First professional SV ‘Wow’ with 3 fastballs…”Time? Enough is enough,” says the special rookie

Doosan Bears’ “special rookie” right-hander Kim Taek-yeon saved his team from crisis and harvested his first save since his professional debut.메이저사이트

Kim Taek-yeon pitched as a relief pitcher in Game 4 of the season against the SSG Landers of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 21st and achieved his first save in 21 games this season by allowing no hit and no outs in the ⅔ innings.

In fact, chances were not high that Kim would take the mound on the day of the game. Doosan succeeded in gaining the upper hand by scoring a large number of points early in the game, and was leading SSG 8-2 until the end of the eighth inning, trying to finish the game without wasting a must-win group.

However, at the top of the ninth inning, the atmosphere changed dramatically. Park Jeong-soo had an infield hit by leadoff batter Choi Joon-woo and a groundout by Jihoon Choi to the first base to make one out, before allowing pinch hitter Kang Jin-seong to walk. He also allowed pursuit as he was hit by Choi Jeong, the follow-up batter. A single home run widened the gap between the two teams by three points.

When Lee Young-ha also gave up a hit to Guillermo Heredia with one out, the Doosan bench took out the closing pitcher Hong Geon-hee. Hong Geon-hee also failed to meet expectations. Han Yu-seom’s hit with one out and runners on first and second bases was in danger of scoring position, and Ko Myung-joon’s timely hit caused the team to lose a point.

In the end, Doosan even put Kim Taek-yeon, which it cherished, on the mound. This time, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop was replaced on the right track. With one out and runners on the first and second bases, Kim induced Kim Min-sik to hit a ground ball, and a double play was made to lead to shortstop Jeon Min-jae, second baseman Kang Seung-ho, and first baseman Yang Seok-hwan. Doosan ended the game 8-6, but breathed a sigh of relief.

After the game, Kim Taek-yeon said, “At first, I sat on the bench watching the game. Since my team was leading 8-2, I was a little nervous thinking that it would end as it was. Still, there was a closing pitcher for our team and a lot of the next pitchers were waiting.”

“I started playing catch ball simply, but I heard that if there are more than two runners on base, I can take the mound, so I threw the ball to the catcher’s seat and threw the ball. Then after hearing that I was going to take the mound, I threw the ball strongly from the bullpen and came up to the mound,” he said. “I warmed up quickly, and I was well prepared with catch ball. I warmed up in the bullpen, went to the mound, and I had enough time to throw the ball on the mound. I won the team, and I made my first save, so I feel good.”

Not only the situation but also the opposing batter was burdened. The player Kim Taek-yeon faced was Kim Min-sik, who achieved four bases including three hits in the previous four at-bats. When it comes to batting performance on the day of the game, he was the most difficult batter in the SSG lineup.

“Of course I knew the timing was good, and the batting quality and stuff were good, so I just tried to throw the best ball I could throw,” Kim Taek-yeon said. “I think it led to the result because I was also lucky.”

Kim Taek-yeon, who joined Doosan as the second-ranked player in this year’s first round, had high expectations even before his debut, and clearly impressed him as he showed his potential after the season opened. On March 23, his professional debut, he left a disappointment with two hits, three outs, one strikeout and two runs in one inning against the Changwon NC Dinos, but he woke up after shaking off his slump.

Kim Taek-yeon said, “I didn’t forget (the game) because I think the game (against NC on March 23) became a medicine for me, and I think I was able to grow further with it,” adding, “I forgot bad memories, but I remember what’s left like that.”

As of Tuesday, Kim’s performance in 21 games, 22 innings, one win, three holds, one save, and an ERA of 2.05. He can be considered “classical” not only in his team but also in the league. In a recent interview, Lee Seung-yeop cited Kim as the person that comes to mind the most during a crisis.

Kim Taek-yeon said, “I felt good when I read the article (by director Lee Seung-yeop), but on the other hand, they trust and upload it in a crisis situation, so I think we have to produce results and repay them,” adding, “I think we should always throw responsibly when we come up in such a situation.”

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