“Backup” shortstop who came in after “Veteran” 2 hits, 1 point → active…”It was rather good to be suddenly put into the game.”

Jeon Min-jae was deployed as a substitute for Kim Jae-ho in the bottom of the fourth inning in the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd. 

Doosan scored an additional run in the top of the fourth inning with its team leading 3-1. With two outs, Kim Jae-ho got on base with a double on the left-field line and entered the scoring position. Afterwards, Cho Soo-haeng led a pitcher’s error with a bunt, linking the chance with two outs to the first and third base, and Kim hit a fastball to hit home. Afterwards, Doosan ran away to 5-1 due to Jung Soo-bin’s timely hit. 메이저사이트

The change of innings faced by follow-up hitter Huh Kyung-min when he stepped down due to a fly ball to right field. However, Doosan had Jeon Min-jae in the lineup, not Kim Jae-ho who started at shortstop. Kim was hit by his foul ball in the top of the fourth inning. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop decided to replace Kim as protection. 

Doosan had no choice but to express disappointment for Doosan. Kim Jae-ho, who made his first appearance this season, blasted two hits and one run from two times at bat on the day. Those were all doubles, too. 

Contrary to concerns, Jeon has completely erased Kim’s absence. Immediately in the bottom of the fourth inning, Jeon hit Koo Bon-hyuk’s ball to force out to the second base, and in the top of the sixth inning with two outs and no runners, he hit two pitches from LG’s changed pitcher Jung Woo-young to report a left-handed hit. Unfortunately, he failed to steal a base and failed to score a point. 

With Doosan leading 5-4, Jeon’s bat fired up once more in the top of the ninth inning. With two outs and no runners, Jeon pulled LG pitcher Lee Jong-joon’s slider on the second pitch and hit a double on the left-field line to position himself in the scoring position. This time, he even stepped home. Follow-up hitter Cho Su-haeng brought Jeon home with a timely hit to the right. 

Jeon’s performance on the day was two hits and one run from two times at bat. Due to Jeon’s additional score, Doosan was able to watch with more leeway in defense in the bottom of the ninth inning, and completed its 6-4 win, winning three consecutive games against LG. 

After the game ended, Jeon said, “I didn’t even have time to get nervous because I was suddenly put into the game, but that seems to have benefited me. I am focusing more than before during the batting training to prevent my sense of hitting from falling, and I think that flow continued well. I have a good feeling now.” 

There was also a dangerous situation. With the score in the top of the ninth inning, Jeon ran home fast, and it was the right time to compete with Hong’s throw. Jeon attempted a headfirst sliding, but collided with Park Dong-won, who was blocking the home plate. As the momentary pain came in, Jeon was in considerable pain, but fortunately, he got up and returned to the dugout.

Jeon said, “As I already checked that the opponent team’s outfield was playing forward defense, I was going to start the moment (group) Soohyun’s bat was hit by the ball. I only looked forward and ran as hard as I could. I don’t feel any pain.” 

Jeon Min-jae was drafted 40 times in the second and fourth rounds in 2018, and he wore a Doosan uniform. However, he joined the active duty without standing out, and returned to the 2021 season. The most prolific player since his return was in the 2022 season. At the time, Jeon played in 35 games and posted a batting average of 0.289 to 11 points. 

He only served as a backup under Lee Seung-yeop last season. Jeon finished the season with a batting average of 0.235 with one RBI and three runs in 19 games. Despite being in the early stages of the season, Jeon has already played in 18 games, similar to the previous season. He has displayed his best batting performance. Currently, he is displaying robust batting performance with a batting average of 0.324. 

He also hit his first homerun in his professional career this season. In a game against the Samsung Lions on April 17, Jeon had two hits, one homer, one RBI and one run from four times at bat. Doosan lost to Samsung 2-9 at the time, but he comforted himself by hitting his first homerun as a pro. 

Jeon said, “Even though I haven’t shown much, I feel that I am receiving a lot of support. The only way to repay the cheers of the fans is to show good performances. I will always do my best.”

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