LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop was hit repeatedly by his former favorite student, Ko Jong-wook (KIA), in the double header on the 9th.
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop recently mentioned pinch hitters. Director Yeom said, “There is no need for a pinch hitter. “An experienced veteran can do better as a pinch hitter than a young player,” he said. “I would like to bring in a pinch hitter in the second draft after the season. “Wouldn’t there be at least one (decent player)?” he said. He continued, “A player like Ko Jong-wook is perfect. He added, “Isn’t he doing well as a pinch hitter?”토토사이트
Ko Jong-wook worked with Coach Yeom when he was the Nexen coach (2013-2016), and in 2019, when Coach Yeom became the SK coach, he was brought to SK through the first three-team triangular trade.
Go Jong-wook recorded good results under Manager Yeom, with a batting average of .301 in 2015, a batting average of .303 and 4 in 2016, and a batting average of .32 and 3 in 2019. Coach Yeom gave Ko Jong-wook a chance by playing him as the second hitter, and he responded accordingly.
Coach Yeom resigned as SK coach at the end of the 2020 season, and Ko Jong-wook was released from SSG after playing the 2021 season, but has since received a new opportunity at KIA and is mainly playing as a pinch hitter.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop is giving a high five to Ko Jong-wook during the SK era in 2019. / OSEN DB
Double header between LG and KIA held in Gwangju on the 9th. In the bottom of the 8th inning, when KIA was down 5-6 in Game 1, with one out, Kim Sun-bin’s hit to left-center and Lee Woo-sung’s second base hit to the infield created a chance for first and second base. The KIA bench used Ko Jong-wook as a pinch hitter in Kim Kyu-seong’s at-bat.
Ko Jong-wook tied the score at 6-6 with a hit to the right, hitting a forkball with 1 ball and 2 strikes against LG bullpen’s sure-to-be winner Yoo Young-chan. In an unfavorable count, he successfully attacked Yoo Young-chan’s main weapon, the forkball.
KIA, riding on momentum with the score tied, achieved a come-from-behind victory when Park Chan-ho hit a timely hit against LG’s closer Ko Woo-seok with 2 outs and runners on first and second base, turning the score around 7-6.
Ko Jong-wook came out as a pinch hitter in Lee Woo-sung’s at-bat in the bottom of the 5th inning when the team was down 3-5 in Game 2. Against pitcher Park Myung-geun (sidearm), who had been replaced, he hit a 1-RBI hit and trailed by 4-5.
With bases loaded and no outs, the result of the first batter is important. If you get the first out without scoring a strikeout, ground ball, etc., you can often see cases where the game ends without scoring a single point.
Ko Jong-wook came on as the first batter and hit a timely hit in a pressured situation with no outs and bases loaded, and then Choi Hyeong-woo came on as a pinch hitter and hit a come-from-behind home run with the bases loaded and no outs, instantly turning the game around 8-5. KIA continued its momentum and won the second game 12-7.
After completing the double header, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk encouraged Ko Jong-wook, saying, “I also want to praise Ko Jong-wook for hitting a timely hit in the game-winning game in the second game as well as in the first game.”
Ko Jong-wook played in 88 games this season and has a batting average of .316 (61 hits in 193 at-bats), 2 home runs, 26 RBIs, and an OPS of .770.
He is strong as a chancer and pinch hitter. In scoring situations, he is 22-for-57 with a batting average of .308, 6 doubles, and 24 RBIs. As a pinch hitter, he recorded 12 hits in 38 at-bats in 42 at-bats, a high batting average of .316, 4 walks, and 12 RBIs.
Ko Jong-wook has been a pinch hitter the most in the league this season. He has the most pinch hits. KT Moon Sang-cheol is second with 5 hits in 29 at-bats (batting average of .172) in 30 at-bats, and KT Kim Jun-tae is third with 8 hits in 25 at-bats (batting average of .320) in 29 at-bats.