‘Musa 3rd base → KKK Show’ 2 innings scoreless pitches, 173cm rookie

 LG Twins’ rookie pitcher Park Myeong-geun showed off his strikeout ability in a safe third base crisis and blocked it without conceding a run.토토사이트

Park Myeong-geun pitched as a relief pitcher in the 2023 KBO league demonstration game against Kiwoom held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 26th.

Park Myung-geun, who came to the mound as the second pitcher following the starter, performed well in his long relief duties with one hit and three strikeouts in two innings. 

The defense at the bottom of the 4th inning led LG to 1-3. Park Myeong-geun came up as a relief pitcher following starter Kim Yun-shik. The first batter, Kim Hui-jip, allowed a double in left line. The breaking ball fell well, but Kim Hui-jip hit it well. The ball he hit with his back collapsed slightly exceeded the height of the third baseman and landed on the left line. Kim Hui-jip quickly settled on second base.

In the second base out of the box, Park Myung-keun hit the mitt of catcher Park Dong-won and fell backwards as his first pitch went high against the next hitter, Kim Gun-hee. The runner on second base advanced to third base. 

It was a safe third base crisis. The LG infield team played forward defense, but the possibility of blocking it without conceding seemed slim. However, Park Myeong-geun turned Kim Kun-hee into a strikeout with a swing. Kim Dong-heon also struck out on a swing with a one-bound breaking ball. After catching two outcounts, Kim Joon-wan was grounded by the second baseman and the third base crisis was safely finished without a run. LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who was in the dugout, and fellow players all clapped for Park Myung-geun’s good pitch. 

Park Myung-geun, who also took the mound in the 5th inning, ended Kiwoom’s top batting lines 1-3 with a three-way strike. Kim Hye-seong pitched a ground ball to second baseman. Lim Ji-yeol, who hit a double earlier, struck out with a 145km fastball. He then finished the inning with a 147km fastball to Lee Jung-hoo, who hit 1st and 3rd consecutive hits, with a floating ball in left field. 

Park Myung-geun, who was nominated by LG in the 3rd round of the 2023 rookie draft (27th overall), was the only rookie to participate in the LG Spring Camp and received a lot of attention. He showed good pitching from the camp practice game, boasting a slide step of almost 1 second and tremendous quick motion. Even with his fast runners, he couldn’t even attempt to steal second base.

Despite being a sidearm pitcher with a short height of 173cm, he threw a fastball over 150km in his 3rd year of high school. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop noticed Park Myung-geun early on and said he would put him in the opening roster. 

He was also tested as a starting pitcher in an exhibition game, and plans to use it as a long relief in the middle. Park Myeong-geun took the mound in three demonstration games and recorded an average ERA of 2.16 with 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 2 runs in 8⅓ innings.

While first-round rookie pitchers such as Kim Seo-hyeon (Hanwha), Yoon Young-cheol (KIA), and Shin Young-woo (NC) are attracting attention, third-rounder Park Myeong-geun is also emerging as a real rookie.  

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