“It was good to overcome various crises.”
LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said of Kang Hyo-jong, who had a good fight against kt Wiz in the 2023 KBO League demonstration game held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 23rd, “It was good to see Kang Hyo-jong stealing the timing of batters by throwing various breaking balls. As of today, Kang Hyo-jong has been confirmed as the 5th starter, and as a coach, I have high expectations that Hyo-jong will show a good performance this year.”
On this day, Kang Hyo-jong recorded 3 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 1 run in 4 innings. He threw the most sliders. 23 pieces. Following this, he picked and threw a fastball (22), curve (7), and changeup (2). Top speed is 150 km/h. He became a winning pitcher.
It was disappointing to have a home run, but other than that, it was neat. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop showed the reason why he was designated as the 5th starter in this game. In particular, there was a risk of conceding two outs and bases loaded in the 4th inning, but he overcame the crisis by using the slider to treat Kim Jun-tae as a grounder on first base.
After the game, Kang Hyo-jong said, “It’s unfortunate that I hit a home run, but it was nice to be able to overcome various crises today. In particular, I think it is fortunate that I got through the walk and dead ball situation in the 4th inning.” 안전놀이터
He also appeared as a starter in the Samsung Lions match held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 16th. At that time, Kang Hyo-jong had a good pitching with 2 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 3 innings. His top speed was also 150 km/h.
Kang Hyo-jong said, “Like the last game, I actively threw strikes to make in-play batting balls and try to win quickly.”
He also thanked catcher Kim Ki-yeon, who worked with the battery on this day. Kang Hyo-jong said, “(Kim) Ki-yeon and his older brother have been working together in the 2nd team for a long time and were able to play comfortably.”
Finally, Kang Hyo-jong said with strength, “Now the season is approaching, and I will continue to work hard to show my fans a good image.”