“There is no doubt about his ability.”
Kim Hyung-jun (NC Dinos) came off the bench in the bottom of the first inning to go 2-for-3 with a double, two home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored against the SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Thursday.
Kim Hyung-jun came in for Choi Joo-hwan in the bottom of the first inning and shared the batter’s box with Lee Jae-hak. It was his first game back in 1027 days. ”Ahn Joong-yeol has never worked with Lee Jae-hak before, so I was worried about the starting lineup,” said manager Kang Myung-hyun before the game against the LG Twins at Changwon NC Park on the 25th. “Kim Hyung-jun worked with Lee Jae-hak in the Futures Series, so I chose to make a quick substitution.”
Kim came up to bat in the top of the second inning with runners on first and second, but he struck out. But in his second at-bat, he came up big. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, he hit a one-run home run off SSG starter Kirk McCarty. He then led off the eighth inning with a solo shot, again off McCarty. This time, it was a pinch-hit home run.
Kim suffered an ACL tear in his right knee shortly before his retirement from the Mets. After rehabilitation, he made a spectacular comeback, hitting two home runs in his first game back in 1027 days. He proved why he is the catcher for the Asian Games team.
“There’s no doubt about Kim Hyung-joon’s stats. He definitely has a lot of good things,” said Kang, “but he hasn’t played much because of his injury. Now that he has recovered from his injuries, I think he will grow from what he has.”
“He has enough qualities as a catcher. He’s been good since he was a rookie. ”I don’t think there are that many players in the KBO who have that kind of ability. I think his staying power will be the most important thing in the future.”
Meanwhile, NC’s lineup was Son Asub (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second base), Park Gun-woo (right field), Jason Martin (center field), Kwon Hee-dong (left field), Do Tae-hoon (first base), Seo Ho-cheol (third base), Kim Joo-won (shortstop), and Ahn Jung-yeol (catcher). The starting pitcher is Eric Peddie.메이저놀이터
In four games in August, Peddie is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 22 innings pitched with 10 runs (eight earned). NC has scored a total of six runs in the four games.
Coach Kang said, “Pedi hasn’t been bad. It’s just that the offense doesn’t seem to be able to support him in the games he pitches, and that’s why we’re struggling a bit.”