LG experimented with ‘running baseball’ to its heart’s content in an exhibition match against Lotte. Catcher Yoo Kang-nam, who transferred from LG to Lotte as a free agent last winter (4 years, 8 billion won), could not stop his team from playing baseball.
A match between LG and Lotte in the 2023 KBO League demonstration game held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 19th. Yoo Kang-nam, who took a break from playing the previous day, entered the starting lineup. The previous day (18th), LG succeeded in stealing 7 bases against Lotte Battery. Lotte catcher Lee Jeong-hoon, Ji-wan Ji, and backup players came out and focused on the pitcher’s slow slide step.
Regarding LG’s 7 stolen bases on the 18th before the game, Sutton said, “The opponent showed active base running. Still, the positive thing for us is that we blocked out (twice) with checks. The catcher needs to refine the details in the throwing part. will do,” he said. 스포츠토토
After the game the previous day, Yoo Kang-nam expressed his confidence, saying, “I couldn’t play because the coach didn’t let me play today. If I go out tomorrow, I won’t let you play. I won’t let you try to play at all.”
However, LG players boldly ran when they reached base. On this day, he tried to steal three times and succeeded 100%. After two outs in the second inning, trailing by 0-2, LG seized a chance with one hit and two four balls thanks to Lotte starter Han Hyun-hee’s search for a ball. With a push walk and Park Hae-min’s two RBIs, a timely hit to the left turned the score around 3-2.
Park Hae-min, the runner on first base in the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, stole 2nd base, and Yoo Gang-nam failed to even attempt a throw to 2nd base. Park Hae-min started so quickly and was conscious of the runner on third base.
In the 5th inning, LG had a left-handed hit by Moon Seong-joo, and Oh Ji-hwan walked out after a run. Moon Bo-kyung’s center fielder’s fly ball caught the runner on second base and tagged up to third base. With Park Dong-won at bat in the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, 1st base runner Oh Ji-hwan attempted to steal 2nd base. Yoo Gang-nam’s throw almost hit the pitcher and headed for second base with a one-bound. Safe. Pitcher Lee Min-seok had to throw Park Dong-won to treat it as a ground ball, so there were no additional runs.
In the 7th inning, LG’s lead batter Moon Seong-joo went on base with a walk, and was replaced by runner Shin Min-jae. Shin Min-jae immediately attempted to steal second base from Lee Cheon-woong’s plate and succeeded. Yoo Kang-nam threw it quickly, but Shin Min-jae’s sliding was faster. Thanks to the success of stealing base, Lee Chun-woong’s first baseman ground ball made him 1 out and 3 base. Afterwards, Kim Gi-yeon’s right-handed hit led to Shin Min-jae scoring, widening the score to 4-2.
Prior to the match against Lotte, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “We have been preparing since spring camp, and the players are doing well under the leadership of coaches Jong-beom Lee and Min-ho Kim. LG’s strength is creating one more. will,” he said.
“When facing LG, we have a lot to prepare, and we are preparing the team color, which is a tricky team. Stolen bases are also linked to offense. Just instilling an image that our runners can always move is a success. The opponent’s battery is “If you care about runners, the pitcher’s slide step and the catcher’s ball distribution will also change. It can cause misplaced pitches and the catcher can shake,” he explained.
He continued, “If I run 10 times, I think I can get what I can get if I succeed 7 times.