Oh Ji-hwan succeeded → Kim Hyeon-soo cleared the vacancy, ‘3rd shortstop’ Kim Min-seong “It’s difficult, but”
The LG Twins were struck by lightning on the 7th. Ji-hwan Oh, the starting shortstop, Golden Globe member, and national representative, rushed to the hospital with pain in his side while training before the game. As a result of the diagnosis, he was diagnosed with micro damage to the right oblique muscle. He estimated that recovery would take about two weeks.
The problem was serious. Not only did Oh Ji-hwan play a large role, 스포츠토토but there was no backup shortstop. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop’s first backup shortstop was Son Ho-young, but he was unable to make the opening entry due to an injury. In this way, the unimaginable thing of ‘shortstop Kim Min-seong’ began.
Kim Min-seong, who started as a shortstop for 12 consecutive games starting from the match against Samsung on the 7th, contributed greatly to LG’s rise to the top with performances comparable to those of Oh Ji-hwan. The relaxed defense is still the same at shortstop. The blow here is beyond expectations. After becoming the starting shortstop, Kim Min-seong is recording a batting average of 0.350 with 14 hits in 40 at-bats. It is tied for ninth in the league during this period.
In the NC match on the 20th, Kim Hyun-soo even filled the gap. Kim Hyun-soo felt uncomfortable with his back before the game, so he went into the 3rd batting order instead and played an active role with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats. LG defeated NC 9-4 and rose to the top spot alone.
Kim Min-seong’s appearance as the third hitter is the first time in 1048 days since the Gocheok Kiwoom match on June 6, 2020. He said, “(Kim) Hyun-soo hyung wasn’t good, so the original lineup was changed. I just went out for the third time and hit the same hit.
Regarding the successful filling of the gap between Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Hyun-soo, he said, “Now, my job is to do my part no matter where the batting order goes or where the defense goes. I will try to stick to that.”
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop seems to be happy with Kim Min-sung’s performance, but also feels sorry for him. Before the game on the 20th, he said, “Now (fatigue) would be up to his neck.” After Oh Ji-hwan returned, he also said that he would give him a break for the time being. When Kim Min-seong heard about this, he said, “It’s difficult. It’s difficult, but I can’t say it’s hard. I’m going to do my best to the best of my ability. Maybe I knew that today, but the players gave me a lot of points so I was able to rest in the second half. To the players, Thank you.” He smiled broadly.
On the other hand, Kim Min-seong also achieved a record of 1,600 appearances in his career on this day. It is the 50th record in the KBO League. Kim Min-seong said, “I ended up playing 1600 games. I want to finish with the LG Twins for the remainder of the 1700 and 1800 games.”