‘Crazy’ League’s Most Erroneous Player?…Kim Joo-won’s Super Catch Saves NC with 2 outs in the 9th inning
‘Crazy’ moment shortstop Kim Joo-won, who soared like Superman to save his team in a moment of crisis, sat on the ground with a dazed look on his face after catching the ball, while his older brothers rushed over and hugged him fiercely.
Game 2 of the playoffs between KT and NC at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on May 31. NC’s momentum from the first game, led by ace Pedi, continued in the second game. Starting pitcher Shin Min-hyuk dominated the KT lineup with 6.1 innings of one-hit ball, four walks, one strikeout and two hits.
After NC’s Park Gun-woo hit an outfield single in the first inning and leadoff hitter Kim Joo-won tripled in the third, Son Asub’s infield single was followed by a fielding error by KT first baseman Park Byung-ho, allowing the third baseman to reach home. Early in the game, 먹튀검증토토사이트 NC took advantage of a home run and an error to take the lead.
In the eighth inning, with runners on first and second and KT Oh Yoon-seok hitting a sacrifice fly to center field, NC manager Kang Myung-hwa pulled out his closer’s card when Kim Sang-soo was batting. Lee Yong-chan, who was responsible for four outs, hit a single against the first batter, Kim Sang-soo, to cut the deficit to 3-2, but did not allow a comeback.
In the bottom of the ninth, after allowing back-to-back singles to KT’s Park Byung-ho and Jang Jang-woo, NC’s closer Lee Yong-chan regained his composure by striking out Moon Sang-chul with runners on first and second. He then struck out pinch-hitter Kim Jun-tae to end the game with one out. After getting Choi Jae-dae to fly out to center, he faced Oh Yoon-seok with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, KT Oh Yoon-seok turned his bat as a four-pitch forkball came in high and true at 2B 1S. It wasn’t a hard hit, but it flew toward the shortstop. NC’s Kim Joo-won didn’t hesitate for a second.
In the moment of crisis, NC shortstop Kim Joo-won flew like Superman. He stretched out his gloved left hand like an animal. Unlike when handling a ground ball, it was difficult to see the ball all the way through the process of flying toward a straight hit, but Kim’s glove contained Oh Yoon-seok’s hit.
KT’s Oh Yoon-seok, who was expecting an infield hit at the very least, ran toward first base after the hit and jumped up and down in disappointment after seeing NC shortstop Kim Joo-won’s super catch.
It was a hit that could have ended the game. Kim Joo-won, who saved his team with a super catch in the bottom of the ninth inning, sat on the ground and exhaled. Third baseman Seo Ho-cheol, second baseman Park Min-woo, and left fielder Kim Sung-wook, who were playing defense with sweaty hands, rushed over to him and patted him on the back.
KT requested a video review, but it was determined that the ball went directly into Kim’s glove before it was bound, giving NC a thrilling 3-2 victory.
NC’s scary momentum, with a crazy player coming out in every game of fall baseball. They are on a winning streak without a single loss in six games, including the wild card. Manager Kang Myung-hyun gave a thumbs up to NC’s Kim Joo-won, who saved the day with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.