3G Hitless,3 Hits Rebound, Tieless Double Play KIM DO YOUNG is Growing Up
Kim Do Young’s performance suddenly dropped.
Is it because of the pressure. Kim Do-young (19), an infielder in his second year who led the KIA Tigers to a hot late summer, suddenly fell sharply.
On the 19th, when KIA was at the crossroads of six consecutive losses, it was against the Gwangju LG Twins. KIA, which faced an attack in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-4 and one-run lead, faced a chance to win the first and third bases with Oh Sun-woo walking and Choi Won-jun hitting a right-handed hit with one out and no runners. It was an opportunity to break down the league’s representative closer Ko Woo-suk.
In this situation, Kim Do-young, who was at the batter’s box, swung on a four-seam fastball based on the right-handed batter on the first pitch, and hit the same pitch again in the second pitch, but hit a grounder toward the second baseman. LG second baseman Shin Min-jae stepped on second base himself and made a double play with a throw to first base. The game ends as it is. Kim Do-young couldn’t hide her expression of bewilderment.
Kim Do-young returned to KT Wiz on June 23 after a long rehabilitation period after suffering a foot injury in Game 2 of the opening two consecutive regular seasons. Since then, he has contributed to the team’s ranking competition with his improved batting ability, running base play, and stable third base defense. When KIA won nine consecutive games from KT Wiz on the 24th of last month to Doosan on the 6th of this month, it played a good role as an offensive spearhead with Park Chan-ho. In particular, he hit a timely reverse hit and a wedge home run against the SSG Rangers on the 3rd, when he won eight consecutive games, and a two-run home run to take the lead in the 4th inning against Doosan on the 6th when he won nine consecutive games.
KIA traded key infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk to the Samsung Lions in early July, believing in Kim Do-young’s growth. By recruiting Kim Tae-gun, he strengthened his home turf, which was a vulnerable position. Kim Do-young was the present and future of the team.
KIA Tigers faltered after nine consecutive wins.
However, in the last 11 games, where the ranking competition has continued, Kim Do-young has been sluggish with a batting average of 0.217 (10 hits in 46 at-bats). He filled the position of Park Chan-ho, the leadoff (No. 1 hitter), who left due to a ligament injury in his left finger from the match against the Lotte Giants on the 13th, and he had no hit in three consecutive games. In the meantime, it was Kim Do-young, who replaced Park Chan-ho as a shortstop. In the match against Doosan on the 17th, which lost its fourth consecutive game, he made a catch error on an ordinary infield grounder.
It seems that the mental burden has increased as he took a heavy role in the ranking competition climax. In the end, KIA manager Kim Jong-kook returned Kim Do-young to his original position of second batter and third baseman. Kim Do-young rebounded with three hits against Doosan on the 18th, and also hit a double in the eighth inning against LG on the 19th to record consecutive game hits. However, he only had a double play when he had a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning.
Park Chan-ho started batting training a few days ago and is close to returning as a substitute on the 19th. However, Choi Won-joon, who was leading KIA mobility baseball with him, will be called up to the Hangzhou Asian Games national baseball team from the 23rd and leave.
KIA has recently fallen to sixth place with six consecutive losses. At least, the performance of SSG, a five-team competitor, has fallen significantly, so the gap has not widened significantly. The most important time for KIA this season. Kim Do-young is in desperate need of a rebound. 스포츠중계