KIA Tigers’ ‘bull duo’ came to life.
KIA won the match against the Samsung Lions at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 16th and 17th. In the game on the 16th, they scored 7 points only in the 7th inning and won 8-2, and on the 17th, they scored 4 points only in the 3rd inning, winning 7-6 with the other line showing their concentration.
More than anything, it was nice to see Hwang Dae-in and Socrates Brito get out of the sluggish batting to KIA, who rebounded with a winning streak after ending a five-game losing streak.
Hwang Dae-in and Socrates showed a synergistic effect last year and paired the KIA lineup.
Hwang Dae-in, who has always been expected since joining in 2015 but has not been able to establish himself as a starting player, was dropped as the starting first baseman last year when coach Kim Jong-guk took the KIA helm.
Last year, Hwang Dae-in’s batting average stayed at 0.256, and his home runs were not many at 14. However, he scored 91 RBIs, the most in a single season, hitting long hits at every opportunity. He was second on the team behind Na Seong-beom (97).
Socrates, who wore the KIA uniform last year, was somewhat sluggish at the beginning of the season, but showed off his skills after adapting to the KBO league. Even though there was a hiatus due to being hit in the face by a pitch, he did his part.
Last season, Socrates was called “lucky” as he played an active role with a batting average of 0.311, 17 homers, 77 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 83 points. KIA chose to renew the contract with Socrates after the 2022 season.
Expectations were high for the two this year as well, but they performed sluggishly side by side.
Hwang Dae-in had a batting average of 0.211 and 2 home runs in 14 games until the 14th of this month. He also only posted 13 RBIs.
Hwang Dae-in, who stayed with a batting average of 0.219 for a month in April, showed no signs of reviving even in May. In some cases, he gave the opportunity to become the starting first baseman to Byun Woo-hyeok.
Socrates was cool too. He did not perform as well as expected with a batting average of 0.273, 2 homers and 16 RBIs.
This is why director Kim recently emphasized several times, “Hwang Dae-in, Socrates must come to life.”
However, in the games on the 16th and 17th, Hwang Dae-indo and Socrates also flapped their wings to revive.
Hwang Dae-in, who was excluded from the starting lineup for the game on the 16th, was suddenly put into the game because Ryu Ji-hyeok was hit by his foul ball.
Hwang Dae-in, who hit a ground ball to second base in a pinch hit, hit a solo home run in the top of the 5th inning, which was trailing 0-2. In the beginning of the 7th inning, when KIA caught up 2-2, one company, 1st and 2nd base, hit a turnaround timely hit.
In the beginning of the 7th inning, when KIA turned 5-2, Socrates hit 3 wedges that crossed the wall in the middle left with 2 outs 1st and 2nd base.
On the 17th, the two continued their good hitting feeling. Hwang Dae-in went 4 at-bats, 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run, while Socrates went 5 at-bats, 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs.
At the beginning of the 3rd inning, Socrates called the runner from 3rd base home with a grounder from 2nd base on 1st and 3rd base, giving him the first point. After adding one point with Kim Seon-bin’s timely double, Hwang Dae-in scored two RBIs and a timely hit to the left in the second and third bases, leading the KIA to a 4-0 lead.
Socrates hit a solo home run over the right wall in the top of the fifth. It was cannonade two days in a row. He yanked opponent starter Albert Suarez’s low-cut fastball to the body and connected it to a home run.
Even when KIA scored an extra point in the top of the 6th inning, Hwang Dae-in, who started as the lead batter, hit the left and scored.토스카지노
After the game on the 16th and before the game on the 17th, Coach Kim emphasized, “I hope Hwang Dae-in and Socrates rise together,” and smiled as the two showed off two days in a row.
After the game on the 16th, Hwang Dae-in said, “The record wasn’t good, but I don’t think the batting pace was bad. I still have more than 100 games left, so I didn’t want to be in a hurry.”
Socrates said, “I am personally satisfied with my good swing, and I like the content of the game.” I’m paying,” he said.