Rookie Song Young-jin’s surprise fight… Kim Gwang-hyun, the power of SSG that does not show even if Romero is missing

Young-Jin Song (SSG Landers), a 19-year-old rookie pitcher, gave his team a victory with a near-perfect pitch in his first start. 

Song Young-jin started the home game against the NC Dinos at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 14th and recorded 5 no hits and no runs in 5 innings. He went down the mound in the 6th inning with a 1-0 lead, and the team won 2-1, earning his first win in his debut and a thrilling first start. 

Song Young-jin joined SSG after receiving the 15th overall nomination in the 2nd round of the 2023 rookie draft. He completed SSG’s 1st team camp and took part in 4 exhibition games, recording 1 win and 1 hold with an ERA of 1.50. Even after getting on the opening entry, he was out of the bullpen for two games and pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings. 

His aggressive pitching, striking out 7 out of a total of 82 pitches in 5 innings that day, stood out. He also got three 4-and-4 pitches in the 4th and 5th innings. In the beginning of the 5th inning, he induced a strike-not-out with a slider at 132 km per hour after an 8-pitch game with 2nd base, 1st and 2nd base Han Seok-hyun. 

Leading SSG earned more than one win confirming future selection resources.  

Young-Jin Song’s appearance on this day was given an opportunity when ace Gwang-Hyun Kim was temporarily absent due to inflammation of the left shoulder bursitis. Earlier, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung also said, “It’s an alternative selection, but it will be a good opportunity for me. As a starting resource in the future, the opportunity came quickly.” ” he praised. 

Currently, SSG is missing foreign pitcher Eni Romero in addition to Kim Gwang-hyun. A chronic shoulder injury recurred, and the store is closed from the exhibition game to the regular season.

The biggest concern coach Kim Won-hyung revealed ahead of the opening was the management of the starting team following Romero’s injury and departure. 

Although the expected foreign pitcher as an ace is missing, there is no difficulty in rotating the 5 starting rotation (Kim Gwang-hyun, Kirk McCarty, Park Jong-won, Moon Seung-won, Oh Won-seok). Park Jong-hoon and Moon Seung-won, who joined in the middle of last season, are digesting the rotation from the start of this season. Oh Won-seok, who went back and forth between selection and salvation last year, also joined the rotation. Moon Seung-won won his first start in 682 days with 8 scoreless innings against the Samsung Lions on the 12th, and Oh Won-seok played 7-6 innings in two appearances.  

The SSG starting mound is missing two key pitchers, but it doesn’t show much. SSG is the driving force behind it.스포츠토토 Of course, long-term operation will lead to overload or weakening of the bullpen, but Kim Gwang-hyun will return after a 10-day break, and Romero’s position is looking for a replacement player. 

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