“When there’s a crisis, I think of it the most”…Recovering chaos with 3 balls → First SV since debut, Oh Seung-hwan at the age of 19

May 21, 2024. Appears a closer for the next 10 years to take charge of the back door of the Doosan Bears in professional baseball.메이저사이트

Kim Taek-yeon (19) pitched as a relief pitcher in Game 4 of the season against the SSG Landers of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 21st, and made his first save in an emotional debut with three scoreless ⅔ innings. In the top of the ninth inning, he took the mound in a crisis situation, settled the chaos with three balls, and secured his team’s 8-6 lead.

Doosan faced defense in the top of the ninth inning with an 8-2 lead. However, Park Jung-soo had an infield hit with Choi Jun-woo, and walked Kang Jin-seong, the pinch hitter, before hitting a three-run homer in the middle of the chase. Even Lee Young-ha, who was substituted, allowed Guillermo Herredia to hit left-handed, leaving the mound to Hong Geon-hee, the closing pitcher.

However, the Hong Kun-hee card was also a failure. The lead, which was 8 to 2, was narrowed down to 8-6 as Han Yu-seom gave a timely RBI single to Ko Myung-joon at the first and second bases with one out, which was facing a right-handed hit.

Manager Lee Seung-yeop made a bold decision to leave the crisis to the rookie Kim Taek-yeon, who was facing a one-out, first and second base crisis. Kim rushed to count against Kim Min-sik at an unfavorable level of 2B-0S, but ended the game by hitting a double play and hitting a double play with his fastball in the late 140 kilometers at the third pitch. It was the moment when he garnered his first save in 21 matches since his debut in the main league, living up to 200 percent of the bench’s trust.

[OSEN=Jamsil, Reporter Ji Sang-joon] On the afternoon of the 21st, a match between the Doosan Bears and SSG Landers of the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. Doosan won 8-6 against SSG on the day. Kim Taek-yeon of the Doosan Bears takes the mound and throws a hardball in the top of the ninth inning with one out and a runner on first base. 2024.05.21 / jpnews@osen.co.kr

Kim Taek-yeon, who graduated from Incheon High School and was named the second pick in Doosan’s first round in the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft, is a right-handed fire bowler who can play four-seam fastballs with a maximum speed of 150 kilometers. Watchers say he boasts ball speed and stable ball control. With Lee Seung-yeop’s impressive performance, he prepared for his debut season in Sydney, Australia, and was named the spring camp MVP, drawing keen attention from the team.

While competing with Jeong at an exhibition game, Kim was invited by manager Ryu Joong-il to join Team Korea’s final entry. He also displayed perfect pitching with two strikeouts and no loss in ⅔ innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the strongest team in the Major League. He struck out Teoscar Hernandez and James Outman one after another by banking on a 93-mile (149-kilometer) four-seam fastball, surprising the Korean-U.S.-Japan baseball community. The impact was so strong that local media outlets of the Dodgers wrote, “Kim Taek-yeon is already a Dodgers player.”

Kim seems to have settled down as one of the pillars of Doosan’s must-win group in May after overcoming trial and error in the early days of the season. He has played in 21 games, one win, one unbeaten save, three holds and an ERA of 2.05, living up to his reputation as “the top rookie.” He is not intimidated under any circumstances and is boldly throwing fastballs, and he even tasted saves in the game on Monday with boldness reminiscent of Oh Seung-hwan.

Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “These days, I think of (Kim Taek-yeon) the most in times of crisis. From the dugout, I think he has the best strike ratio among bullpen pitchers. When a runner is bashed during a crisis, he hardly has any walks, unlike in the beginning of the season. He has stability and the pitching structure that can overwhelm opponents with ball power. He has been playing the best role on the path to the highest level since the fifth inning.”

Kim recently showed improvement in striking out batters through changeups as well as straightforward pitches. “You’re doing so well. I had a tough game early in the season, but now I think I’m fully settled,” Lee said. “I was able to strike out through changeups a while ago, and if I throw that, I think I’ll get very good results in the KBO League.”

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