Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 30th. The first game of the playoffs between KT Wiz and NC Dinos.카지노사이트
Bottom of the 7th inning with NC leading 8-1. KT’s attack. Previously, until the 6th inning, NC starter Eric Peddy left the mound after pitching 6 innings with 3 hits (1 home run), 12 strikeouts, and 1 run (1 earned run). And the second pitcher put forward by NC was Kim Young-gyu, the current ‘NC’s strongest winning team’.
Although the game was down 7 points in the 7th inning, NC coach Kang In-kwon’s temperament of a game-winner was felt. A pitcher replacement without any hesitation. In a situation where the score difference was wide, they could have saved the strongest bullpen and saved the senses of KT’s hitters. Accordingly, Kim Young-gyu was added immediately after Pedi. At the same time as Kim Young-gyu was brought in, the third baseman was also changed to Do Tae-hoon, who also has good defense against Seo Ho-cheol. It was a series of strong performances by Director Kang.
Kim Young-gyu is the ‘key man’ who is active as the best NC bullpen in this postseason. In the first game of the wild card game against Doosan, he earned the honor of being the winning pitcher by pitching 1 inning with 3 walks, 1 strikeout, and no runs. Then, in the semi-playoffs against SSG Landers, he appeared in all 3 games of the series and fought back with 1 win, undefeated, 2 holds, and an ERA of ‘0’. He was on the mound in the 6th inning of each game as the second pitcher in Game 1, the 4th pitcher in Game 2, and the 3rd pitcher in Game 3. And during Game 3, he shut down SSG’s batting lineup by allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 3⅔ innings. In the end, after the series ended, Kim Young-gyu was selected as the semi-playoff Most Valuable Player (MVP).
And on this day, Kim Young-gyu did his part. Although he left a runner in scoring position, he showed excellent crisis management skills. He gave up a hit inside the left field line to leadoff hitter Jang Seong-woo, then allowed pinch hitter Oh Yoon-seok to hit deep into the third base. Kim Young-gyu was suddenly in danger with no outs and 2nd and 3rd bases. KT pressured Kim Young-gyu by putting up pinch runner Jung Jun-young instead of first base runner Oh Yoon-seok, but Kim Young-gyu did not back down easily. After catching Moon Sang-cheol with a fly ball to left field, he succeeded in escaping the crisis by guiding Bae Jeong-dae into a double play in front of the third baseman, eliminating the 7th inning. It was the moment when he successfully pitched 5⅔ innings without allowing a run in all games (5 games) of this year’s postseason. In the end, the team won 9-5 and dominated the first game.
Kim Young-gyu, who graduated from Gwangju Seoseok Elementary School, Mudeung Middle School, and Gwangju Jeil High School, wore the NC uniform as the 79th overall pick in the 2nd 8th round of the 2018 rookie draft. The following year, after recording 5 wins, 4 losses, 1 hold, and an average ERA of 5.29 in the 2019 season, he posted records of 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 hold, and an average ERA of 5.45 in the 2020 season, and 5 wins, 3 losses, and 6 holds, and an average ERA of 5.37 in the 2021 season.
He went back and forth between starting and bullpen for three years from 2019 to 2021. In particular, in the match against Jamsil LG on September 27, 2019, he pitched 109 pitches with 7 hits, 8 strikeouts, and no runs in 9 innings, earning the first surprising shutout of his career. He then switched to the bullpen in earnest starting last season, appearing in all 72 games as a bullpen and recording an ERA of 3.41 with 2 wins, 7 losses, 1 save, and 13 holds. And this season, he appeared as a bullpen in all 63 games and had a career-high season with 2 wins, 4 losses, 24 holds, and an ERA of 3.06. Kim Young-gyu also established himself as a treasure of Korean baseball by wearing the Taegeuk symbol at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. With Koo Chang-mo’s exclusion from the entry list, Kim Young-gyu was named as a replacement player and performed well as a bullpen pitcher.
It is no exaggeration to say that Kim Young-gyu is currently NC’s strongest bullpen resource. However, he is a player who should play as a starting player someday. Will Kim Young-gyu go on the mound in the second game of the playoffs on the 31st and spread his balls to his heart’s content again?