“Young-pyo Ko, I just like everything.”
SSG manager Kim Won-hyung stuck his tongue out at the pitching of KT starter Ko Young-pyo, whom he had failed to catch the day before, before the 11th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against KT at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 2. SSG was stymied by Ko’s artistic pitching and suffered an 0-8 loss.안전놀이터
Ko faced SSG on the first day of August and pitched eight innings of six-hit ball, striking out four and walking none to earn his ninth win of the season. His fastball, which topped out at 141 mph, was mixed with curveballs (48), sliders (11) and changeups (36) for his ninth consecutive quality start and fourth consecutive quality start-plus. He threw a whopping 75 strikes out of 97 pitches.
Manager Kim Won-hyung said, “He has a good fastball, slider, curve, changeup, and two-seam. And he throws them all to the strike zone. He also has a good changeup.” “His fastball averages in the low 130s, but he has good spin on it. When I mix it up with my curve and changeup, it’s more powerful. From a batter’s perspective, you can’t tell the difference in the pitch tunnel, so he’s a good pitcher.”
“It’s important to throw left, right, up and down, but it’s also important to induce a swing with one bound. That is also a strike. Overall, the corners are good, so we don’t get many hits. It’s something we need to work on,” he added.
The batsmen’s poor form was also a factor in the previous day’s loss. SSG had runners on second and second in the second and fourth innings, runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth, runners on first and third in the seventh, and runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth.
“Our players were not in good shape,” Kim said. No matter how good a pitcher is, he falters when he gives up a run, and no one was able to solve it yesterday.”
After Ko, SSG will face KT’s other ace of the day, William Cuevas. “There aren’t many games where the starting lineup collapses these days,” said Kim. Assuming Kim Kwang-hyun can hold on, we’ll go with a strategy to win the game in the second half.”
SSG’s starting lineup against Cuevas is Choo Shin-soo (designated hitter), Choi Joo-hwan (first base), Choi Jeong (third base), Guillermo Heredia (left field), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Ha Jae-hoon (right field), Kim Kang-min (center field), Kim Sung-hyun (second base), and Kim Min-sik (catcher). The starting pitcher is Kim Kwang-hyun.