Kiwoom desperately needs ‘one shot’…You have to be lucky to survive

He has a hit, but no score is given. In Kiwoom’s fan seats, nervous joy often ends up sighing. In a situation where the fourth batter needs a chance to win, Kiwoom desperately needs a shot by the fourth batter, Lee Ju-hyung (23).스포츠토토

Kiwoom missed several chances to score in the game against NC held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 22nd. Dawson reached third base in the bottom of the sixth inning when he was being dragged after giving up the first point to NC, but failed to score as Choi Joo-hwan was struck out by NC Heart.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, when the team caught up to 3-4, it had a golden opportunity to come from behind. With Lim and Dawson taking third and second bases, respectively, Song took the bases with two outs and the bases loaded. However, Lee Ju-hyung’s grounder to the batter’s box led to shortstop’s touchout to the second base, which failed to reverse the result.

Kiwoom, which has ranked eighth overall with 439 hits this season, is not far behind in the number of hits in the past two consecutive games against NC. It had 12 hits (eight NCs) in the first game and 10 hits (11 NCs) in the second game on Sunday. However, Kiwoom was lagging behind in slugging power and ability to solve clutch problems. It allowed the first run throughout the two consecutive games, and none of its home runs was cool enough to turn the game around.

Kiwoom has no choice but to deepen its worries about the fourth batter. Lee Joo-hyung, who has been steadily playing as the fourth designated hitter, seemed to announce his revival by hitting a solo home run in a long time against SSG on the 19th. However, he showed sluggish performance in the two consecutive NC games. The only RBI against NC was Dawson, who was on third base in the game the previous day, with an infield grounder. He is returning to the dugout more often than not being able to solve the problem.

Lee, who fought in April due to damage to his right hamstring (muscle behind thigh) in fine muscle, returned to the ground for the first time in about a month on Wednesday. However, his performance has not changed as before since he returned. His batting average stood at just 0.196 in May. He struck out a total of 16 times in 11 games this month. Lee’s overall strikeout rate (strikeout rate per at bat) stands at 23 percent, compared with 31.4 percent in 11 games in May.

Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki met with reporters before the game against NC on the 22nd and said, “Lee Joo-hyung seems to have 100% of his performance when he hits a home run, but I don’t think he’s 100% as he sees a lot of bad balls going out,” adding, “He’s not a player with so many strikeouts, and other balls other than home runs are not good in terms of figures.”

Kiwoom fell into a quagmire of two consecutive losses due to the loss of the previous day’s game. The ranking is ninth by 0.5 game difference from the lowest-ranked Lotte. Only when the batting line is revived in the match against NC, which has become a luge series, can we seek a chance to rebound. This is why attention is focused on Lee Joo-hyung’s bat on this day.

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