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‘3 runs to 4 runs to 5 runs’ KIA release catcher’s remarkable transformation is all about hitting

Lotte Giants’ Lee Jung-hoon (29) has been swinging the bat like a champ.

Lee started as the No. 3 designated hitter against the Kiwoom Heroes in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Tuesday and went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks.

In the top of the first inning, Lee singled against Kiwoom starter Jung Chan-heon to put runners on first and second with one out. However, he was unable to capitalize as he was unable to get a follow-up hit.

In the bottom of the second inning, with Lotte trailing 2-3, Lee Jung-hoon tied the game with an RBI single off Chung Chan-heon. Nico Gudrum followed with an RBI single, and Lee came home on Yoon Dong-hee’s RBI single.

Lee hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to drive in Jung Chan-heon. In the sixth inning, he faced reliever Lee Myung-jong and drew a walk to load the bases. In the eighth inning, he drew a walk and scored on Ahn Kwon-soo’s push single.

Lee joined KIA in the 10th round (94th overall) of the 2017 rookie draft and was expected to be an offensive catcher with a good bat. However, he struggled in the first team until last year, hitting just 2-for-2 in 61 games (36 runs in 157 at-bats) with two home runs and 17 RBIs. Ultimately, he was released after the season.

Last winter, Lee signed with Lotte for a new opportunity. He was limited to the second team at the start of the season, but had a solid 54-game season in the Futures League, batting 2-for-8 (47-for-163) with two home runs, 26 RBIs, and a .719 OPS.

Once he was promoted to the big leagues, his bat heated up even more. In a three-game series with the Kiwis, he went 8-for-10 with three doubles. On the season, he is batting 4-for-6 with two doubles, one home run, two RBIs and six runs scored in 16 games (18-for-39).

Lee joined Lotte as a catcher, but now he’s actually playing the outfield and designated hitter. It’s unfortunate that he gave up the premium defense of catcher, but his bat has made up for it. With a fresh start with a new team, fans are eager to see how his journey will end. 파워볼사이트


“All the hitters from the first to the ninth position are doing their job well” Oh!SEN Pohang coach Kim Jong-kook

“Starting pitcher Lee Yi-ri gave up a run in the first inning because of a bad pitch, but he kept the game scoreless until the fifth inning, which relieved the pressure in the middle innings.”

KIA head coach Kim Jong-kook 현금홀덤사이트 shared his thoughts on the win over Samsung Electronics in Pohang on Wednesday. Kia pounded the Samsung mound with 17 hits, including hits from all of its starters. Kim Do-young and Park Chan-ho completed four-hit games, while Choi Hyung-woo and Socrates combined for six RBIs.

Lee Yi-ri was roughed up for five innings and four runs (eight hits, four walks, four strikeouts), but the offense came through for his ninth win of the season.

“Lee Yi-ri gave up a run in the first inning due to a bad pitch, but he kept the game scoreless until the fifth inning, which relieved the pressure on the middle innings, and Lee Jun-young, who came in after him, saved the day, which helped us win,” said Kim Jong-guk after the game.

“The batsmen also showed great concentration at every opportunity to come up with big innings and turn the game around, especially the table setters, who did a great job of creating chances, and the clean-ups who converted them into runs. Our batsmen from 1 to 9 have been doing a great job in recent matches.”

“I would like to praise all the players for not losing their focus in the hot weather even though they were playing a tough game every game,” said Kim Jong-guk. “Finally, I would like to thank the fans who traveled all the way to Pohang to support us, and we were able to end the series with a win.