He suffered more than anyone else. But in the end, he smiled. LG Twins closer Ko Woo-seok delivered the game-winning pitch in the Korean Series.
LG took a 6-2 lead in Game 5 of the Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday. In the top of the ninth inning, Go Woo-seok took the mound to face the KT Wiz’s final offense. Manager Yoon Kyung-yeop said before the game, “I’m going to give him the same role,” and the closer came in to preserve the win.
He threw three pitches in a row. But he got Park Kyung-soo to fly out to the third baseman. After striking out Choi Soo-ho for the second out, Woo-seok hit a grounder to second base to end the game.
Go said, “I think I made a good catch. I threw three pitches that were close to strikes. I need to aim a little more inside,” he said. “I thought about it before the game, but I didn’t think about it much during the game,” he said.
“It reminded me of the past year,” said Gowseok, who broke down in tears after winning the title. After missing the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March due to injury, Go had a rough start to the season. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, he gave up a run against Chinese Taipei in the group stage, but still managed to preserve the victory in the final and overcome two blown saves in the Korean Series.
“I’m happy to have won a gold medal and a championship this year. I’ve never had a season with as many injuries as this year, and my teammates played so well. I didn’t do much to help them… but I’m glad it’s a moment that comes around once in a while in baseball.”
He was an LG fan as a kid, and he even won a championship with his favorite team. “I have some regrets, like… ‘If I could do this, I could have done it last year,'” he said. “When I got on the podium, I felt like I wanted to do it again next year,” he said. “I should be happy, but I remembered a lot of regretful moments.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yup believed in Go Woo-seok until the end and put him on the mound. “I was grateful. If I don’t perform well, the players, managers, and coaches can be anxious, but I’m grateful that they gave me the task until the end,” he said.
He was happy to hug his father-in-law, coach Lee Jong-beom, after the match. “He told me that he had never lost a game in the Korean Series, and he gave me confidence that 바카라 we would win no matter what because he has that kind of energy,” he said.
Even before the Korean Series, Koo felt back pain. “I think it’s a personal problem for a player to feel pain in his body before a series,” he said. “Nevertheless, I’m glad that I was able to finish the series without any major injuries thanks to the coaches in the training department. I think I threw my best pitches today. It’s nice to end the season on a high note.”