Lim Chan-gyu (LG Twins) took the opportunity to achieve his 11th win of the season thanks to ample scoring support from the batting line.
Lim Chan-gyu started in the second game of the 2023 KBO League regular season double header against SSG Landers held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 17th and recorded 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 base hit, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 5 innings. The team went down the mound in the 6th inning, having met the winning pitcher requirement with a large lead of 9-2. On this day, the fastball reached a maximum speed of 146 km/h, and the season ERA remained at 3.69. If he is confirmed as a starter and achieves 11 wins, he will tie his personal career high set in 2018.
Lim Chan-gyu’s pitching that day was not refreshing. He pitched 39 pitches in the first inning. After one out, four consecutive hits were allowed to Choi Joo-hwan, Choi Jeong, Han Yu-seom, and Park Seong-han.
But he didn’t break down. He took a breather by striking out the follow-up hitter, Ha Jae-hoon, and ended the inning by striking out Kim Seong-hyeon again. Even in crisis situations, he skillfully caught the opponent off guard with a breaking ball rather than using his strength.
Lim Chan-gyu, who finished the second inning with a three-way strike, found himself in crisis again in the third inning. It started with a double hit by Choi Jeong on the left line after one out in the third inning. He then gave up a walk on the first pitch while trying to compete with Hanyu Island, and gave up a walk after a 9-pitch battle with Park Seong-han. Just like in the first inning, the bases were in crisis again.
Lim Chan-gyu, who gave up a run in the process of allowing the bases loaded in the first inning, gave up a run again this time. With bases loaded and one out, he threw three consecutive curveballs to Ha Jae-hoon and allowed a timely hit to right. However, when Kim Seong-hyun, the follow-up batter, hit a ground ball in front of the first baseman, he got an out count at home, and then again, he drew a ground ball in front of the third baseman to Sang-hyun Ahn to end the inning. The solid defense helped a lot, but the distribution of Lim Chan-gyu, who continued to pitch his pitches until the end without wavering, also stood out.
The batting line exploded as Lim Chan-gyu메이저사이트 ended the fourth inning with a triple. LG achieved a 3-2 comeback in the bottom of the third inning with consecutive timely hits by Kim Hyun-soo, Austin Dean, and Moon Bo-kyung, and then added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Starting with Heo Do-hwan’s solo shot after one out, Kim Hyun-soo’s sacrifice fly, Austin’s triple, and Moon Bo-kyung’s ground ball gave Lim Chan-gyu a clear lead. LG added two more points in the 5th inning, solidifying their lead.
Because of the large number of pitches in the first inning, Lim Chan-gyu’s pitch count already reached 94 by the fourth inning, but he stood on the mound in the fifth inning as well. He was able to achieve 11 wins if he held on just a little longer, so it was worth the challenge, and he achieved it. Lim Chan-gyu, who caught Choi Jeong, the most difficult lead hitter in the 5th inning, with a foul fly after 3 pitches, struck out the follow-up hitter Han Yu-seom with a 6-pitch swing. Park Seong-han also succeeded in qualifying for the win by fielding a ground ball with just two pitches. Lim Chan-gyu handed the mound to Baek Seung-hyun in the 6th inning and finished his pitching that day.