“This is how one player can change the game of baseball.”
On June 24, commentator Kim “Sunny” Sun-woo raved about a player during a broadcast. It was KIA Tigers infielder Kim Do-young. Kim, who started at third base, was flying through the air and in the field. The quality of his at-bats was different, and it was clear that this was a game-changer.
On June 24, KIA won 4-1 against KT WIZ in Gwangju. The win avenged the previous day’s loss and kept KIA in eighth place in the league with 29 wins, one draw, and 34 losses on the season.
On the day, KIA faced a major crisis in the top of the first inning. After giving up back-to-back singles to Kim Sang-soo and Hwang Jae-gyun, KIA starting pitcher Yang Hyun-jong gave up a walk to Alford to load the bases. After getting Park Byung-ho to strike out to end the threat, KIA induced Jang Jang-woo to hit a grounder to third base to prevent the go-ahead run. Third baseman Kim Do-young made a neat defensive play at the plate.
KIA took the lead in the bottom of the third with a leadoff solo home run by Shin Beom-soo. However, in the top of the fifth, with runners on first and third, Alford gave up a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game at 1-1.
With the game on the line, Kim Do-young came to the rescue. With two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kim hit a three-pitch, 136 km/h changeup from starter Uhm Sang-baek into the right-center field gap for a game-tying double. Kim scored the next batter, Lee Woo-sung, on a single up the middle.
When the team needed a run, Kim came through. Kim led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to left-center field on a four-pitch 127 km/h slider from reliever Son Dong-hyun. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lee Woo-sung, Kim took advantage of a wild pitch to cross the plate with ease. It was the decisive extra run to make it 4-1.
Kia overcame a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth to hold on to the three-run lead.
Kim Do-young showed off his exceptional bat on the day, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs. His bat speed was frightening. It was a perfect performance as a leadoff hitter to spark the offense. At third base, Kim’s defense was solid as well, with a steady hand at the plate.
With back-to-back multi-hit games after his return to the first team, Kim is proving in just two games why KIA fans have been eagerly awaiting his arrival. It’s a good thing his first-team call-up wasn’t delayed by adjusting to the unfamiliar second base position. Kim will likely play defense at third base and shortstop, as he did in spring training a season ago.카지노사이트
Kim is a player who should settle in at shortstop for the long haul. He’s currently playing third base due to the team’s needs, but he could definitely use a little more time at shortstop. If Kim “Captain” Sun-bin returns in the future, the infield will have to be reorganized. Not only Do-young, but also Yoo, who has shown game-changing qualities, should be a viable option for the KIA bench.