Third baseman who treasures ‘finishing hits’, even in diving catches, ‘sprinting’ basics bring victory.
LG Twins’ “treasure” Bo-gyeong Moon continued the team’s 4th consecutive win with a thrilling ending hit. In the match against Samsung held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 9th, LG won a 3-2 victory in the 10th overtime. With a win for two days in a row, they swept all three consecutive matches with Samsung.
At the end of the 10th inning, with the score tied 2-2, 안전놀이터LG took a chance with one out and 1st and 3rd base with hits by Park Hae-min and Moon Seong-joo. When Hyun-soo Kim grounded the first baseman, the runner on third base was tagged out at home.
In the 2nd 1st and 2nd bases, Moon Bo-gyeong hit the ball between 1st and 2nd base. First baseman Oh Jae-il caught it with a diving catch, ran to first base, and dropped the ball while trying to throw it at the pitcher who entered the base cover. Moon Bo-gyeong was safe with an infield hit, and second base runner Moon Seong-joo went home through third base to win.
Moon Bo-kyung asked, “It’s a hit” as he came to interview Suhun with reporters. This is because it took time for the official record to come out in the end situation.
Moon Bo-kyung said, “It’s really good. He’s had one walk-off home run (he had one walk-off home run last year), but he prefers walk-off home runs. First of all, I am happy that it helped me to win 3 consecutive wins against Samsung due to the end of the game today.”
Moon Bo-kyung entered the plate with the mindset of ‘I want to finish it’ rather than thinking ‘I must finish it’. He said, “If I think I have to finish it, I’m afraid I’ll get tired, and I looked at the outfield position again, and it was in the front, so I hit it with the thought that I’d hit it far because I could catch it if I hit it a little short.”
When he was in the waiting at-bat, Hyun-soo Kim could not finish and Bo-gyeong Moon had a chance. He said, “I think the sky gave me a chance to finish it.” As soon as I was hit, I didn’t run slowly and ran at full speed, but I think that part went well.” Even at the moment of being caught by a diving catch, he did not forget to sprint and ran, so there was a part where the opponent dropped the ball in a hurry.
At first, I didn’t know that the runner was coming all the way to the home plate because I was sprinting to first base. Moon Bo-gyeong said, “I couldn’t see the home because I was checking the ball position and running. Watching the first baseman run, I thought (safe) was done. I just thought about whether it was safe or out, but I thought it was over at that time because I was going home.” said.
The game was not easy for LG, with three double hits on the day. There were also many left bases on the chance. Moon Bo-gyeong said, “I won anyway, so I think that if you learn how to win in such a situation, that’s a strong team. You can’t play well every day, and I think a strong team wins those games.”