LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop “All bullpens on standby for Game 4…”
LG Twins manager Yoon Kyung-yup, whose team is two games away from winning its first Korean Series title in 29 years with dramatic victories in two consecutive games, predicted an all-out bullpen battle in Game 4.
“It was difficult because we didn’t play good baseball and allowed the reversal, but Oh Ji-hwan hit a three-run homer in the last inning and the closer Lee Jung-yong did a good job to win the game,” Yeom said at an official press conference after the Twins defeated the KT Wiz 8-7 in the third game of the Korean Series at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, on Tuesday.
After an error in the fifth inning set the stage for a big inning, Oh hit a game-winning three-run home run with runners on first and second in the top of the ninth inning when the score was 5-7.
Lee Jung-yong came on in relief with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth and intentionally walked Bae Joo-dae to load the bases, but Kim Sang-soo cooked a pitcher-to-catcher-to-first base double play to secure the dramatic save.
Yeom explained that he was torn between Go Woo-seok and Lee Jung-yong to pitch the eighth inning, so he sent Go Woo-seok up first to break the link to KT’s center field.
However, Yeom pointed out that “Go Woo-seok’s delivery wasn’t bad, but he struggled because his pitches weren’t accurate.”
However, as Lee Jeong-yong ended the game on a good note by pitching a scoreless inning, he expressed his unwavering trust that Go Woo-seok will continue to improve.
After mobilizing seven bullpen pitchers to secure the win in Game 2, Yeom did the same again, using seven pitchers in turn to keep KT’s lead to one run.
“The important thing is that we managed the pitch count well,” Yeom said. “It might be too much for Yoo to throw two innings tomorrow for the second game in a row, but other than that, I don’t have a problem with the other pitchers going all out tomorrow. Yoo Young-chan will also be able to pitch one inning if the situation arises,” he said, predicting a bullpen ‘volume offense’ for the third consecutive game. 파워볼사이트