‘Sweep loss’ SSG coach Kim Won-hyung “Sorry to the fans…I’m sorry we couldn’t take the lead in the first game”
SSG Landers head coach Kim Won-hyung hung his head after his team’s season ended with a third straight loss in the best-of-five semifinals against the NC Dinos.
SSG, led by Kim Won-hyung, lost 6-7 against the wild card winner NC Dinos in the third game of the semifinals of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO postseason at NC Park in Changwon on Friday.
After losing the first and second games at home, SSG looked to turn things around in Changwon, but the pitching staff was unable to keep NC’s bats in check.
After falling behind by three runs in the first inning, SSG quickly made it 5-3 in the top of the second with a Guillermo Heredia push single and a Choi 바카라사이트 Jeong RBI single.
However, in the bottom of the inning, reliever Noh Kyung-eun gave up a three-run homer to Jason Martin to cut the deficit to 5-7, and the team was unable to rally the rest of the way, falling short by one run.
Defending champions SSG were looking for their second straight title this season, but their progress came to a halt as they failed to cross the semi-playoff threshold.
After the game, coach Kim said, “We should have won no matter what, but we didn’t. The fans have been supporting us for a year, and I’m sorry as a coach. I am grateful to the players who tried their best in every game,” he said, adding, “My pitching changes and substitutions all failed. It’s all my responsibility,” he said.
“Looking at the series as a whole, I was most disappointed that we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities to take the lead in Game 1. I think we struggled from there,” said Kim. “Today, we got the lead with Choi Jung’s grand slam, but we couldn’t protect it in the next inning. I didn’t have enough power.”
Kim quickly pulled Oh Won-seok after the first inning and brought up Noh Kyung-eun. However, Noh was unable to stop Oh’s two runners and took the loss with two runs in 1⅔ innings.
“I originally planned to use (Noh) from the third 카지노사이트 inning on, but I got up early and my pitching got messed up. We had to bring in Kirk McCarty in the fourth inning at the right time.”
“Last year, we went to the Korean Series for the first time and left good memories, but this time, as a manager, I have the bitter taste of losing for the first time in fall baseball,” said Kim. “But we have to start camp for next year soon. We will prepare well and do better next year,” he concluded.