doosan must hold the final regular league match against NC on this day and narrow the game gap with NC and SSG in order to maintain its hopes of going straight to the semi-playoffs (3rd place) or having an advantage of one win in the wild card game (4th place) until the end. there is.
Before the end of the regular season, Doosan has 7 games left, including today’s game against NC, and NC has 5 games left. Since Doosan is unable to beat NC and SSG on its own, a dramatic last-minute reversal of the rankings is possible only if they win the head-to-head match without fail.
Veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun, who will be the starting pitcher for the NC game on this day, and slugger Kim Jae-hwan, who has recently fallen into a batting slump, must play their part for Doosan to keep the spark of hope growing until the end.메이저놀이터
Manager Lee Seung-yeop reflected, “Choi Won-jun barely got a strike the day before with a breaking ball. He threw mainly fastballs and got hit a lot, so the bench had no choice but to quickly replace the pitcher.”
He also said, “The previous day, it was a game we couldn’t afford to lose, so when we were down 1-3, we brought in Park Shin-ji instead of Choi Won-jun. Park Shin-ji pitched well, and the score gap widened.” “I think if we are going to attack after seeing it, we will need to make a quick decision,” he said of his plan.
He also urged hitters to work hard. He hoped that key fielders would break their silence, emphasizing that while the mound had done its job throughout the regular season, it was now time for the bat to explode.
Manager Seung-Yeop Lee said, “We have reached the current ranking with our pitching ability. The pitchers did a really good job blocking,” and added, “There have been many difficult games recently as the pitchers collapsed in the early stages. Now, the batters must do the work. The batting line must be strong to help the bullpen. “I do,” he added.