LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop was pummeled by his former protégé, Ko Jong-wook (KIA), in a doubleheader on September 9.
Yeom recently commented on his pinch-hitter. He said, “I don’t need a pinch-hitter. “I want to bring in one pinch-hitter in the second round of the draft after the season, and I think I can find one (good player),” he said. “A player like Koh Jong-wook is perfect. He’s doing a good job as a substitute,” he added.
Go Jong-wook worked with Yeom when he was the head coach of Nexen (2013-2016) and in 2019, when Yeom became the head coach of SK, he brought Go Jong-wook to SK in the first three-team trade.
Under Yeom, Go Jong-wook batted 3-for-1 in 2015, 3-for-3 in 2016, and 3-for-4 in 2019. Yeom gave him a chance by batting second, and he responded.
Yeom stepped down as SK manager after the 2020 season, and Go Jong-wook was released by SSG after the 2021 season, but has since been given a new opportunity with KIA, where he is primarily a pinch-hitter.스포츠토토
A doubleheader between LG and KIA in Gwangju on the 9th. Trailing 5-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 1, KIA had runners on first and second after Kim Sun-bin singled to left-center and Lee Woo-sung singled to center field. The KIA bench brought in Ko Jong-wook to pinch-hit for Kim Kyu-sung.
Go Jong-wook hit a forked ball to right field on a one-pitch, two-strike count against LG bullpen reliever Yoo Young-chan to tie the game at 6-6. It was a good look at Yoo’s main weapon, the forkball, in a bad count.
With the game tied, KIA took the lead for good when Park Chan-ho hit an RBI single off LG closer Ko Woo-seok with runners on first and second to make it 7-6.
Ko Jong-wook came in to pinch-hit for Lee Woo-sung with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning after falling behind 3-5 in the second game. He hit a single up the middle against reliever Park Myung-geun (sidearm) to cut the deficit to 4-5.
The outcome of the first batter in a bases-loaded situation is crucial. It’s not uncommon for the first out to be a strikeout, a grounder, or a walk, and then the game ends without a run scored.
Go Jong-wook came to bat with the bases loaded and no outs, and then Choi Hyung-woo came to the plate and hit a walk-off home run to make it 8-5. KIA kept the momentum going and won the second game 12-7.
“I also want to praise Ko Jong-wook for hitting a game-winning hit in the second game after the first game,” said KIA coach Kim Jong-guk after the doubleheader.
Go has played in 88 games this season, hitting .193 (61-for-61) with two home runs, 26 RBIs, and a .770 OPS.
Strong at the plate and as a pinch hitter. With runners in scoring position, he is 22-for-57 with three home runs and 24 RBIs. As a pinch hitter, he is 38-for-42 with 12 doubles, a 3-for-6 slugging percentage, four walks and 12 RBIs.
Jong-wook Koh has pinch-hit more than any other player in the league this season. He has the most pinch-hit hits. KT’s Moon Sang-chul is second with 29 hits in 30 at-bats and a .172 batting average, and KT’s Kim Jun-tae is third with 25 hits in 29 at-bats and a .320 batting average.