LG Lee Min-ho fought bad luck from the first inning of his first appearance of the season. As two errors came out in the infield, the number of unnecessary pitches piled up. He needed 35 pitches to catch three out counts in the first inning.
Lee Min-ho started the match against Kiwoom Heroes 메이저놀이터of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 5th and gave up 2 points from the first inning. All were non-issues. A mistake by shortstop Oh Ji-hwan led to a crisis, and a mistake by third baseman Moon Bo-kyung led directly to a run. He had to throw more than 30 balls from the first inning, not following his batting luck.
The hit hit by Lee Yong-gyu, the first hitter, was unavoidable. However, as the next hitter, Kim Hye-seong’s batted ball, led to Oh Ji-hwan’s mistake, Lee Min-ho’s bad luck began. 1st and 3rd base crisis came.
Lee Min-ho cut off the ground ball from the next hitter Kim Woong-bin. Coincidentally, third base runner Lee Yong-kyu shifted his center of gravity to the home, leading to a rundown play. However, in the process, third baseman Bo-gyeong Moon made a mistake by spilling the ball. Lee Yong-gyu scored and the second and third base crisis continued.
The second run came when Edison Russell’s missed grounder became an infield hit in front of the pitcher.
Still, no extra point was conceded at the score of 0-2. Lee Min-ho kept his concentration until the end of the inning. He blocked Lee Hyeong-jong with a ground ball from third baseman and Kim Tae-jin with a floating ball from left field. He gave Lee Ji-young a walk, but the pitcher grounded Lim Byeong-wook at the bases full and finished the first inning. It is thanks to him not being shaken by his mistakes and keeping his own pace.
Even after the 2nd inning, Lee Min-ho did not waver and competed with the batters. In the second episode, he succeeded in repelling Kim Gun-hee, Yong-gyu Lee, and Hye-seong Kim. He also gave up a hit and a walk in the third inning, but did not allow a run. Moon Seong-joo and Oh Ji-hwan helped Lee Min-ho by catching lead batter Kim Woong-bin, who threw a long hit, with a quick relay play.
Lee Min-ho, who passed the 5th inning with 1 hit, was replaced after giving a hit to Kim Tae-jin after 1 death in the 6th inning. Lim Chan-gyu, who pitched with 1 out and 1st base, ended the inning with a series of strikeouts, preventing Lee Min-ho from losing a run. Lee Min-ho finished the game with 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout and 2 runs in 5⅓ innings. LG is leading 1-2 until the 6th inning.