Lee Jung-yong of the LG Twins had a dynamic season. He started the season as a closer while Ko Woo-seok was out with an injury, then moved back to the middle and took on the big challenge of making the transition to starting for the first time in his professional career. It paid off, and he certainly made a big contribution to LG’s first regular season title in 29 years.
The LG Twins’ Lee Jung-yong’s season remains dynamic. Manager Yoon Kyung-yeop Lee saw the experienced pitcher as his “all-around card” for the Korean Series, and he was ready to go. He pitched the seventh inning in Game 1, the first inning in Game 2, and the ninth inning in Game 3, pitching for his team in any situation. Just as he did in the regular season, Lee’s steps were in sync with the team’s path to the championship.
LG, led by Yoon Kyung-yeop, won the third game of the Korean Series against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League postseason on Tuesday at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, 8-7 in a batting battle. After dropping the first game 2-3, LG bounced back with a 5-4 victory in game two to even the series at one game apiece and take a 2-1 series lead with the victory.
Lee Jung-yong entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. LG, which had lost the lead in the eighth inning on Park Byung-ho’s two-run homer in a 5-5 tie, regained the lead at 8-7 in the top of the ninth on Oh Ji-hwan’s triple, and Ko Woo-seok, who had been on the mound since the eighth inning, put runners on first and second again in the bottom of the ninth.
In a breathtaking moment when the game could have been over with a single ball, Lee Jung-yong, facing the top of the order, threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. The forked ball bounced well out of the strike zone. This led to an automatic double play, putting runners on first and second.
Another wild pitch would have tied the game. Kim Sang-soo was up next, and Lee Jung-yong got a strike with a first-pitch fastball and then a two-pitch slider. Kim Sang-soo reacted to the pitch. The pitch was in front of Lee, who calmly caught it and threw it home. Catcher Park Dong-won then threw the ball to first base for a double play, ending the game. 토토사이트
Lee relieved Casey Kelly in the seventh inning of Game 1 and tossed ⅔ scoreless innings, while Choi Won-tae took the mound in the first inning of Game 2 after struggling with his pitches and recording just one out. He then pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings in the ninth to earn his first save of the Korean Series. Here’s a one-on-one with Lee after the game.