‘Kim Gwang-hyun’s drinking controversy → starting pitching in 995 days’ 5-year left-hander who unexpectedly got an opportunity, will there be another opportunity?

Will SSG Landers Baek Seung-geon (23) get a chance to start again? 

Baek Seung-gun started the match against the Samsung Lions in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 1st and made a good pitch with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk in 4 innings.메이저사이트

Originally, Kim Gwang-hyun was scheduled to be the starting pitcher in this game. However, Kim Gwang-hyun participated in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March as a national representative, but was swept up in a drinking controversy and was canceled from the first team entry on the 1st, and suddenly, 5-year left-handed pitcher Baek Seung-geon took the mound as a starting pitcher. 

Baek Seung-gun is a temporary starter, but he got a chance to start after 995 days after the match against Kiwoom on September 9, 2020. Although he did not become the winning pitcher, he laid the foundation for his team’s victory by pitching four scoreless innings. 

Baek Seung-gun, who said, “I was nervous after a long time starting, but throwing my ball without avoiding the batter and the game led to good results.” I thought of myself as a pitcher and worked on long innings without being greedy. He thinks he has done his part well enough for 4 innings rather than whether he pitched in the 5th. He said, “I am happy to be able to show good pitching recently, and I want to play well in the future by taking the mound when the team needs it under any circumstances.”

Manager Kim Won-hyung said, “I wanted to take care of the victory, but it’s a pity.” However, he was worried about whether he should go out to the bullpen in the next appearance or start one more time, and from the 4th inning, he felt that the ball was losing power, so he decided to replace it.” 

Baek Seung-gun, who also trained in Okinawa, Japan with Kim Gwang-hyun during the off-season, has the possibility of getting another starter opportunity. Coach Won-hyung Kim said, “Since he became a starting pitcher after two years, he may have had a strong desire to become a winning pitcher by throwing up to the 5th inning. Still, thank you for respecting the opinions of the coaching staff. If he goes out as a starting pitcher next time, he is likely to pitch 3 or 4 innings at that time as well. It hasn’t been decided yet, but I’m thinking a lot about Baek Seung-gun as the next starting pitcher.” 

Baek Seung-gun is doing well this season with an average ERA of 2.33 with 2 wins and 1 loss in 20 games (27 innings). If Baek Seung-gun, who has played an important role in filling the gap of Kim Gwang-hyun, succeeds in seizing a good opportunity once again, it is expected to be an opportunity to grow one step further. 

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