07 May

‘The Man With a Scoreless Record’ Kiwoom Kim In-beom Challenges for his First Win Against Lotte

After debuting in 2021, he set a new KBO League record by allowing no runs in 19⅔ innings and attempted his first win since his debut against Lotte in Busan on the 2nd.

Professional baseball Kiwoom Heroes right-handed pitcher Kim In-beom (24) is a ‘man of record.’

Kim In-beom pitched a scoreless pitch until the 4th inning against the Gocheok Samsung Lions on the 26th of last month, making it a total of 10 games and 19⅔ innings scoreless since his debut in 2021.

This is a new record for 'consecutive innings without a run in KBO debut', surpassing the previous record of 18 innings in this category set by Cho Yong-jun of the Hyundai Unicorns in 2002.

Although Kim In-beom gave up a point for the first time since his debut by allowing 1 point in the 5th inning, he left a mark in the 42-year history of the KBO League.

Kim In-beom, who graduated from Jeon High School and joined the team in 2019, has been active in earnest since this year after completing his military service at Sangmu.

He appeared like a comet in the midst of Kiwoom's recruiting crisis and showed outstanding performance with an average ERA of 0.59 with 1 loss in 7 games.

On the 21st of last month, when he had his first opportunity as a starter, he surprised many by allowing 1 hit and no runs in 5 innings in the second game of a doubleheader against the Jamsil Doosan Bears, and even held up against Gocheok Samsung on the 26th with 4 hits and 1 run in 5 innings, proving that his good performance against Doosan was not a coincidence.

Kim In-beom, who has yet to win, will appear as a starter against the Lotte Giants held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 2nd and will hunt for his first win since his debut.

In an interview on the 27th of last month, Kim In-beom said, "I set a record by concentrating on throwing at each batter.

I knew that no runs would be conceded, but pitchers throw to avoid scoring points anyway.

I wasn't conscious of the record."

Kim In-beom faced Raul Alcantara against Doosan on the 21st of last month and Won Tae-in against Samsung on the 26th.

On this day, he meets left-handed ace Charlie Barnes against Lotte.

Even though he pitched well and couldn't win because he faced the opposing ace, Kim In-beom said, "There's no pressure because I'm up against the ace.

As long as I do my best, I'll get good results.

I'll throw the same way no matter who I'm up against, whether I'm a rookie or a veteran" He said with confidence.

Kim In-beom's strengths are stable ball control and a highly complete breaking ball, but his top speed is just over 140 km/h.

Kim In-beom explained, "Many people say the ball is slow. So I think more about ball control and throwing while thinking about the timing battle with the batter."

Kim In-beom is expected to get more opportunities as Kim Seon-gi, who had been holding up well in the Kiwoom starting lineup in the early part of the season, has been moved down to the second team.

Kim In-beom expressed confidence, saying, "I've only pitched twice as a starter, so I don't think it's a given position. If

I just keep doing what I'm doing now, I hope the coach will look favorably on me and continue to use me.

Now, if I just show off my abilities, I can secure my position."

Now my next goal as a professional is to win.

Kim In-beom said, "Now I want to get my first win.

That's the goal," and he said, "If I throw step by step, I think I can throw 80 or 90 pitches."

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