‘Winning puzzle’ transfer wins first start…”Welcome home, we’ll help you finish first in the regular season” explodes in celebration

“I feel welcomed.”

Choi Won-tae started the game against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday and pitched six innings of two-hit ball with five strikeouts.

Choi, who was traded to LG from the Kiwoom Heroes the previous day (29), was a “championship puzzle” for LG.

After joining Nexen (now Kiwoom) as a first-round pick in 2015, Choi established himself as a “right-handed ace” with double-digit wins from 2017 to 2019. He struggled somewhat in the following three years, but rebounded with a late-season bullpen appearance last year and cruised to a 6-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 17 games this season.

At the No. 1 LG spot, where a homegrown starter was needed, Choi was the piece to the puzzle.

Along with a fastball that topped out at 149, Choi mixed in a slider (28), changeup (10), curve (6), and sinker (6).

He pitched a perfect fifth inning, allowing two hits but no runs.

LG won 10-0, and Choi picked up his seventh win of the season. The LG players congratulated Choi by spraying him with water as soon as he finished his on-air interview.

When asked about his recent water baptism, Choi said, “I don’t remember. It’s nice to feel welcomed,” he said, adding, “(Oh) Ji-hwan took care of me so well, (Park) Hae-min, (Kim) Hyun-soo, and (Kim) Hyun-soo, not to mention (Park) Dong-won. They helped me a lot, including the pitcher,” he smiled.

Choi Won-tae said, “Yesterday, the coach said it was okay to give up three or four runs. I thought about that when I was in an unfavorable count and threw strikes, and the results were good.” “I thought the first step was important. I wanted to win, but yesterday’s win secured the winning series, so I was able to pitch more comfortably. Still, I was nervous. We scored a lot of runs early on, but I was still nervous. I pitched as if it was 0-0.”

On this day, LG’s batsmen were everywhere, taking the pressure off Choi’s shoulders. “The first batter is important, and (Moon) Bo-kyung blocked the first batter’s ball well even though it was fast,” Choi said, adding, “I think everyone on the team helped us win.” 꽁머니사이트

LG wants one thing from Choi Won-tae. To help them on their journey to the championship. “I will try to finish the regular season in first place,” Choi said, “I will keep my routine and throw as hard as I can.”

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