‘Power of the bat’ Samsung wins first series of the season over KIA
The Samsung Lions recorded their first winning series of the season against the Kia Tigers as their bats came through despite a lengthy rain delay.
In the final game of a three-game midweek series against the Kia Tigers at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Tuesday, the Samsung Lions won 6-4 behind home runs by Kang Min-ho and Oh Jae-il and a game-winning three-run triple by Kim Hyun-joon to even the series at 2-2.
Samsung, which has been uncharacteristically weak against KIA this season, earned its fourth win against KIA this season and first sweep of the series, having only gotten its first win against KIA last month.
The bats were highlighted by Kang Min-ho’s leadoff home run, his 14th of the season, Oh Jae-il’s first home run in over two months, and Kim Ji-chan and Kim Hyun-joon’s triples to go along with Kim Sung-yoon’s two-hit game.
Kim Hyun-joon, who was named the player of the game, said that it was awkward to be honored in a game where he only had one hit, but that the atmosphere in the batting lineup is improving because both seniors and juniors are doing a good job, and he hopes to continue the good trend.
Along with the performance of the younger players, the victory also included a multi-hit performance by Oh Jae-il, who activated his home run gun, which had been silent since his back-to-back home runs on June 10, heralding his resurgence with his eighth home run of the season in 71 days.
Oh Jae-il, who helped the team win with his good offense, said, “It’s been a while since I hit a home run, so I’m a little nervous. I hope I can hit it consistently, not just once in a while,” he said, adding that he is in the process of improving and will try to show his best in the future.
Manager Park Jin-man, who had to manage a difficult game as starter Won Tae-in quickly went down the mound in the middle of the game due to a long rain delay, also expressed his gratitude for the fans’ support, saying, ‘All the players showed a good performance without losing their concentration until the end,’ and said that they will prepare well for next week, even though they had to wait for a long time due to the rain.
The overall performance of the batting lineup has been the driving force behind Samsung’s late-season surge, with wins over Kia and LG coming against weaker opponents. 안전놀이터
After recording their second consecutive winning series in three weeks following the last week of July, the Samsung Lions will play the eighth-ranked Hanwha Eagles on the road in the upcoming three-game midweek series, followed by a three-game weekend series at home against the 10th-ranked Kiwoom Heroes.