‘Choi Won-tae replacement’ LG’s Lee Ji-gang gets the job done with a ‘five-inning no-hitter’

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LG Twins right-hander Lee Ji-gang, 24, pitched an inning of no-hit ball in front of the ‘big pitcher’.

LG Twins right-hander Lee Ji-gang (24) started the game as a replacement for starter Choi Won-tae, who was sent down to the second team, but completed the task after throwing five scoreless innings.

Lee Ji-kang started the game against the KIA Tigers at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 19th and came off the mound with five scoreless innings.

It was more than expected. Before the game, LG manager Yeom Kyung-yup said, “I hope Lee Ji-gang pitches well. Our best winning streak this season is five games in a row. Other teams have won seven or eight games in a row, but we don’t have a starting pitcher. Our streak is short because our starting pitching is not stable from the beginning,” he said, hoping for a good performance from Lee Ji-gang. LG has won four straight games as of the 18th. A win today would make it five in a row.

However, Lee Ji-gang lived up to her manager’s expectations. Lee threw a total of 72 pitches on the day, mainly fastballs (43), changeups (19), sliders (6), and curves (4) against the KIA batters. Her fastball reached a maximum velocity of 145 kilometers per hour.

In the bottom of the first inning, Lee gave up back-to-back singles to Na Sung-bum and Choi Hyung-woo, putting runners on second and third, but he got Kim Sun-bin to ground out to end the inning.

After a triple play in the second inning, Lee Ji-gang gave up a walk to Kim Do-young and a single to Na Sung-beom in the bottom of the third inning, putting runners on second and third with no outs, but he got Choi Hyung-woo to fly out to right field to keep the inning scoreless.토토사이트

After striking out the side in the fourth, Lee Ji-gang gave up a single to Choi Won-joon in the bottom of the fifth, but he got Kim Do-young to fly out to right field to end the inning. There was only one wild pitch, and overall, the pitching was steady.

On the other hand, KIA’s starting “big man” Yang Hyun-jong gave up four runs, including a solo home run to LG infielder Moon Bo-kyung in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fourth.

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