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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

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The Lotte Giants won 12-8 against the Kiwoom Heroes…

The Lotte Giants won 12-8 against the Kiwoom Heroes on Tuesday at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. The Giants gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but battled back. They pounded out 18 hits, including two home runs, to demolish the Heroes’ mound. Veteran Jeon Jun-woo Ahn Chi-hong hit a home run to break up the rally.

The three-game series ended with a 2-1 win and a sweep.

They were 2-7 in nine games before last week. They needed some rebounding momentum, but they didn’t get it. They continued to lose ground in the mid-table race. This winning series could be a chance to turn things around.

The Heroes took the lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Lee Yong-kyu led off with a triple to center field and scored on an infield single by Kim Hye-sung. A walk and a hit batsman put runners on first and second with Kim Hui-jip and Lee Ju-hyung hitting RBI singles to score two more runs. 3-0.

Trailing 3-0 in the top of the second inning, Lotte fought back.

Six consecutive batters reached base in the second inning. No. 9 Shin Jung-geun singled to right center to bring in Park Seung-wook from second. No. 1 Kim Min-sik singled to right to put runners on second and third, and No. 2 Ahn Chi-hong singled to right to score a run. 2-3.

With runners on first and third, No. 3 Lee Jung-hoon singled to tie the game. Gudrum, No. 4, and Yoon, No. 5, followed with back-to-back singles. The Heroes poured out seven hits in the top of the second inning and quickly took a 5-3 lead.

The Heroes responded in the bottom of the third with a run-scoring home run by Kim Hwijip. In the top of the fifth inning, Jeon Jun-woo hit a two-run home run. The Heroes fought back. In the bottom of the fifth, Kim Hwijip hit a two-run double to make it 6-7. Lotte got a run in the top of the sixth on Ahn Chi-hong’s single and a run in the top of the seventh on pinch-hitter Jung Hoon’s sacrifice fly.

Neither starter lasted past the fifth inning. Lotte’s Han Hyun-hee lasted four innings and Heroes’ Jung Chan-heon was pulled after giving up five runs in 3⅔ innings.

The Heroes, who had snapped a nine-game losing streak the day before, were unable to overcome the Lotte offense. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games. 토토사이트