“My place is wherever the team wants me to be,” says Kang Seung-ho, a tiger with a heart of gold
Doosan Bears infielder Kang Seung-ho used his long bat and quick feet to shake up the KIA Tigers. He played a crucial role in his team’s win to end the week on a high note.
Fifth-ranked Doosan won the ninth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against KIA 3-2 on Nov. 11 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and moved them to within 2.5 games of sixth-place KIA.
Doosan got off to a flying start in the top of the first inning with a leadoff sacrifice fly by Yang Ji Woo. Starting pitcher Kwak Bin Kwak also made it easy for the team with a perfect game in the top of the fifth inning.
The much-needed run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Park Kye-beom led off with a walk, Kang Seung-ho hit a triple over the center field fence to make the score 2-0.
Kang Seung-ho’s performance continued. With runners on first and third, he drove home Lee Yoo-chan’s grounder to shortstop. Despite the advance defense of the KIA infield, he didn’t hesitate as the ball hit his bat.
Kang Seung-ho tried to score with a head-first slide at home. The initial call was an out, but Kang Seung-ho confidently requested a video review and it was confirmed as a fielder’s choice. Kang Seung-ho’s hands and feet gave Doosan two runs.
Kwak Bin gave up two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Doosan held off the Kia rally with no further runs. Kang Seung-ho’s single and a run scored proved to be the difference in the game.
“In my first at-bat in the second inning, I couldn’t react to (KIA’s Yoon Young-cheol) fastball and struck out, so I was hoping that the fastball would come in from the first pitch,” Kang Seung-ho said after the game.메이저사이트
“I was 100 percent sure it was a save. I jumped at the right moment, but when I saw the pitch, I realized I was going to be late, so I took my left hand out as I was going home, and I was sure it was a save.”
He doesn’t mind the fact that he’s been playing first base instead of his usual position of second base lately. He is determined to do his best to play wherever the team needs him.
“If the team needs me, I’ll play wherever they need me,” Kang said. I’ve played first base a few times since last year, and I’ve been preparing for it, so I don’t feel awkward or overwhelmed.” “I’m grateful to the fans who filled the first base bleachers during the losing streak. I promise to give them a good show next week.”