The reputation of a pitching expert is regrettable. National team coach Lee Kang-cheol, who served as the head coach for the first time in an international tournament, blamed himself for successive pitcher management failures. 

The Korean national team, which participated in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), lost two games in a row due to a collapse of the mound in the first round Group B group stage. On the 9th, they were defeated 7-8 by Australia, and on the 10th, they were defeated 4-13, almost suffering a cold game humiliation from Japan, their ‘rival’. 

The mound collapsed with 21 runs in 17 innings in 2 games. Above all, coach Lee Kang-cheol, who has recorded 152 wins in total and is leading a successful leadership life as a ‘pitcher expert’, repeated his disappointment in pitching management. He led the team to win the first Korean Series as KT Wiz’s command tower, and has a good knowledge of short-term pitcher management. However, he admitted to losing one after another in international competitions.

Coach Lee Kang-cheol said at a press conference after losing the game against Japan held at Tokyo Dome on the 10th, “I got the win in the beginning. I think I failed to manage the pitcher because the pitcher replacement was delayed.” 

Korea took the lead with Kang Baek-ho’s double in the 3rd inning against Japanese starter Yu Darvish, followed by Yang Eui-ji’s two-run home run, and after two outs, Lee Jung-hoo’s one RBI hit hit the team 3-0. 

However, starter Kwang-Hyun Kim struck out 5 up to the 2nd inning and pitched perfectly, then got on the mound with a 3-point lead in the 3rd inning, showing a difficult situation. He allowed back-to-back walks on 8th and 9th. 

Then, it was against No. 1 major leaguer Nutba. Kim Gwang-hyun continued to throw, and Nutba scored 1 RBI on time, and Gondo 1 RBI and mid-month double. He was replaced by Won Tae-in at 2nd and 3rd base of Musa, who was chased by 3-2. Won Tae-in deliberately sent Ohtani to 4 pitches to run the bases-loading strategy, struck out and allowed major leaguer Yoshida to hit 2 RBIs in a timely manner.  스포츠토토

When Kim Gwang-hyun was shaken by a series of walks, it was regrettable that he had to change pitchers when he gave up one point at the latest. Coach Lee said, “The 3rd inning was the place to win. If I don’t concede, there could be a good opportunity, but I handed over the victory,” and blamed himself for “the pitcher replacement was late.” 

In the 6th inning, which was pursued 4-6 by Park Gun-woo’s solo home run, left-hander Kim Yun-sik posted when Jeong Cheol-won hit a triple to the lead batter. Walk-four ball-push It was the worst result as a walk. Following the sluggish performance of young left-hander Kim Yun-sik of the national team, left-hander Koo Chang-mo took the mound in the 7th inning and was knocked out in the 1st and 2nd base crisis. Lee Eui-ri, who followed up, also made the worst pitching with a walk – a wild throw (run) – a walk – a strikeout – a push walk. 

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