Did Chris Oxspring’s one-point lesson work? Kim Jin-wook (21, Lotte), who is gaining experience in Geelong Korea, shook off the nightmare before his debut in the Australian League.
Kim Jin-wook started in the second game of the double header against the 2022-2023 ABL (Australian Professional Baseball) Perth Heat held at Empire Ball Park in Perth, Australia on the 7th (hereinafter Korean time), 5 innings, 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. Scored 3 runs. The team lost 1-3, but after two games of their debut in the Australian League, they took charge of 5 innings and revealed their future prospects.
The beginning was uneasy. 스포츠토토 After sending the lead team, Kennelly, with a right-handed hit, he dedicated the left-handed two-run four to the follow-up, Alex Hall. Afterwards, Junior Caminero’s infield hit hit three consecutive batters, but Josh Reddick, Ulrich Boyarski, and Pete Kozma were consecutively treated as a series of hits to prevent additional runs.
In the second inning, he was in danger by sending lead William Simonate to the sand dune. However, unlike the first episode, his management skills stood out. After striking out Conor Owings on a swing, first base runner Simonate failed to steal, and then Vijay Cook, who was at the plate, struck out looking and ended the inning.
The 3rd episode was also impressive in overcoming the crisis. Kim Jin-wook got the lead batter on base for 3 consecutive innings with a walk by Kennelly. After that, the runner on first base failed to steal second base, but luck came, but he had to hit the hole and let Reddick walk, respectively, and he was again in a crisis with 2 out, 1st and 2nd base. Kim Jin-wook calmly handled the follow-up boyarski as a shortstop fly ball and did not concede.
Kim Jin-wook, who finally made the first tripartite in the 4th inning when he met the lower batting line, gave up an additional run in the 5th inning when he was trailing 1-2. With Kennelly’s infield hit and second base stolen, Caminero, the second baseman with two outs, was hit with an RBI wedge at the right time. However, the 2 out 1st and 3rd base crises caused by third baseman Kim Tae-yeon’s mistake were overcome by striking out Boyarski on a swing.
Kim Jin-wook passed the mound to Yang Kyung-mo in the 6th inning, trailing 1-3, and finished the second game of the Australian League. 75 pitches (50 strikes).
Kim Jin-wook, who was dispatched from Lotte to Geelong Korea, had a nightmare debut against the Sydney Blue Sox on the 30th of last month. As a starter, he experienced the bitter taste of 8 hits (1 home run), 1 walk and 8 runs in 2 innings. He gave up 5 runs against 9 batters from the 1st inning and 3 runs from 7 batters in the 2nd inning, providing an excuse for a 9-25 loss.
Kim Jin-wook took a one-point lesson from Oxspring (Sydney), who is still playing at the age of 46, ahead of the match against Sydney on New Year’s Day. Through the relay screen, it was captured that Oxspring was carefully informing the position of the pinky finger of the change-up grip. After his guidance, he wrapped his arms around Kim Jin-wook’s shoulders and showed off his leadership by encouraging the player. Oxspring played for LG, Lotte, and KT in the 2007-2008 and 2013-2015 seasons, winning a total of 49 wins (40 losses) in 5 seasons in the KBO League.
Kim Jin-wook, a former ace of Gangneung High School, is a left-handed top prospect who was nominated in the 1st place in the 2nd round of Lotte in the 2021 rookie draft. However, he realized the high wall of his professional career and had to go through various trials and errors for two years. Following his debut season with an average ERA of 6.31 with 4 wins, 6 losses and 8 holds in 39 games, he failed to live up to expectations last year as well, despite his sluggish ERA of 6.36 with 2 wins and 5 losses in 14 games.
Although he has only played 2 games yet, Kim Jin-wook, like a promising player, shook off his nightmare in the first game in the next game, providing an opportunity for a rebound. Oxspring’s one-point lesson is also insignificant, but it seems to have been helpful. The Perth Heat is a batting team running second in the Australian league team batting average (2.68) and home runs (41). Geelong Korea’s record against Perth Heat is also overwhelmingly inferior with 1 win and 6 losses in 7 matches.
Geelong Korea will wrap up the Australian League regular season with a game against Adelaide on the 22nd. Attention is focusing on whether Kim Jin-wook, who joined late, will be able to earn income for the remaining period and join Lotte Spring Camp. Kim Jin-wook is a pitcher that Lotte expects and must play a role in Lotte.