It’s a possible defense because it’s Kim Gwang-hyun.”
Gwang-Hyun Kim (SSG Landers) took the mound as a starter in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against KT Wiz held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 12th, allowing 1 run (1 earned), 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. Although opposing starter Wes Benjamin showed a great performance with no runs and 1 hit in 8 innings, taking his 7th loss (7 wins) of the season, Gwang-Hyun Kim also showed a good performance.
Kim Gwang-hyun blocked the KT batting line without any major crisis until the 5th inning. But a crisis came in the top of the sixth inning. With one out and no runner on base, he gave up a walk after a long battle that went all the way to 12 pitches with Minhyuk Kim. Then, he was hit by Anthony Alford and was in danger of reaching first and second base. He guided Hwang Jae-gyun to a ground ball to shortstop, catching runner Alford on first base. However, he allowed a timely hit with 1 RBI to Park Byeong-ho with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base.
In the ensuing situation with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base, the assigned team came out to bat. Bae Jeong-dae hit Gwang-hyeon Kim’s changeup in 2B2S. The missed ball headed to the right of pitcher Kim Gwang-hyun. Gwang-Hyun Kim quickly ran to the batting ball, caught the ball, turned 180 degrees, and threw the ball accurately to first base. Bae Jeong-dae also attempted an infield hit by sliding headfirst, but Kim Gwang-hyun’s throw was fast. No additional goals were conceded due to Kim Gwang-hyun’s poor performance.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said about Kim Gwang-hyun’s defense, “I think it’s a defense that can be done because it’s Kim Gwang-hyun,” and “(Kim) Gwang-hyun has good overall movement and athleticism. However, the Gwang-hyun I remember from when I was young doesn’t know how to throw a short distance throw. “I wasn’t good at it, but through practice, I got better at making short throws. I also have good defensive instincts,” he said.
He continued, “I think he was able to play such an amazing defense because he has good defensive ability. It’s not easy to make a running throw, but he did really well,” and he praised Gwanghyun, saying, “Gwanghyun has a fast body and good agility.”안전놀이터
Manager Kim Won-hyung said about Gwang-hyun Kim’s overall performance, “Last week, except for Roenis Elias, the remaining starting pitchers were unable to complete 5 innings. They had to rebound this week.” He added, “In that regard, Gwang-hyun gave up 1 run, but he started the week well. “He did it well. Other pitchers need to do the same in the remaining games.”