KIA 2nd year left-hander Choi Ji-min is growing into a reliable man with a fastball of up to 150km.
Choi Ji-min took the mound in the 7th inning in the game against LG held at Jamsil Stadium on the 29th, with no bases loaded. He recorded his first hold in his debut with 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs over 2 innings.
Starter Anderson pitched 6 scoreless innings and passed the ball to the bullpen in the 7th. Lefty Kim Dae-yu, who climbed the mound in the 7th inning with a lead of 5-0, put pinch hitter Kim Min-seong on a right-handed ball, Park Hae-min with a right-handed hit, and Hong Chang-ki with a hit ball again, putting the bases safely on the bases. KIA replaced the pitcher with Choi Ji-min.
Choi Ji-min took the mound in the 7th inning against LG on the previous day (28th) with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd base, striking out foreign batter Austin on a swing and passing the ball to Jeon Sang-hyun in the 8th inning. It was two days in a row.
Choi Ji-min faced left-handed hitter Moon Seong-joo in the no-man bases loaded match. He struck out with a sharp slider against Moon Seong-joo, who had the second highest contact rate in the league. He passed the first hurdle.
Left-hander Oh Ji-hwan followed. Against Oh Ji-hwan, his fastball and slider left the zone little by little and allowed a push walk. Then, Austin allowed two RBIs and a timely hit to the left. Choi Ji-min played lowly against Austin, almost under the strike zone, and Austin hit a low fastball of 149km well.
The score was chased at 5-3. And the 1st, 1st and 2nd base crises continued. Now, a long hit would be a tiebreaker. Choi Ji-min faced Kim Hyun-soo, the number one hitter. Kim Hyun-soo, who had a walk and two hits earlier, was treated as a shortstop ground ball double hit, which was more than 41%, and prevented the crisis without any more runs. With no bases loaded, only three runners left by Kim Dae-yu allowed scoring. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
There are many bullpen pitchers who are unable to pitch on this day due to continuous fighting, and Choi Ji-min also pitched in the 8th inning. Unlike the crisis in the 7th episode, there was much more room. Moon Bo-gyeong was grounded by first baseman, Park Dong-won was hit by right fielder Park Dong-won, and Kim Min-seong was struck out and ended with a tripartite retreat.
The first year of his professional debut last year was insignificant with 6 games, 6 innings, 9 runs and an average ERA of 13.50. However, within a year he had grown exponentially. Last year, his fastball restraint was in the early 140km, but on this day, he reached the maximum of 150km. The slider was up to 139 km. He has a 2.19 earned run average in 10 games (12⅓ innings) this season.