Kang Min-ho of the Samsung Lions led the team to victory with two long hits.
Samsung won 5-4 in the 10th game of the season against the LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 4th and succeeded in overtaking the series.
If starting pitcher Buchanan’s 7 inning pitching stood out on the mound, the presence of ‘veteran’ Kang Min-ho shone in the other lines. Kang Min-ho, who started as the 4th hitter and catcher, made a multi-hit performance by recording 2 hits (1 home run) and 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
Kang Min-ho, who was withdrawn with a fly ball in right field in the first at-bat, drew a solo arch over the left fence against LG starter Ji-gang Lee in the bottom of the 4th inning with the team trailing 1-2. It was Kang Min-ho’s 13th home run this season.
Kang Min-ho, who was not satisfied with a home run, became the protagonist of the reverse play. In the bottom of the 7th inning, with 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base, he pushed Yoo Young-chan’s 6-pitch slider and sent both runners home with a double that split the middle right, making a 5-4 turnaround. This hit was the final blow of the game.
Kang Min-ho is showing off a good sense of hitting while continuing a streak of hits in 5 consecutive games since the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes match on the 30th of last month. He proved the value of a veteran by hitting a finishing hit in the bottom of the 9th inning in the game on the 2nd and then scoring the final blow on the game on the day.
After the match, Kang Min-ho said, “I feel a little better,” and added, “Before, I had a feeling that I was struggling alone, but after entering the second half, many players took turns and gained strength to catch up with the game, so I think I have more strength. Apparently, when there were a lot of injured players, the innings ended if Jose Pirella or I couldn’t hit, but now (former) Ja-wook is back and many young players in the lower batting line are surviving, so those things work well and I can concentrate more on the plate. It seems that there was,” he said.
Next, Kang Min-ho said, “Honestly, the inning might just end, but (from 2 out 1 base) Ja-wook hit a double and got a chance to catch up.” In the beginning, I wanted to hit, so I swung and missed it. After that, I was calmly waiting for the timing of the breaking ball because I thought it would be more tempting to induce it with a breaking ball than a fastball, but as it came in as a mistake, a hit was made,” he looked back on the final stroke situation.꽁머니
Samsung is showing better than the first half, running first in team batting average in the second half. Kang Min-ho also said, “In a game our team is losing, it used to turn around even when it was just losing or winning, but these days, even if the winning rate isn’t very good, it loses, then chases and turns around again. It got better,” he said with satisfaction.
This season, Kang Min-ho has maintained a steady upward trend, recording a high batting average of more than 30%. He said, “I think we’re doing well this year and we’re getting results as much as we prepared. But this year is this year, and next year is next year, so I don’t know how it will change. Although my ranking is low, I’m working hard with the duty to do my best as many fans come. I will do it,” he promised.