Instinctive backhand catch + Lee Jung-hoo foul defense + wedge 2 RBI, timely hit roar… Ahn Kwon-soo, the main character of the game with a full crowd

May 27, 2023 0 Comments

It was a memorable performance by Lotte Giants coach Larry Sutton (53), who told Ahn Kwon-soo (30) that he had elbow pain that he needed to check every day before the game. Lotte won three consecutive victories with Ahn Kwon-soo’s ball and defense one-man show.

Lotte won 6-5 against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season away game held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 27th. Lotte, who won 3 consecutive wins, succeeded in narrowing the gap with the leading LG Twins to 1 game with 26 wins and 15 losses. On the other hand, Kiwoom, who lost 4 games in a row, stayed in 8th place with 19 wins and 28 losses.

The match was so hot that all 16,000 seats were sold out 20 minutes before the start. The third sold out case this season after the opening game and Children’s Day. Ahn Kwon-soo was the main character who received the hot heat of this full crowd. Ahn Kwon-soo led Lotte’s winning series by hitting two RBIs and timely hits that put a wedge in the team’s victory following two hobi that made Lee Won-seok and Lee Jung-hoo cry.

Lotte starter Charlie Barnes achieved a quality start (6 innings or more, 3 earned runs or less) and 3 wins of the season with 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. Also, the sluggishness of the previous game (4 runs in 5 innings against SSG) was wiped clean. The batting line exploded long and short 14 hits without a home run. Park Seung-wook, Noh Jin-hyuk, Yoo Gang-nam, and Ahn Kwon-soo recorded multi-hits.

Kiwoom starter Choi Won-tae also continued quality start pitching for 3 consecutive games with 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and no runs. The batting line, which only had 8 hits in total, made 9 big innings and had to be satisfied with the streak of scoreless innings ending at 26 innings.
May 27th Kiwoom-Lotte starting lineup

Lotte: Kim Min-seok (center fielder) – Park Seung-wook (2nd baseman) – Jeon Jun-woo (designated hitter) – Ahn Chi-hong (1st baseman) – Koh Seung-min (right fielder) – Noh Jin-hyeok (shortstop) – Han Dong-hee (3rd baseman) – Yoo Gang-nam (catcher) – Ahn Kwon-soo ( left fielder) to form the batting line. Started by Charlie Barnes.

Ahn Kwon-soo, who played No. 2 the previous day (26th), went down to No. 9, and Park Seung-wook, with a batting average of 0.313 in May, took his place. This is because Ahn Kwon-soo’s batting pace has fallen due to elbow pain. Lotte coach Larry Sutton did not forget to encourage him, saying, “Ahn Kwon-soo has elbow pain, so I check him every day. However, he continues to show a very good figure in defense. He is also active in base running. He is a smart player.”

Kiwoom is Kim Joon-wan (left fielder) – Kim Hwi-jip (designated hitter) – Lee Jeong-hu (center fielder) – Kim Hye-seong (2nd baseman) – Edison Russell (shortstop) – Kim Tae-jin (3rd baseman) – Lee Won-seok (1st baseman) – Lee Ji-young (catcher) – Lee Hyeong-jong (right fielder) ) constituted the other line. Selected by Choi Won-tae.

Recently, Hui-jip Kim, who has a good hitting feel in the lower batting line, was placed in the second batting order. Director Hong Won-ki Kiwoom said, “Hitter number 2 doesn’t mean much at this point. We have to make a breakthrough by somehow establishing a link to hit.” I expected it.
Two days in a row, a tight pitcher’s battle, Ahn Kwon-soo Hobisho Kiwoom breaks through 26 consecutive innings scoreless

The previous day (26th), starting pitchers from both teams made a quality start (6 innings or more, 3 earned runs or less), and this day also showed a pitcher’s battle. Both Lotte Barnes and Kiwoom Choi Won-tae maintained a zero balance by marching scoreless until the 5th inning.

The biggest crisis in the pitching match was in the top of the 4th inning. Leading batter Park Seung-wook got on base with a right-handed hit and immediately stole second base. In Koh Seung-min’s at-bat, Choi Won-tae committed a wild throw and reached third base, and Ko Seung-min also walked to base and became 2nd, 1st and 3rd base. However, after the coaches visited the mound, Choi Won-tae caught Noh Jin-hyeok with a ground ball and handled it, ending without a run.

On the other hand, on the 24th, the Kiwoom lineup, which has not scored since the 9th inning against Suwon KT, spent the innings without scoring on this day. Kim Hwi-jip (9 pitches) in the 1st inning and Russell (8 pitches) in the 2nd inning persistently kicked the ball, but it failed to lead to a hit. In particular, Lotte left fielder Ahn Kwon-soo’s lake rain show represented the situation of Kiwoom, which has not been resolved recently. In the second inning, Ahn Kwon-soo instinctively caught Lee Won-seok’s ball headed for the left wall. It was difficult to catch because it suddenly fell in front of Ahn Kwon-soo, but he caught it with his backhand momentarily and saved it. On top of that, in the 6th inning, even Lee Jung-hoo’s foul hit was caught with a hustle play that did not hesitate, and Lotte’s away fans gathered at 3rd base went wild.
Ahn Kwon-soo, the name that has risen to the top as the tenacious Lotte low-ranking lineup that even destroyed Kiwoom’s core left-hander

Lotte’s lower batting line, which had combined 6 hits out of the team’s 9 hits the previous day, exploded the feeling of hitting in the 7th inning and made a big inning. In place of Choi Won-tae, Roh Jin-hyeok struck the way with an infield hit against left-hander Pil Seung-jo Kim Jae-woong. The root of the problem was that Kim Jae-woong could not catch a grounder heading toward third base at once.

Han Dong-hee continued the flow with a left-handed hit, and Yoo Kang-nam immediately attacked Kim Jae-woong’s first pitch and produced a double that split right and middle, breaking the balance of 0. Yoo Kang-nam, who had been out due to his slow feet despite hitting a double hit the previous day, roared from the second base as if to soothe his disappointment.

Ahn Kwon-soo, who was the unsung hero of the match due to two horrific rains, eventually became the main character with an intense one-shot at the plate. He touched Kim Jae-woong’s fastball coming from the outside from 1st out, 2nd and 3rd base, and created a timely hit with two wedges that grazed the side of the shortstop. Ahn Kwon-soo cheered from the first base, and Lotte away fans applauded from the third base spectators. Subsequently, Park Seung-wook, Jeon Jun-woo, and Yoon Dong-hee each added 1 RBI, and Lotte scored 6 points in only the 7th inning and seized the victory.

Unlike Lotte’s bottom line, which exploded in time, Kiwoom’s line exploded late. Kiwoom, who finished the 7th and 8th innings without scoring and increased the number of scoreless innings to 26, took a chance against Jin Seung-hyun in the 9th. Lee Jung-hoo’s right-center hit, Kim Hye-seong’s right field hit, and Song Seong-moon’s walk made the bases loaded. Yoon Myeong-jun, who pitched in relief, struck out Lee Won-seok with 3 pitches, but allowed Kim Dong-heon to hit 2 RBIs in the left front.스포츠토토

Closer Kim Won-joong hit Hyung-jong Lee after starting the mound, leading to a chance to load bases. Lim Ji-yeol made up for one point with a push-off walk, and pinch-hit Lim Byeong-wook hit two RBIs and timely hits to chase with a one-point lead. However, Lotte’s 6-5 victory was confirmed as Lee Jung-hoo retreated with a ground ball in front of the pitcher.

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