KT Kim Min-hyeok, who played a perfect pinch hit, found a bright smile after escaping from a losing streak

“It was a big help that (Park) Kyung-soo hyung saved the atmosphere before the game.”

KT came out of the long and long tunnel of 9 consecutive losses. The firm will to forget the cruel hardships of April and start anew in May became the driving force behind the ‘escape from losing streak’. Kim Min-hyeok (28), who came to the game as a pinch hitter and contributed to the team’s victory by wielding 4 hits, smiled brightly in relief at the end of the losing streak.

On the first day of a three-game series against SSG in the 2023 KBO League held at Incheon SSG Landers Field on the 2nd, KT exploded 17 hits, including 4 hits by Kim Min-hyuk, and won 11-4. With this, KT broke the chain of 9 consecutive losses.

If two home runs by ‘catcher brother’ Kim Jun-tae and Jang Seong-wu brought about the flow of the game, Kim Min-hyeok swung a hard hit and drove a wedge. At the end of the 2nd inning, Anthony Alford, who hit the wall during the defense process, felt knee pain at bat in the top of the 3rd inning, and in an emergency situation, KT took out Kim Min-hyeok as a pinch-hit card. And it hit right.

Kim Min-hyeok, who boasted the best hitting feeling in the team, suffered from poor physical condition after the game against Gocheok Kiwoom on the 26th of last month and was excluded from the starting lineup that day. However, Kim Min-hyeok got a hit in his first at-bat as if the wall had come, and then scored a run by hitting home with Park Kyung-soo’s timely double. Afterwards, Kim Min-hyeok, who alternated doubles and hits, led the team to victory with 4 hits, 2 RBIs and 3 runs in 4 at-bats.

Kim Min-hyeok said, “I received an injection yesterday and the stiffness remained. In fact, he coincidentally warmed up by practicing batting indoors right before he went out as a pinch hitter. Originally, when I missed the start, my body was stiff, so I practiced batting, but the timing was right.” looked back on

At the same time, he also mentioned the team atmosphere during the losing streak. Because everyone was having a hard time, he said that he noticed the veteran hyungs as well. Kim Min-hyuk said, “Honestly, it was very difficult. There were times when mid-level and junior players were suffocated in the locker room when they noticed their seniors on their own. I was frustrated and angry with myself because I missed a game where I could win,” he confessed.먹튀검증

In the long losing streak, all the players suffered greatly. Still, it was ‘Captain’ Park Kyung-soo who kept the center, cheered and encouraged, and saved the atmosphere.

Kim Min-hyeok said, “Before the game, (Park) Kyung-soo-hyung said at the team meeting that the losing streak was in April, and today was the first game in May, so I thought it was something that hadn’t happened and asked not to calm the atmosphere. It was a big help to save the atmosphere with the heart of starting anew.”

In his 10th year as a pro, Minhyuk Kim has become a mid-level player. Thinking back to his childhood changed his mindset. He said that he came to think more about team victory than individual performance. In fact, this season Kim Min-hyeok boasts a pleasant hitting feeling. A career high season seems sufficient. He appeared in 23 games and he has a batting average of .355 (27-for-76) with 8 RBIs and 15 runs, and an OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) of 0.871.

He said, “When I was young, I only thought about my personal performance, but after serving in the military and looking at my age, I was so upset that no matter how well I hit, the team lost and the losing streak got longer.” It’s good to cut off,” he smiled brightly. 

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