Hyo-jong Kang (21)메이저놀이터, the 5th starting pitcher for the LG Twins, made a fresh start.
Kang Hyo-jong made his first start of the season in Game 3 against Kiwoom held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 6th, pitching well with 3 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 5 innings. Out of 87 pitches, 52 were strikes. He threw a fast ball with a maximum speed of 152 km and an average speed of 146 km. He stole the timing by mixing a slider with a maximum speed of 141 km, a fast changeup of 142 km, and a curve.
In the 1st and 2nd innings, as if he was nervous, his pitching was slightly shaken and he struggled, but he slowly found stability in the defense and scoring support.
He sent out two runners each inning until the third inning, but he did not give up a run in crisis management. In the 4th and 5th innings, he easily passed the innings with strikeouts while finding a sense of stability. The fifth inning, a 3–0 lead, caught his first three-way offense against the top lineup.
Kang Hyo-jong passed the mound to the bullpen from the 6th inning, leading 3-0. In the 7th inning, LG ran one more run to make the score 4-0, raising the possibility of Kang Hyo-jong’s first win of the season and second win in his career.
LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop picked Kang Hyo-jong as the 5th starter before the season opener and said, “The fastball, slider, and curveball are all pitchers with high value.” A player who should be,” he highly praised.
Kang Hyo-jong proved that he was not wrong with his impressive pitching in his first start.