Doosan Bears infielder Yang Seok-hwan (32) fired a home run that saved the team from a losing streak. And he became the sole leader in home runs in the league.
Doosan won 10-5 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League LG Twins game held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 16th. Doosan, who escaped from three consecutive losses, finished tied for fourth place with Kiwoom Heroes while avoiding a sweep loss.
Yang Seok-hwan’s one shot saved the team. 메이저놀이터Yang Seok-hwan started as first baseman 3 times and hit hard with 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs, 2 runs and 1 walk.
Yang Seok-hwan began the game in a good mood, hitting a left-handed hit in his first at-bat in the first inning. Then, in the top of the 7th inning when Doosan was trailing 1-4, he exploded a 3-run home run to tie the game against LG veteran Kim Jin-seong in a chance for 2 out 1 and 2 base.
In the full count match, Kim Jin-sung’s 144km fastball on the 6th ball was hit with a perfect swing, and he fired a ball with a distance of 113m that went over the left wall. With this home run, he recorded his 4th home run of the season and leaped to the sole lead in the home run category in the league. Oh Jae-won, commentator of SPOTV, who was in charge of the broadcast on this day, admired, “It was Yang Seok-hwan.”
After Yang Seok-hwan’s home run, Doosan’s batting line was awakened in earnest. And it completely destroyed the LG bullpen. He scored a pleasant come-from-behind victory by scoring 6 points in the top of the 8th inning. Yang Seok-hwan went on base with a walk from 2 outs 1st and 2nd in the beginning of the 8th inning, when Doosan led 7-4, and even scored an extra point when Yang Eui-ji doubled.
After the game, Yang Seok-hwan said, “It’s good to create the situation I wanted the most. I needed at least a hit to reverse the atmosphere, and I feel good because it led to a better result.” I was preparing because I had a miss, and trying to take it a little more sure led to good results.”
He also said, “The team was on a losing streak and LG hit two homers and we were being pushed back in the atmosphere, so I thought it would be nice to have a big one.” I looked back and looked back.
Still early in the season, he only played 13 games, but showed satisfaction in being named as the sole leader in home runs. Yang Seok-hwan laughed, saying, “I think all first place is good. It’s the beginning of the season, so I think I should take a lot of pictures when I’m running first in home runs.”
After this season, he is a free agent, so the better his grades are, the better. So, he did not hide his desire for a home run career high. His career high season is the 2021 season. It was also the year when LG was traded to Doosan. He hit 28 home runs at the time.
If he goes at his current pace, he could hit 44 home runs. Yang Seok-hwan said, “Hitters start the season with goals higher than career highs, whether or not they hit a lot of home runs at the beginning of the season. So do I.”