Kim Jae-hwan, who quenches his thirst for home runs, “If I hadn’t been stressed, I’d lie, I’d do my best”
Doosan Bears’ flagship hitter Kim Jae-hwan quenched his thirst for home runs and led the team to 5 consecutive victories.
Kim Jae-hwan started as the designated hitter 4 times in the 4th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 17th and recorded 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, Doosan won 9-6. towed
Kim Jae-hwan showed off his good condition from his first at-bat. He calmly walks from 2nd out and 1st base in the first inning, walks on base, and runs home without hesitation when Yang Seok-hwan hits a double in the middle left to score.
Kim Jae-hwan had a thrilling taste in his next at-bat. In the top of the 3rd inning, with Doosan leading 4-3, he hit a 2-run home run against Kiwoom starting pitcher Jeong Chan-heon from the first base unscathed, making the score 6-3. After hitting the second home run of the season against the KIA Tigers on the 8th of last month, he hit the third home run of the season in a month.메이저놀이터
Kim Jae-hwan later went on base with a heavy hit in the third at-bat in the top of the 5th inning and recorded multiple hits. After the match against the Hanwha Eagles on the 4th, he scored more than two hits in a game in about two weeks, raising the sense of hitting that had stagnated this month.
Doosan’s batters, including Kim Jae-hwan, hit all the first starting pitchers this season and destroyed Kiwoom. With 5 consecutive victories, he continued his upward trend by leaping from 5th to 4th place.
After the game, Kim Jae-hwan said, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed (I haven’t hit a home run in the meantime). But when the team wins, I feel good when I hit a good home run.” But the other players have done well so far, and I think I have to work harder now.”
Kim Jae-hwan is currently not in 100% physical condition due to knee pain, but his condition is gradually getting back on the right track thanks to the management of the training part and coach Lee Seung-yeop’s consideration for appointing him as a designated hitter. As can be seen in the base run play in the first inning that day, he recovered to a state where he could run with all his might and there was no strain.
Kim Jae-hwan himself is greedy for outfield defense. As the other main fielders lacked rest because of him, he is burning up his motivation to help the team not only in hitting but also in defense.
Kim Jae-hwan said, “My knee has improved a lot, so it’s okay. Other players should have taken turns hitting the designated hitter, but I’m so sorry that I couldn’t because of me.” I will,” he promised.
He also added, “I heard that this is the first time since September 2021 that we have won 5 consecutive wins, but last year our team was not very good.