‘Rest Effect’ Jang Jae-young erased his first multi-hit in the first division… four strikeouts’ nightmare

At a home game against the NC Dinos in the 2024 KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 26th, Jang Jae-young started as the sixth batter and center fielder, and recorded two hits, one RBI, and two strikeouts from four times at bat. He struck out four in the previous game (against the Gocheok Lotte Giants on the 23rd) and missed the previous day’s game. He cut the bad trend straight away. His batting average rose from 0.167 to 0.235.안전놀이터

Jang Jae-young played his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning with two outs and runners on first and second bases, with his team Kiwoom leading 1-0. He produced a strong hit by targeting the first pitch slider of opposing pitcher Daniel Castano, but the ball deflected off the pitcher was thrown out in front of the shortstop.

In the fourth inning, when the score was continuing in the first inning, he took the lead as a batter, but he struck out by Castano. He hit the slider with a ball count of 1 ball and 2 strikes, but the bat hit the air.

Jang Jae-young’s hit came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kiwoom was gaining momentum. Kiwoom made it to first and third base with Lee Joo-hyung hitting a right-handed hit and Dawson hitting a middle-handed hit, Kim Hye-sung hitting an RBI grounder and Song Sung-moon hitting an infield hit, adding two more runs with Choi Joo-hwan’s sacrifice fly. Jang Jae-young called Song Sung-moon home with a left-handed hit against Castano in the ensuing game after Song Sung-moon succeeded in stealing second base at his at-bat. It was his second RBI in the first division.

He struck out in the sixth inning. Kiwoom led the game 10-0 and had its second hit at bat in the eighth inning. He hit a four-seam fastball (142 km/h) that pitcher Lee Jun-ho deployed as the leadoff batter to cut the gap between right and center. He doubled. He had two hits in one game for the first time since his debut in the main league. It was also his third time producing a long hit.

Jang Jae-young, who turned from pitcher to batter in mid-May, was recognized for his competitiveness by hitting five home runs in 19 Futures League games and was called up ahead of the match against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon on the 20th. He made his debut in the first division immediately and showed the possibility of settling down by hitting a double to the right against fastball pitcher Moon Dong-ju. In the Gocheok Lotte Giants match held on the 22nd, he hit his first home run of 178km/h laser-like batting speed against Aaron Wilkerson.

In addition, he revealed his lack of experience. At the match against Lotte on Sunday, he struck out four times at bat. He was absent in the first game of NC on Sunday.

In the second game on Wednesday, he appeared to be starting the lineup in preparation for left-handed pitcher Dinel Castano. However, manager Hong Won-ki said, “Now, I have to consistently play regardless of left and right types.” He did not play in the game on the previous day because he played four consecutive games after the first-team call-up, showing lack of physical stamina.

In an interview with this newspaper ahead of the Futures League game last month, Jang said he had the courage to strike out. As a batter just now, he meant that it is more important for him to recognize the opponent’s pitcher’s ball and make his own swing. In fact, he struck out two on the day as well. However, he immediately broke his silence on no hits and showed his growth potential once again. He displayed slightly better batting performance as he was the ninth to seventh, and sixth batter on the day.

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