Hwang Dae-in’s 3-pointer + Kim Do-young’s 3 hits ’16 hits and 14 points’ exploded… beat KIA and KT to escape the exhibition game for 4 consecutive years

16 hits (one homer) and 14 points. The KIA Tigers swallowed the KT Wiz by banking on its strong batting sense.핑크알바

KIA won 14-4 in an exhibition game against KT at the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on Sunday. Crow started the game, and gave five hits, five strikeouts, one walk, and two runs in five innings, laying the groundwork for his team’s victory. Kim Do-young had three hits in the batting lineup, while Park Chan-ho, Choi Hyung-woo and Kim Sun-bin also had multiple hits to energize the team’s offense.

The home team KIA has started as Park Chan-ho (striker), Kim Do-young (third baseman), Na Sung-bum (right fielder), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Socrates Brito (middle fielder), Kim Sun-bin (second baseman), Lee Woo-sung (first baseman), Han Joon-soo (catcher), Lee Chang-jin (left fielder), and starting pitcher Crow.

On the other hand, KT faced off with Bae Jeong-dae (middle fielder), Kim Min-hyuk (left fielder), Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman), Park Byung-ho (designated hitter), Mal Rojas Jr. (right fielder), Moon Sang-cheol (first baseman), Cheon Seong-ho (second baseman), Kang Hyun-woo (catcher), and Kim Sang-soo (striker), and Kim Min, the starting pitcher.

◆ KIA’s fierce batters, KT’s mound is devastated

From the beginning of the game, KIA’s batting line showed off its fiery performance. Choi Hyung-woo and Socrates took a 2-0 lead with one-run timely hits in the bottom of the first inning. KIA, which rested in the bottom of the second inning, resumed its scoring streak.

KIA had its first run in the top of the third inning. Kim Min-hyuk’s grounder to the shortstop pushed forward the home plate, and was chased 3-1 with the opponent team’s runner on the home plate. The flow could have subsided, but the team immediately changed the course. Kim Sun-bin’s two-run timely hit made it 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning. KIA made it 4-2 by allowing one more run on Moon Sang-cheol’s grounder to the shortstop in the top of the fourth inning, but it ran away 7-2, as its third baseman added a total of three points, including one run on Kim Do-young’s grounder to the second base, Choi Hyung-woo’s grounder to the second base, and one run on the opponent’s wild pitch.

KIA had a two-run homerun by reliever Kim Min-ju to Kang Hyun-woo to make it 7-4, but completed a big inning in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure its victory. Starting with No. 1 hitter Park Chan-ho, the batting lineup went around one round and bombarded KT’s mound. Including Hwang Dae-in’s three-run homerun, Kim Do-young, Ko Jong-wook, Kim Seok-hwan and Seo Geon-chang hit a timely hit, for a total of seven runs. They widened the score to double digits, effectively seizing the chance to win.

◆ Candidates for the 1st starting pitcher? Crowe who made a decision to take the mound in the opening game

Crow joined Kia ahead of this season. The size of his contract amounts to 1 million U.S. dollars, which is the maximum salary cap for a new foreign player, indicating how much expectation his team has. He is one of the few players in the major league. Having played for the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 94 games (29 starts), he had 10 wins, 21 losses, and 210 ⅔ innings with an ERA of 5.30 with 196 strikeouts and WHIP of 1.56.

It was spectacular from the start. In the match against the Hanwha Eagles held at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 11th, he drew attention with a perfect pitch in four innings with no hits, four strikeouts, and no runs. He also showed good pitching on this day, his second appearance in the exhibition game. He organized the inning with a four-seam fastball and a two-seam fastball that reached a maximum of 152 km/h. Although he lost a point due to a series of intensive hits in the top of the third and fourth innings, he was generally neat. The final performance sealed his start in the opening game with five hits, five strikeouts, one walk and two runs in five innings.

◆ Kim Min-ju, Kwak Do-gyu and KIA Young Gun checked

KIA sent its young guns to check the situation. When Crowe left the mound at the start of the sixth inning, it put forward Kim Min-ju as its second pitcher. Kim Min-ju is a rookie who graduated from Gangneung Yeongdong University and joined the team 66th overall in the seventh round of the 2024 KBO League Rookie Draft. Although the rankings are low for picks, the team has high expectations. He was the only rookie player at last year’s Okinawa closing camp, and rode a plane to Australia with Cho Dae-hyun, a rookie in the first round, at this season’s first-tier spring camp. The team is working hard to make it.

Kim Min-ju, who took the mound in the third game of the exhibition game, was a little shaky. In the top of the sixth inning, he made a left-handed hit to leadoff hitter Jung Joon-young. He handled the follow-up hitter Moon Sang-cheol as a double play to the third baseman, but gave up a walk to Cheonseong-ho, continuing the unstable trend. In the end, the walk became the seed of the run. He bowed his head to Kang Hyun-woo for a two-run homerun that crossed the left fence. The final result was two hits (one homer) in one inning, one strikeout, one walk, and two runs. He has allowed two runs in two consecutive games since the first ⅓ and two runs in the match against Hanwha at Hanwha Life Eagles Park on the 12th.

Kwak Do-gyu, who took the mound in the top of the seventh inning after Kim Min-ju, displayed perfect pitching. He neatly blocked left-handed hitters such as An Chi-young, Kim Byung-joon and Lee Ho-yeon. He ended the inning by treating An Chi-young as a fly ball to the left field, Kim Byung-joon as a grounder to the third base, and Lee Ho-yeon as a fly ball to the shortstop. The number of pitches he threw was impressive enough, as he only posted eight.

Kia has secured its fourth consecutive victory in exhibition games by banking on its batting lineup. It has recorded three wins and six losses in exhibition games.

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