“I was trying to fight head-to-head.”
Just as he did in Korea, he ran to the mound in Japan with his long hair flying.
Crisis of desperate situation without sacrificing bases. The Busan man’s choice was just a head-to-head match. The result is a great success. The main character was veteran pitcher Kim Won-joong (Lotte) of the Korean national team.
The Korean baseball team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, won the final match against the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 7th, winning 7-4.
With Korea running away 7-2, Hanshin’s attack in the bottom of the 8th inning. Hanshin hitters began to exert their strength against Jung Woo-young (LG), a fastball sidearm. Leading batsman Sato fired a solo gun in the middle of the chase. The score was 7-3.
This was not the end. Haraguchi pulled out a double against Jung Woo-young and raised the momentum. The cheers of the Hanshin fans on the first base side continued to grow louder. Although it was an evaluation match, cheers from Japanese fans wishing for Hanshin’s victory engulfed the Osaka Kyocera Dome.스포츠토토
Was it like that? Jung Woo-young, who experienced many away games in the KBO League, began to shake. It allowed Inoue and Shimada to walk consecutively, putting the bases full safely. I couldn’t let Jung Wooyoung go any longer. Director Lee Kang-cheol made a decision. In the most critical situation, the card chosen by the command tower was Lotte Giants closer Kim Won-joong.
Kim Won-joong, who participated in 43 games last season, recorded 2 wins, 3 losses, 17 saves and 2 holds, and an average ERA of 3.98. Hanshin’s hitter was Kento Itohara, who had excellent contact skills. The winner is Wonjoong Kim. Inducing Itohara to double play, he created two outcounts in an instant. Although the third base runner came home, it was the best result because it was not a one-run game.
Kim Won-joong, who was riding the momentum, looked and struck out the follow-up Watanabe and then clenched his fists. The teammates in the Korean dugout on the third base side were getting ready to greet Kim Won-joong, shouting their throats.
Kim Won-joong, whom we met in the Mixed Zone after the game, said, “I went up with the thought that I had to block it well. Rather than going back, I went up to play a head-on game.”
The support of Hanshin fans grew stronger in the midst of a crisis. Wouldn’t it be a burden?
“Even in Korea, when I go to an away game, I hear a lot of cheering.
Inducing a ground ball was the best scenario.
“I tried to increase the outcount by winning quickly.”
Regarding the scene where he clenched his fist, he said, “I blocked it well. It felt like that.”
He sang hope, “As you can see, the team atmosphere is good. It’s a process of adapting. It went well today, and it will get better in the future.”
Long hair, now his trademark. Kim Won-joong’s long hair, which also appeared against Orix the previous day (6th), also drew attention among Japanese fans.
Regarding this, Kim Won-joong asked, “Oh really?” and laughed chicly, saying, “Please call me Joongscom (Kim Won-joong + Tim Lincecum).”
He emphasized, “The original finish is a position that suddenly prepares and leaves during the game. That’s how you have to go out and produce results.”
The national team players are getting in shape earlier than other KBO league players for the WBC tournament. It may even affect the season. However, Kim Won-jung said, “I don’t think about things that haven’t happened. It’s my job to prepare for the game now. I only think about this tournament. I’ll think about the season after finishing well without getting hurt here. That’s for later.” chopped up