“I’m not physically tired. Thanks to my wife’s support…”
‘First out of a bases-loaded jam→2 scoreless innings’ 37-year-old veteran says, “I’m not physically tired. Thanks to my wife’s support…”
LG veteran Kim Jin-sung pitched two multi-inning innings to earn the save.
Kim Jin-sung took the mound in the eighth inning of the game against KT at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Feb. 2. Earlier, Kim Dae-hyun, who pitched the eighth inning, gave up a walk, a hit, and a double (one RBI) to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Kim Jin-sung, who was preparing to close out the ninth inning, came on quickly. He got the first batter, Ahn Chi-young, to fly out to the catcher. He then walked Cho Myung-ho to load the bases.
Jin-sung gave up a run on a full count to Hwang Jae-gyun, who decided to walk. The score was 5-4. The bases were still loaded. Jin-sung Kim got Alford to ground out to third base on a one-ball, one-strike pitch to end the threat.
Back on the mound for the ninth inning, Jin-sung got Park Byung-ho to foul out to third base, Choi Jae-dae to fly out to left field, and Kim Jun-tae to strike out the pinch-hitter on three pitches to end the game. The scorekeeper gave Kim the win, not the save.
“I want to thank and praise Kim Jin-sung for coming out in a difficult situation in the eighth inning and pitching two good innings as a senior,” said manager Yeom Kyung-yeop after the game.
After the game, Kim Jin-sung said, “My body is not tired, but I thought that my concentration would be a little bit off (if I rested and pitched again), so I tried to throw as hard as I could. Do-hwan did a good job leading the way,” he said. Here’s the Q&A
I got a two-inning save.
It’s not hard. I don’t even remember when I did it (a two-inning save). I think it was probably in 2014 (during the NCs)…
-On how hard it was to pitch the second inning.
I didn’t feel tired, but I was worried about my concentration. I tried to throw as hard as I could, and thankfully it worked out. Do-hwan did a good job of leading off.
-In the eighth inning, I had a tough situation with back-to-back walks.
I got a forked ball on the first pitch, so I think I was mentally chasing it. In the ninth inning, I decided to go for the fastball first, even if I got hit. I got the first batter, Byung-ho Park, out. In the eighth inning, it was a little bit difficult, but in the ninth inning, I mainly threw fastballs.
-In the 8th inning, with the bases loaded, you switched to a fastball.
He originally signed for a forkball, 먹튀검증 but he said he was going to go with a fastball. I think that was a good call.
-Magic Number One. What is the mood of the players? There are a few players who have never experienced a magic number.
They said they hadn’t experienced it, they didn’t know what it was, so they just said it was the same. They like it a lot. I think he’s hiding it. Jihwan said he’s going to cry if he wins.
-We have a chance to win at home tomorrow.
Honestly, it’s best to play at home in front of our fans, but the best thing is to win no matter where it is.
At the end of the interview, Kim thanked his wife. He said, “I’m where I am today because of my wife’s support. I signed a free agent contract and I’m playing baseball well,” he said.