This year, the man of ‘May the Lunar New Year’? Socrates explodes three hits in 2G in a row… Will he get out of the danger of replacement

Will he be the man of the fifth lunar month this year? Socratic Brito (32), a foreign hitter for the KIA Tigers, is making a comeback along with the heat wave.퀸알바

Socrates started the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League SSG Landers game at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 12th as the seventh batter and center fielder, and played well with three hits, one RBI, two runs and one walk in four times at bat. KIA, whose batters exploded, including Socrates, Kim Do-young (2 hits, three RBIs in six times at bat), and Choi Hyung-woo (3 hits, one homer, six RBIs in six times at bat), beat SSG 13-7, avenging its defeat the previous day. On the same day, as the LG Twins lost 4-5 to the Samsung Lions, KIA regained its first place in five days.

Socrates, who had three hits in five at-bats the previous day (11th), had his bat burned for two consecutive days. Socrates, who hit the batter’s box for the first time in the top of the second inning with two outs and no runners, hit Oh Won-seok’s curveball to hit a double that hit the central fence.

Having struck out at the second batter’s box in the fourth inning, Socrates laid the groundwork for a big inning to come from behind to behind in the sixth inning. With runners at first base with no outs in the top of the sixth inning when his team was losing 2-5, Socrates easily pushed Lee Rowoon’s fastball to complete the multi-hit game by hitting a left-handed hit that separated the gap between the three. When Kim Tae-gun made a timely hit, Socrates advanced to the third base, and succeeded in scoring a point that chased even 4-5 when Seo Geon-chang made a timely hit. Later, Kia successfully turned the tables by 6-5 with timely hits by Kim Do-young and Choi Hyung-woo.

In the seventh inning, the Lee Woo-sung-Socratic combination also became the starting point for the big inning. Following Lee Woo-sung’s double, Socrates walked on base. With Lee Chang-jin’s walk on the bases loaded with Han Jun-su’s walk, Socrates scored another run. Later, Kim Do-young’s two-run double and Choi Hyung-woo’s three-run home run made KIA run to 12-5.

KIA’s offense in the seventh inning did not end there. Again, Na Sung-bum and Lee Woo-sung’s consecutive hits set the table with two outs and runners on the first and second bases. In the 0-2 unfavorable count against Park Min-ho, Socrates skillfully pushed a changeup of the low outer course for the fourth pitch to bring in the runner on the second base as a left-handed hit. With this hit, Socrates completed the game with three hits and four runners on the fourth base.

Socrates, who entered his third year in the KBO league this year, is having the most difficult season. He hit 0.270 with five homers and 18 RBIs with an OPS of 0.765, falling far short of what he expected from foreign hitters. As foreign hitters from relatively different teams pounded hard, Socrates’ sluggishness was even more highlighted.

Socrates, who showed the temperament as a “slow starter” in the past two seasons, recovered amazingly in May when the weather got warmer. He rebounded by posting the highest batting average in May in both 2022 (0.415) and 2023 (0.318). However, this year was different. His performance increased slightly from March to April with a batting average of 0.278 with six homers and 19 RBIs with an OPS of 0.786 in May, but the performance was not much different.

As KIA’s pace, which had been in the lead, gradually declined, Socrates’ position became increasingly unstable. Recently, the possibility of Socrates’ replacement surfaced as it was known that Shim Jae-hak left for the United States.

Is it because he felt a sense of crisis? Socrates is reviving with a batting average of 0.371 with one homer and six RBIs with an OPS of 0.993 in 10 games in June. In particular, he fully awakened with a batting average of 0.500 (11 hits in 22 times at bat) with five RBIs and an OPS of 1.366 in six games from June 6 to June 12 against SSG, which was the first day of the lunar calendar. It remains to be seen whether Socrates, who is reborn as the “man of May” in the lunar calendar, will be able to overcome the crisis of replacement and complete his third KBO league season this year.

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