Why was it Oh Tae-gon and not Choo Shin-soo… The top hitter’s match ended in a huge failure 

SSG Landers lost the first game. Manager Kim Won-hyung’s top hitter’s adventure numbers, which were different from the regular season, were failures. 

SSG lost 3-4 in the first game against NC Dinos in the 2023 KBO postseason semi-playoffs (best of 5) held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd.

SSG’s batting order was organized in the following order: Oh Tae-gon (first baseman), Park Seong-han (shortstop), Choi Jeong (third baseman), Guillermo Heredia (left fielder), Han Yu-seom (designated hitter), Ha Jae-hoon (right fielder), Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder), Kim Seong-hyeon (second baseman), and Kim Min-sik (catcher). .

Choo Shin-soo was excluded from the starting lineup because he performed poorly against NC starter Shin Min-hyuk with 2 hits in 22 at-bats (batting average of .091) in his career and 1 hit and 1 home run in 6 at-bats this season (batting average of .167). Oh Tae-gon recorded a total of 4 hits in 16 at-bats (batting average of .250) against Shin Min-hyuk, including 2 home runs. 

However, director Kim Won-hyung’s use of Oh Tae-gon and Park Seong-han as ‘table setters’ failed. Expectations were high on Oh Tae-gon, who performed well as the number one hitter in the second half of the season, but he fell silent with no hits in three at-bats. Park Seong-han, number 2, also had no hits in three at-bats.

It’s a result, but Choo Shin-soo and Choi Joo-hwan, who made a hit as a late substitute while waiting on the bench, are hitters who are familiar with the top batting order, such as number 1 and number 2. 

The game was tied 0-0 until midway through. Starting pitchers from both teams played well. NC starter Shin Min-hyuk gave up a bunt to Kim Min-sik at 1st and 2nd base with no outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and was in danger with 2nd and 3rd bases with 1 out, but he took a breather by striking out Tae-gon Oh and handling Park Seong-han’s fly ball to left field.

SSG took the opportunity to advance to first and second base in the fourth inning as Choi Jeong and Heredia hit left field hits one after another. However, Hanyu Island was caught with a fly ball to right field, Jae-Hoon Ha was also caught with a fly ball to right field, and Ji-Hoon Choi was caught with a fly ball to second base.

The balance was never broken. SSG starter Elias pitched well, allowing no runs on 78 pitches until the 7th inning. However, Elias’ lonely fight continued as no timely hit was delivered.

In the end, the balance was broken when Elias hit a home run in the top of the 8th inning when the game was tied 0-0. He gave up an infield hit to shortstop to the first batter, Seo Ho-cheol. Shortstop Park Seong-han put out his glove to catch Seo Ho-cheol’s strong ball, but was unable to catch it. Kim Hyeong-jun’s attempted bunt was thrown straight to second base by Elias, catching the lead runner, Seo Ho-cheol. However, with one out and one on first base, Oh Young-soo’s at-bat was hit by a two-run home run on the first pitch by Kim Seong-wook, who came in as a pinch hitter.

SSG threw the game-winning move in the bottom of the 8th inning. Instead of Kim Min-sik, Choo Shin-soo was used as a pinch hitter. Choo Shin-soo hit a hit to right-center against Ryu Jin-wook. Then, instead of Oh Tae-gon, Choi Joo-hwan was sent out as a pinch hitter. Choi Joo-hwan hit a heavy hit, creating an opportunity to reach first and second base with no outs. 

Park Seong-han’s send-off bunt gave them a chance to hit second and third base with one out, and Choi Jeong’s sacrifice fly made it 1-2, a one-point lead. However, with 2 outs and runners on second base, Heredia struck out on a swing and was unable to tie the game.메이저사이트

SSG allowed 2 more runs in the 9th inning with Noh Kyung-eun coming on as the second pitcher. The score gap widened to 1-4, and in the bottom of the 9th inning, Hanyu Island hit against NC closer Lee Yong-chan and Ha Jae-hoon hit a 2-run home run, narrowing the gap to 1 point, but they could not tie the game and gave up the first game.

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