Kang Hyo-jong, one of LG’s 5 starting candidates, showed off a good pitch in the first appearance of the demonstration game and took the eye of coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop.
Kang Hyo-jong started as a starter in an exhibition match against Samsung held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 16th and recorded 2 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 3 innings.
There was also one major crisis. In the bottom of the second inning, Lee Jae-hyeon’s hit, Lee Byung-hun’s walk, and first baseman Song Chan-eui’s error caused the bases to be loaded with two runs. However, he finished the inning without conceding by handling Kim Hyeon-jun as a shortstop grounder.
Kang Hyo-jong, who showed good pitching until the 3rd inning, finished his mission as a starter when he was replaced by Lim Chan-gyu in the 4th inning.
After the game, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop praised him, saying, “Kang Hyo-jong made good use of his fastball, which is his strong point메이저놀이터, and mixed the breaking ball usefully. He showed good competitiveness as the 5th starter.”
Kang Hyo-jong also said, “Rather than running away pitching, I tried to throw with confidence. I liked the ball during practice pitching, so mind control to throw the pitch in practice seems to have led to good results.”
Regarding the 3 innings scoreless pitching, he said, “I am not a pitcher with good pitching.
He criticized himself for being a poor pitcher, but Kang Hyo-jong showed a marked improvement in his pitching that day. Regarding this, he said, “It seems that practicing a lot of back-throwing with coach Kim Gyeong-tae led to good results.”
Regarding catcher Park Dong-won, who worked with him, he said, “(Park) Dong-won senior always treats me comfortably. Maybe that’s why I was able to pitch and play the game with confidence.”
Then, he said, “(Park) Dong-won jokingly says, ‘Because you are always expecting a lot, take the burden’, but I didn’t have any burden, and if I just keep my pitching strong, it will lead to good results.”
Finally, he expressed his aspirations to the fans, saying, “I will work hard so that I can get a place in the starting lineup. I will work hard so that I can throw in front of the fans at the opening.”
Kang Hyo-jong tasted the sweetness of his first victory in his first team debut match last season. This season, he will settle down in the first team full-time. Attention is focusing on whether Kang Hyo-jong will be able to secure a place in LG’s 5th starting lineup this season.