‘1 win, 2 holds’ – 3.2 scoreless innings – Associate PO MVP Kim Young-gyu colors fall baseball [SS Star]
“All of our players are MVPs (Most Valuable Players).”
In NC, a young player who has grown to the next level, is firmly supporting his back. Among them, left-hander Young-Gun Kim Young-Gyu (23) is playing an outstanding role. He emerged as a top star by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings, pitching 1 win, and 2 holds in 3 semi-playoff (quasi-PO) games. Kim Young-gyu, who had a ‘golden’ energy at the last Asian Games in Hangzhou, is coloring NC’s fall baseball.
NC won 7-6 against SSG in the 3rd game of the 2023 KBO semi-PO held at Changwon NC Park on the 25th. As a result, NC achieved a 3-game winning streak against SSG and advanced to the PO. NC’s attention is directed to Suwon, the battleground against KT.
In NC’s fall baseball this year, Kim Young-gyu played in all games and helped the team win with a scoreless pitch. In the wild card (WC) deciding game against Doosan, he pitched a scoreless inning and became the winning pitcher. Moreover, he dominated the fall by recording a perfect, scoreless inning in 1.1 innings in the first game as a semi-PO, a scoreless hold in 1 inning in the second game on the 23rd, and a scoreless hold in 1.1 innings in the third game on the 25th. Thanks to this, I won the semi-PO MVP. Although he was understandably tired, he did his part by protecting the mound even as he was gradually being chased.
Kim Young-gyu met after winning Game 3 and said, “I am very happy because I am doing well, the team is continuing to win, and the fans are also very happy.” He added, “It was difficult to face the opposing team’s strongest batting line with a 1-run gap, but it was a good result to pitch with confidence.” It continued. “Rather than thinking about throwing a lot of innings, I think focusing on one batter at a time was more effective,” he said.
It is not common for a reliever to receive Series MVP. It has been eight years since Lee Hyun-seung (Doosan) in 2015 that a bullpen pitcher rose from a semi-PO position to MVP. It was a good motivation for other bullpen pitchers.
Kim Young-gyu said, “I didn’t expect Jun-PO MVP at all. “I didn’t think about it because there are players who perform well in every game,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think I’m the only MVP. Everyone on our team is MVP because we all worked hard together. “I just think I was really lucky to be represented,” he said emphatically.
Kim Young-gyu played an active part in this year’s regular league with 63 games, 61.2 innings, 2 wins, 4 losses, 24 holds, and an ERA of 3.06. Here, NC’s autumn is heating up with the ‘golden’ energy received from Hangzhou AG.
He said, “Even though it is physically difficult, I think positively and just think, ‘I want to go out there and do well and win quickly.’ “Now, I think that I have to contribute a lot to helping the team win, which is leading to good pitching,” he said. “짱구카지노(Participating in the Asian Games) was a really good experience.” “I didn’t go to many games, but I felt pressure and was nervous, but looking back, I think those experiences served as good support,” he said.
Now Kim Young-gyu’s gaze is directed to PO. He recorded an ERA of 3.60 in 6 games, 5 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 loss, and 1 loss against KT in the regular league this season. It’s not a bad record. Moreover, there is no problem with his perfect pitching without allowing any runs this fall.
Kim Young-gyu said, “Our team won three times, so there is some time left. “I will prepare well during that period and show a better pitch at PO,” he said.