Tes Hyung and Lee Chang-jin hit their shots. When the team is in a difficult situation, they should focus on the basics.
KIA will be without Na Sung-bum and Choi Hyung-woo for the rest of the season anyway. Choi Won-jun also went to the Hangzhou Asian Games. While the outfield depth is the strongest in the league, it is true that it has lost some weight. After losing their top two outfielders and designated hitter, the KIA batting lineup is just fine. There will always be ups and downs, and the explosiveness isn’t that bad.
After all, you can’t expect home runs, long balls, and explosive clutch performances every game. The batting lineup exploded once again against the Gocheok Kiwoom on the 29th, but you have to take into account that the opponent was the last-place Kiwoom. If KIA wants to secure a top-five finish and make it to the fall baseball season, it’s all about defense and baserunning. Manager Kim Jong-kook has been emphasizing this quite a bit lately.
With that in mind, two plays in the outfield stood out today. Socrates batted 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored, but his defense was just as important. In the bottom of the fifth inning, with the score 6-3, pinch-hitter Ye Jin-won singled.
Socrates took a step back and chased the ball. It was only the second out, so he didn’t play deep defense. However, Socrates remained calm and took a swing at the ball. If the ball had hit the ground, all three runners would have come home. Then came the big six-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. As it turns out, Socrates’ super-catch was more than four hits pure.
Lee Chang-jin, who played left field in the seventh inning, also got in on the action. With the score 12-3, runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning. The score was wide open, but we didn’t know what would happen in the seventh through ninth innings if we gave up a big run. Chang-jin Lee hit a hard line drive to left field off the bat of Ronnie Dawson. He slid off his leg and picked it up. It was artificial turf, so there was a risk of injury, but he didn’t care.안전놀이터
If the ball had hit the ground, it would have been a fair and both runners would have reached home. Nusang’s Kim Byung-hwi and Song Sung-moon aren’t exactly slow hitters. Lee Chang-jin’s walk was the key to KIA’s comfortable late innings.
In addition, Lim Ki-young (5th inning) and Jang Hyun-sik (6th inning), who were on the mound at the time of the outburst, have not pitched well in September. They are able to manage their ERAs and increase their passes. Socrates and Lee Chang-jin would be the two who would be most pleased to see this.
Lee also collided with shortstop Park Chan-ho while chasing a ball that fell into foul territory on the 28th against the Changwon NC. Luckily, neither was injured. KIA went 3-18 that day, but Lee’s team-first mentality stood out. In baseball, sometimes a single hit can change the course of a game.