LG’s rookie pitcher Park Myung-geun recorded his first save following his first win in his debut.
Park Myung-geun took the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning with a 2-1 lead against NC held at NC Park in Changwon on the 3rd. In LG, starter Plutko pitched well with 7 innings and 1 run, and in the 8th inning, Yoo Young-chan came up and scored 1 scoreless inning.
Newcomer Park Myeong-geun, who had his first win (save victory) in his debut the day before, took the mound to close the game in the ninth inning. Finisher Ko Woo-seok was out of power due to back muscle pain, so LG started a group finisher system. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said before the game, “Park Myung-geun can go out with a save in the 9th inning,” but Park Myung-geun actually took the mound in the ninth inning.
Park Myung-keun struck the first hitter, Min-woo Park, with a fastball for the first pitch, and took the timing away with a change-up for the second pitch and treated it as a floating ball in left field. He then struck out Park Gun-woo with a 148km fastball with a miss swing. He handled Chun Jae-hwan as a floating ball in center field and kept the victory by 1 point.
Park Myung-geun said after the game, “I throw without looking at the score difference. I was more excited than nervous.” The following is a question and answer.
-Yesterday was your first win and today you made your first save. impression.
I didn’t know how to win in such a short time, and I didn’t know how to record a save, but it seems that good results continued because the coach was so active.
– When did you start preparing for today’s match?
I went in about the 8th episode and listened to what the coach said and prepared from then on.
-Aren’t you nervous? It’s a 1 point differenceㅋㅋㅋ벳.
To be honest, I tend to go up without looking at the difference in scores, so I think my excitement was a little bigger than my nervousness.
-You started with the opening entry, and now you have the Pil Seung-jo and the finish. Did you expect that you would do well and establish yourself so quickly?
He hadn’t even thought about it. Since I kept showing a very bad image in the beginning, rather than good thoughts, I thought that I should do well today, I should do well today. Still, as I continued to play, the hyungs told me, I got used to the stadium, and I thought about what kind of baseball I should play.
-What kind of baseball do you think?
As much as I step into the mound and baseball field, I think I should throw with the thought that I am the king. Every time I go into a game, I try to do it with a mindset of just having fun rather than being nervous.
-How did you throw in the 9th inning with a 1-point difference?
It seems that there was not much difference. In any situation and at any timing, I think there will be good results if you believe in the catcher’s lead and the fielder’s defense and throw. (gradually by 1) I didn’t throw it consciously.
– You’ve won, held, and saved, but what do you want to do next?
I don’t have a specific plan, but I think it’s best if I can help the team win by doing my best in a given position.