Professional baseball KIA left-hander Choi Ji-min (20) won his first win after two seasons of debut in the first team. It was more valuable because it was a victory that broke the team’s losing streak.
On the 16th, at the Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, Choi Ji-min took the mound with 2 outs and 1st base at the end of the 6th inning, losing 1 to 2 with Samsung in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’, and blocked 1⅓ innings with no runs. In the top of the 7th inning, the team scored 7 points and won 8-2, and Choi Ji-min became the winning pitcher.
On this day, Choi Ji-min rescued starter Sean Anderson, and in the bottom of the 6th inning, 2nd out and 1st base, Kim Young-woong was thrown into third base with a fastball. At the end of the 7th inning with a generous 8-2 lead, Choi Ji-min caught Lee Seong-gyu with a straight hit to third base with a fastball as well.
Ji-chan Kim got a hit, but Ji-min Choi struck out second batter Lee Jae-hyeon. He made a false swing with a fastball of 144 km/h. He was attacked by Jose Pirella with a slider and gave up a hit to the left and was driven into scoring position. However, Ji-min Choi also played with Ja-wook Koo, the fourth hitter, with a 144km fastball, and ended the inning with a floating ball in left field.
After the game, Choi Ji-min said with a proud expression, “I blocked it well and came down, and I trusted my brothers, but it’s good that the batting line exploded well.” When asked about the ball commemorating his first win in his debut, Choi Ji-min said, “(Yang) Hyeon-jong told me to take it, so I took it, and I also received one more ball at the end of the game.”
During an interview토토사이트 with reporters at the dugout, Choi Ji-min was showered with water by team senior Jeong Hae-young. Choi Ji-min had to brush his hair because his hair was soaked, but he smiled and said, “I feel good because I got hit with my first win.” Jung Hae-young looked at her junior with pride, saying, “I’m a senior, but it would be nice if we could lead the bullpen together as there is only a two-year age difference.”
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk evaluated Choi Ji-min as “a left-handed pitcher who can deal with both left and right batters.” He is increasingly losing the mound in the game. Choi Ji-min said, “My strength is to compete with confidence,” and showed enthusiasm, saying, “I don’t feel burdened even if I go up at an important moment, and I only think about preventing this situation.”
Choi Ji-min played for Geelong Korea last winter in the Australian League. Samsung head coach Lee Byung-kyu, who was coaching Geelong Korea at the time, evaluated Ji-min Choi as “a player with a strong mentality even though he is quiet enough to say hello when he meets with aegyo.” He said that he has the temperament of a winner. He continued, “After playing the Australian league, the ball has improved this season,” he raised his thumbs up.
Choi Ji-min is emerging as the winning card of the Tiger Corps. Regarding his goal this season, he said, “I want to stay in the first team for as long as possible without getting hurt and help the team.”