“Our team can go further.”
KT Wiz won 3-1 against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Saturday at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
The game-winning hit came from Hwang Jae-gyun. Hwang went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI, and one run scored while batting third.
Hwang wasted no time in scoring in the first inning. Kim Min-hyuk and Lee Ho-yeon hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. In a 2B2S, Hwang took advantage of Kwak Bin’s curveball for an RBI single. Doosan requested a video review of the home tag, but the call was upheld, giving KT the lead.
KT continued to capitalize on its scoring opportunities. Park Byung-ho singled to put runners on first and third, and Anthony Alford was hit by a pitch. They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
KT struck first. Ko Young-pyo walked with one out and Jose Rojas doubled. Kim Jae-hwan then singled to put runners on second and third. Kim In-tae’s at-bat resulted in a wild pitch that brought Rojas home.
However, KT managed to escape in the top of the seventh. Choi Jae-dae led off with a double and advanced to third on a walk by Kwak Bin. Kim Min-hyuk followed with a sacrifice fly. Bae Jeong-dae came home to make it 3-1. The pitching staff then shut down the Doosan bats without allowing an earned run.
After the game, Hwang Jae-gyun said, “It was hot, but I tried to be more focused when it came to important moments where I could score runs or control the flow of the game. I’m happy that my focus paid off at the plate,” he said. “I’m especially happy that it helped us win the three-game series against Doosan, who are in a fierce standings battle.”
“The weather is always a challenge, but I think I need to push myself a little harder. This year, I want to focus on team victories rather than individual records and run to the championship.”
KT has been working its magic this season. In May, the team fell to the bottom of the standings due to a series of injuries. However, the team has been able to 메이저사이트 climb back up the standings with the return of the missing players.
In particular, the team went 12-3 in the second half of the season. They finished in fourth place with 49 wins, 2 draws, and 44 losses.
Hwang Jae-gyun believes KT can continue its momentum and climb even higher: “The team has improved its win-loss margin from negative to +5. With just under 50 games to go, we can still climb higher,” he said.