Yang Hyun-jong, after 5 games to return to Korea… First win joint with Park Dong-won, ‘Lee Jeok-won’

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KIA Director Kim Jong-guk “It is important to adapt to practice”… Park Dong-won, who was suddenly deployed as the starting catcher
At the end of the 1st inning, he conceded a bad throw at 2nd, but he stole 3 innings and made a wedge two-run.
4 at bat, 2 hits, 2 RBIs, great performance

KIA starting pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (left) went down the mound to meet the winning pitcher requirements by blocking four hits and three runs (two earned) until the end of the 7th inning and two runs in the 7th inning in the visiting game against KT on the 26th and bowed the mound to catcher Park Dong-won, who transferred from Kiwoom. are doing Suwon = News 1

In the first match, when KIA put a mask on Dong-won Park, the ‘new hostess’ brought from Kiwoom at a large cost, the trade effect was very effective. Park Dong-won, regarded as the league’s top attacking catcher, contributed to the team’s victory by recording a multi-hit with a home run in his first match in the KIA uniform.

KIA won 10-5 in the match against KT held in Suwon on the 26th. The game was held in the home of the ‘defending champion’ KT, but the team that drew more attention on that day was KIA. The KIA signed a reserve free agent (FA) Dong-won Park through a trade with Kiwoom on the 24th, and as soon as the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) approved it on the 25th, Park Dong-won was added to the starting list immediately. The 25th was a Monday, so there was no professional baseball game. Instead of bringing in Park Dong-won, KIA gave infielder Kim Tae-jin to Kiwoom, plus 1 billion won in cash and 2nd round pick for the rookie in 2023. It was because it was so urgent to fill the position of the catcher, which has been pointed out as a weakness.

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Park Dong-won worked with starting pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong on that day, but the start was a bit unstable. In the bottom of the first inning, where KIA was lagging 0-1, Park Dong-won, who was defending with two-on-one and three bases, threw the ball to second base when an opposing runner attempted to steal a base, but fell into the outfield and allowed a run. In his first at bat in the second inning, he struck out a sloppy swing. However, at the bottom of the 3rd inning, Park Dong-won, who finished the inning by catching the opposing runner who was trying to steal a base in the situation of 2 out of 1, reported his first hit after transferring in the second at-bat in the early 5th inning. Kim Seon-bin, who made 3-3 in the second chance to fill the second base in KIA, swept three runs and doubles. KIA, who succeeded in a 4-3 comeback with a home run from Kim Seok-hwan in the 7th inning, ran 4 more points in the 8th inning. Park Dong-won scored 2 runs in 4 at-bats, 1 walk, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, adding a two-run home run in the ninth inning, where the team led 8-4. KIA manager Kim Jong-guk said, “Since the season has already started, it is better to adapt quickly in the actual game even if you make a mistake.”

Yang Hyun-jong, who played in American professional baseball last year and returned to his family ahead of this season, won his first win in five games after the start. Yang Hyun-jong became the third KBO League player to strike out 1,700 at the end of the 3rd inning, and increased it to 1702 at the end of the 7th inning, breaking the record for the most strikeouts in KIA team history set by KT manager Lee Kang-cheol during his active career. KIA, which has won two consecutive wins, has recovered a win rate of 50% (10 wins, 10 losses, 6th place).

Leading SSG defeated Lotte 8-1, which had been on a three-game winning streak. Hanwha, which led SSG by 2-1 in three matches last weekend, and gave SSG the first ‘loosing series’ of the season, won 5-2 over Kiwoom.

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Suwon = Reporter Bae-jung Kim wanted@donga.com

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