Last year, Lee Min-ho of the LG Twins, who won 12 games, continued his armed protest in the Futures League.
Lee Min-ho started the Futures League game against the Goyang Heroes at LG Champions Field in Icheon on the 5th and showed a good start with three hits, no outs, four outs, and seven strikeouts in six innings. He also pitched economically with 77 pitches. In particular, at the top of the fourth inning, he also produced a rare scene in which he caught three outs with three balls.
Lee Min-ho, who started with a powerful pitching that struck out No. 1 Kim Joon-wan, No. 2 Lim Ji-yeol, and No. 3 Kim Woong-bin in the top of the first inning, continued his three-game retreat with No. 4 Park Joo-hong’s fly, No. 5 right fielder fly, and No. 6 Kim Gun-hee’s strikeout. He continued his momentum in the third inning. Lee Min-ho, who struck out No. 7 Lee Se-ho after a full count match, pitched perfect until the third inning with No. 8 Park Sung-bin flying to left field and No. 9 Lee Seung-won grounder in front of shortstop. 스포츠토토
In the top of the fourth inning, leader Kim Joon-wan allowed a right-handed hit on the first pitch, ending the no-hit march. However, he immediately caught No. 2 Lim Ji-yeol with a double play in front of the third baseman on the first pitch. In the end, he made two outs with two balls. Even No. 3 Kim Woong-bin handled it with a ground ball in front of the shortstop at the first pitch, creating a unique record in which he finished the top of the fourth inning with three balls.
At the top of the fifth inning, he allowed a hit to the lead Park Joo-hong, but he caught the winner with a center fielder fly with 10 holes, followed by Kim Gun-hee with a center fielder fly and Lee Se-ho with a strikeout.
He was on the verge of losing his first run in the top of the sixth inning. After allowing Lee Seung-won a left-handed hit after one out, he became second base with one out with a wild pitch during Kim Jun-wan’s at-bat. However, Lee Min-ho did not waver. After catching Kim Joon-wan with a fly ball to left field, Lim Ji-yeol struck out with three consecutive balls. Replaced by Lee Sang-young in the top of the seventh inning.
He continues to pitch well in the Futures League. On August 18, when he was a normal starter, he allowed 5 hits and 1 run in 5⅔3 innings against Hanwha, and on August 26, he showed 2 hits, 4 strikeouts and 1 run (non- earned run) in 6 innings against Samsung. It is a sense of stability in quality starts for two consecutive games.
He has shown an iron wall with only two runs (one earned run) in 17⅔ innings in three games so far. His ERA is only 0.51. In particular, Lee Min-ho is pitching very stable with three walks (two walks and one walk) and 14 strikeouts, giving a glimpse of the changed Lee Min-ho.
However, there has been no news of Lee Min-ho’s first-tier call-up yet. Adam Plutko’s injury required an alternative selection, but Kim Yoon-sik, the No. 1 player, got a chance first. He started the game against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 2nd and had several crises, but he showed good performance with six hits, one walk, three strikeouts and one run in five innings. For now, Kim Yoon-sik is likely to remain in the starting lineup and throw.
Lee Min-ho should get a chance in games that require selection with a double header. At that time, there was a game against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 9th, so one more starting pitcher was needed, but manager Yeom Kyung-yeop has already been selected as Son Joo-young.
Lee Min-ho has no choice but to get a glimpse of opportunities while consistently pitching well in the second division. Lee Min-ho needs to be stronger.