Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG Landers), who returned after recovering from a shoulder injury, had a successful comeback match.
Kim Gwang-hyun was sluggish with 5 runs (5 earned), 8 hits (1 home run),스포츠토토 4 walks and 1 strikeout in 3 innings against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on the 8th. He felt discomfort in his shoulder after the game and tests revealed inflammation of the left shoulder bursitis. In the end, he was expunged from the first team entry on the 11th.
After recovering for 10 days, Kim Gwang-hyun started the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes match held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 21st. Before the game, manager Kim Won-hyung said, “I plan to throw about 90 pitches. I am fine with my current physical condition.”
Kim Gwang-hyun won 2 wins of the season with 1 run (1 earned), 3 hits (1 home run), 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings. He threw 96 balls similar to the plan. He mixed a four-seam fastball (36 pitches), changeup (33 pitches), slider (18 pitches), and curveball (9 pitches). His top speed was 146 km/h.
Kim Gwang-hyun’s start was good. At the beginning of the first inning, Kim Hye-seong’s center fielder’s fly ball, Lee Yong-gyu’s second baseman’s ground ball, and Lee’s left fielder’s fly ball were treated as fly balls. However, the first crisis came in episode 2. After one out, Edison Russell went on base due to an error by shortstop Sung-Han Park. Then, Kim Hwi-jip went on base with a walk, and Jeon Byung-woo sent a ground ball to the shortstop. Leading runner Kim Hui-jip was out, and it did not lead to a double stroke. In the 2nd out 1st and 3rd base crisis, Kim Gwang-hyeon overcame the crisis by treating Kim Dong-heon as a foul fly.
Kim Gwang-hyun, who passed the 3rd and 4th episodes without a major crisis, faced a crisis again in the 5th episode. Leading batter Kim Hui-jip hit a double and Jeon Byung-woo also walked. Then, Kim Dong-heon stepped down with a ground ball from the third baseman and became 1 company, 2nd and 3rd base. However, Kim Gwang-hyun’s crisis management ability shone. Kim Soo-hwan struck out and Kim Hye-seong caught a second baseman ground ball, meeting the requirements for a winning pitcher without conceding a run.
Kim Gwang-hyun allowed a home run to Lee Jung-hoo in the early 6th inning without a runner, but finished the game after striking out Lee Hyung-jong and Russell.
After the game, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “My shoulder condition was better than the last match against Hanwha. In the last game, I worked with (Kim) Min-sik, but it was sluggish.” It seems,” he said.
Regarding the fact that he threw a lot of changeups, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I think I threw a little more changeups than four-seam fastballs because the first to third batters were left-handed hitters and the other hitters were all right-handed hitters.” Depending on the situation, I think I can throw more four-seam fastballs or throw more changeups.”
Kim Gwang-hyun cleaned up the sluggish performance against Hanwha on the 8th and showed a good appearance in the return match. He was an indispensable presence in the SSG starting lineup.
[SSG starting pitcher Kim Gwang-hyun is preparing to pitch in the match between Kiwoom Heroes and SSG Landers in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the afternoon of the 21st.