Oh Jae-il has changed.’ He recently hit 0.5555 in 3G, and he will meet his former team Samsung soon

KT Wiz won the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League Lotte Giants 7-6 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 20th, marking the first winning series in a long time since the match against the Gwangju KIA Tigers on the 2nd.여우알바

On the day, KT starter Cuevas allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings. He threw a total of 105 pitches, and his maximum fastball speed amounted to 152 km.

Jang Sung-woo then swung three hits, two RBIs and three runs, including consecutive at-bats home runs. Moon Sang-chul also played with multiple hits including home runs, Ahn Hyun-min’s multi-hit, one RBI and one run.

In particular, Oh Jae-il played a big role in harvesting a decisive RBI as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning of the game.

Oh Jae-il entered the batter’s box as a pinch-hitter with two outs and a third base in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the game was tying 4-4, and hit a 146km fastball on the lower side of Lotte’s new pitcher Kim Kang-hyun’s sixth pitch to hit a timely double that cut the right-center gap.

Oh Jae-il’s timely hit changed the mood for KT. Although consecutive at-bats home runs by Ko Seung-min and Son Ho-young in the top of the ninth inning tied the game 6-6, Lotte closer Kim Won-joong’s walk-off wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning brought the victory.

Oh Jae-il explained, “I didn’t think the opposing pitcher would give me a good ball, so I went into the batter’s box focusing on the contact.”

Oh Jae-il’s batting performance is good recently. He made two hits and two RBIs in three at-bats for the first game against Lotte on the 18th, and also made two hits in five at-bats on the 19th. On top of that, he has posted a batting average of 0.5555 in the last three games, playing a decisive role as a pinch hitter again on the day.

Oh Jae-il said, “I’m feeling better these days. I think it’s possible because Lee Kang-chul, batting coaches Yoo Han-joon and Kim Kang-ho helped me prepare well before the game.”

Oh Jae-il wore a magic corps uniform on the 28th of last month when KT and Samsung traded for Park Byung-ho, a first baseman the same age as born in 1986.

Park Byung-ho, who had a batting average of 0.198 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 44 games while playing for KT, hit five homers as soon as he moved, but Oh Jae-il remained sluggish with a batting average of around 10%.

It used to be evaluated that it was not a win-win trade. However, it has been showing improved batting performance and is contributing to KT.

Oh Jae-il said, “Coming to Suwon Stadium and feeling the atmosphere at home also seems to have led to a good influence. I will try my best to maintain my condition and show good results.”

Meanwhile, Oh Jae-il and Park Byung-ho will face off for the first time since the trade in Suwon on the 28th.

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