‘Double, home run, home run, 5 RBI’ expanded entry D-1, players protest in force
Commanders were a little worried ahead of the Sept. 1 expanded entry.
This week’s long fall rains were to blame. We were supposed to be checking in on our Futures League players, but with so many games canceled due to rain, we didn’t have a chance to assess their recent form.
Almost all of our first team games were also canceled. On the 29th, matches at all five venues were canceled due to rain. On the 30th, only one game was held against Incheon SSG-Keum.
This is not to mention the poor drainage of the Futures League stadiums.
On the 29th and 30th, all Futures League matches were canceled for two consecutive days. Rain was in the forecast after the weekend typhoon.
The sun came out on the 31st. Two games were held in the meantime.
Hanwha-SSG’s Seosan game and LG-Goyang’s Icheon game were canceled due to ground conditions after the rain the day before.
Only KIA-Dusan in Hampyeong and Lotte-Samsung in Sangdong were held.
Two games, one day before the expanded roster. The players’ eyes lit up.
Doosan right-handed-hitting outfielder Hong Seong-ho, 26, started in the No. 4 spot in left field and went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored. He also hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat. He hit a solo shot off KIA’s Yoo Seung-chul in the seventh and a two-run shot off Ko Young-chang in the ninth. It’s a clear sign of a first-team call-up.
Top hitter Lee Yoo-chan went 5-for-3 with three RBIs, No. 2 center fielder Yang Chan-yeol went 5-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and No. 3 right fielder Park Ji-hoon went 5-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored, intensifying the internal call-up competition. No. 7 shortstop Ahn Jae-seok also improved his batting average to 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Amidst the internal competition, KIA pounded out 17 hits in an 11-5 victory.
On the mound, starter Jang Won-jun gave up two runs (unearned) on three hits in three innings.
First baseman Hwang Dae-in, fourth baseman Kim Seok-hwan, and seventh baseman Jung Hae-won each had multi-hit games for KIA.
In the top-of-the-table Lotte-Samsung matchup, Samsung’s beasts were in hot call-up contention.
Top middle infielder Kim Sang-min went 5-for-4 with three RBIs, No. 2 third baseman Kim Ho-jae went 4-for-2 with one RBI and three runs scored, and No. 3 designated hitter Kim Hun-gon, who returned from injury, went 4-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.먹튀검증
No. 4 right fielder Yoon Jung-bin showed off his long ball with a two-run homer off rookie Lee Jin-ha in the seventh inning. In all, Samsung out-hit Lotte 8-5 with 14 hits.