“I didn’t want to take it out this year.”
KT’s Moon Sang-chul, 32, entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Park Byung-ho, who felt unwell in the fourth inning against Suwon Hanwha on Sept. 9. In his first at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, Moon delivered a crucial RBI single that changed the course of the game.
With the bases loaded and the score 4-5, Moon took a fastball from Hanwha ace Felix Peña and smashed a two-run double to left-center field.
The “one-hitter” turned the tide and KT eventually defeated Hanwha 12-6 to extend their winning streak to three games. With a record of 9-1 in its last 10 games, KT is in sole possession of third place in the league, three games behind second-place SSG.카지노사이트
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol, who met with Hanwha on Tuesday at KT Wiz Park in Suwon after their scheduled match was canceled due to rain, praised Moon’s recent performance.
“I tried to give him a chance this year, and I felt bad that I couldn’t do that for players his age, such as (Bae) Jung-dae and (Kim) Min-hyuk,” he said. “I told him to be ready because he was in good shape and I will continue to use him,” he added.
Although he is registered as an outfielder, Moon Sang-chul has been playing mainly as a designated hitter and first baseman this season. However, there are many strong hitters in the same position, including Park Byung-ho and Kang Baek-ho, making it difficult for him to get many opportunities.
However, Moon has been the lifeblood of KT’s batting lineup, filling in well when the main players are injured. In 79 games this season, he is hitting .272 with a .736 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage), seven home runs and 37 RBIs.
“Sang-chul did a good job when (Park) was struggling, so I was able to keep him in the first team,” Lee said, adding, “I’m going to give him a chance until the end of the year.”