SSG Landers’ Choi Jeong-jeong hit a grand slam to set the stage for the team’s victory and set a new career-high.
SSG won its seventh game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Samsung Lions 6-0 at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Wednesday, extending its winning streak to four games and improving its record to 42-1, 24 (.636) on the season.
Choi, who started at third base and batted third, went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, his 17th and 18th of the season, to maintain his lead in the home run category. He extended his lead over second-place Park Dong-won (LG Twins) to four.
Choi also became the fourth player in KBO history to reach 3,800 career RBIs in the game. He was the youngest player to reach the milestone and the first right-handed hitter to do so.
After the game, Choi said, “I didn’t perform well on the day Baek Jung-hyun pitched, and my fastball timing has been a little late since the Jamsil Doosan Bears game.” “Today, I came to the plate determined not to be late with Baek Jung-hyun’s changeup, and it worked out well,” he said.
“In my first at-bat, I honestly thought the ball wasn’t going to go over, but the fact that it turned into a home run made me feel like my timing was better and 메이저사이트 gave me more confidence,” he added.
There was also the added focus of having Kim Kwang-hyun on the mound after failing to secure a win in his first two outings since returning to the first team.
“I’m sure (Kim) wasn’t happy with his pitches, and we weren’t hitting well either, so something wasn’t quite right,” Choi said. “I think if the team’s ace goes down, the team is going to be shaky, so I try to focus a little more on his days, and there are a lot of things I pay attention to.”