Oh Ji-hwan “Homerun hitter, shortstop, it’s cool, but it’s a one-time thing”


Started as a 4th batter for the second time in his career and got 3 RBIs including a home run

LG Oh Ji-hwan quenches thirst

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = LG Twins shortstop Oh Ji-hwan quenches his thirst by drinking water after starting as the 4th batter in the home game against the Hanwha Eagles in professional baseball at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 22nd.

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = “The 4th shortstop hitting a home run is cool, but I hope it ends with a one-off.”

Oh Ji-hwan (32, LG Twins), who performed like a baseball cartoon, said with a bright expression.

Oh Ji-hwan started as the 4th batter shortstop in the home game against the Hanwha Eagles in professional baseball held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 22nd.

LG’s built-in #4 hitter Chae Eun-seong felt symptoms on his back, and LG coach Ryu Ji-hyun selected Oh Ji-hwan as ‘temporary #4 hitter’.

It is the first time in eight months and the second in his personal career that Oh Ji-hwan started as the 4th batter after the Busan Sajik Lotte Giants game on October 29 last year.

Director Ryu’s radical choice paid off.

Oh Ji-hwan led the team to a 6-5 victory with a two-run home run and three RBIs in four at-bats.

At the end of the 1st inning, behind 0-1, he hit a right-handed hit at 2nd and 2nd base, and in the 3rd leading 2nd and 2nd base 3-1, he rolled up Hanwha starter Yoon Dae-kyung’s 130km/h changeup and hit a two-run shot that crossed the center fence. .

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On that day, Oh Ji-hwan hit the right time twice in three scoring opportunities.

His batting average for the season is 0.251 (62 hits in 247 at-bats), but his batting average is pretty high at 0.305 (18 hits at 59).

Oh Ji-hwan said, “I feel like I’m getting smarter in the scoring zone. The more I concentrate, the more I can read the opponent’s battery’s ball combination. said.

Oh Ji-hwan smiling brightly
Oh Ji-hwan smiling brightly

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‘The 4th batter’s weight’ increased concentration.

Oh Ji-hwan said, “When the starting lineup came out, I wondered, ‘Why am I the 4th? There are hitters who have a better hitting feeling recently.’ I also thought that I didn’t want to reveal Chae Eun-seong’s vacancy.”

He had a pleasant result in the 4th place, but Oh Ji-hwan shook his head at the question, “Do you not want to play as the 4th hitter again?”

Oh Ji-hwan said, “The 4th shortstop hitting a home run. It’s like a cartoon. I felt that way today, so I hope it’s a one-time thing. I know myself well. It’s good to stop when you feel good.”

He also said, “After hitting a home run (3rd inning), I told the manager, ‘I hope you don’t use it as a fourth hitter just because I hit a home run today'”.

Manager Ryu Ji-hyeon did not respond to Oh Ji-hwan’s comments because it was during the game.

It is highly unlikely that manager Ryu will frequently use Oh Ji-hwan, who played the most 579⅔ innings among LG infielders, in the 4th batting order in the position of shortstop with a heavy defensive burden.

However, when Chae Eun-seong needs a break like this day, there is a high possibility that Oh Ji-hwan is the ‘temporary 4th hitter number 1’.

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After the match, coach Ji-hyeon Ryu praised, “Captain Oh Ji-hwan is playing his role well in any batting line.


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