KIA Tigers manager Kim Jong-kook met with reporters at Gwangju Kia Champions Field on the 16th and left a harsh word for closer Jung Hae-young (22). Jung Hae-young took the mound in the top of the ninth inning against the Doosan Bears in Gwangju on the 15th and took the loss with only one hit, three outs, and two runs in ⅓ innings.
The process itself was bad. Jung Hae-young struck out Yang Eui-ji, the leadoff hitter, and cut off the first tape well. However, he caused a crisis by sending out the next batter, Jose Rojas, on a walk. With one out and runners on first base, Kang Seung-ho got on base with an infield hit in front of the pitcher, and Doosan showed its determination to turn the game around somehow by changing second baseman Rojas to fast runner Lee Yoo-chan. 카지노사이트
Since then, Jung Hae-young has not been able to throw his own ball and has only thrown balls in a row. In the end, Heo Kyung-min was sent out with a walk and was on the verge of a full base with one out, and pinch hitter Kim In-tae allowed a walk, making it 6-7.
Head coach Kim had no choice but to replace Jung Hae-young, who was shaken by three walks alone. Even the changed pitcher Jang Hyun-sik allowed a walk to Park Joon-young in a one-out full base crisis, losing 6-8.
Head coach Kim said, “(Jung Hae-young should have played against the batters), but I could see that he was trying to make it difficult. I think I just tried not to get hit. That’s a bit disappointing. Starting today, we have to play head-to-head and overpower our opponents. He confessed, “I should have been able to make a hit or strikeout, but that’s a little disappointing.”
Coach Kim had no choice but to say bitter things because it was not like Jung Hae-young. Jung Hae-young is a promising player who graduated from Gwangju Jeil High School and joined KIA as the first nominee in 2020, drawing attention with five wins and 11 holds since his debut season. From the 2021 season, he took on a full-fledged closure mission and grew into a closer representing KIA.
Jung Hae-young, who is in his fourth year as a professional, recorded 82 saves in his career. He made 34 saves in 2021 and 32 saves in 2022 to become the league’s top finisher. Jung Hae-young achieved 30 saves for two consecutive seasons at the age of 21 years, 1 month and 1 day, the youngest ever to win the title. Lim’s previous youngest record was 23 years, 2 months, and 7 days. He was also listed as the first pitcher in Tigers history to achieve 30 saves in two consecutive seasons.
But this year, the ups and downs have been severe. In 41 games, he recorded 3 wins, 3 losses, 15 saves, 1 hold, 37⅔ innings, and a 3.58 ERA. At the end of May, he was removed from the first-tier entry and spent more than a month in the second-tier team to reorganize. Confidence also dropped sharply on the mound due to problems with speed and pitching. It was also shocking that he was not selected for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games national team, which seemed natural due to the prolonged slump.
Jung Hae-young seemed to have regained her pace since the end of last month. He saved five consecutive games from the match against the Hanwha Eagles in Gwangju on the 25th of last month to the match against the LG Twins in Gwangju on the 10th, which was a great help to KIA’s fight for the semifinals. He missed a day in the game on the 15th, but if he quickly regained the stability he showed in the previous game, he could help the KIA bullpen again.
Head coach Kim once again said, “I was a little disappointed that I gave up a lot of walks in the ninth inning,” and hoped that even if Jung Hae-young lost, he would fight head-on with the opponent’s batter to produce results and make a convincing pitch.