Dong-Hun Kim defended the pride of his team, Kiwoom Heroes, with a fierce blow.
Kim Dong-heon started as the ninth hitter and catcher in the home game against the LG Twins in the 2023 professional baseball KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 13th.
From the beginning of the game, Kim Dong-heon’s bat turned fiercely. At the beginning of the 2nd inning, he attacked opponent starting pitcher Lim Chan-gyu’s 4-pitch 126km changeup from 2nd base and 2nd base, hitting 1 RBI at the right time.
Kim Dong-hun, who gained momentum, continued the streak of hits in the top of the 4th inning. He received Lim Chan-gyu’s 4 pitches from 1st out, 1st and 2nd bases, and produced a right-handed hit, connecting the 1st out with a full base. With Kim Dong-heon’s hit, Lee Ju-hyeong, who reached third base from second base, dug into the grounder Lee Yong-gyu’s first baseman’s grounder and scored a run.
Kim Dong-heon’s hot hitting feeling did not seem to cool down even in the beginning of the 5th inning. He pulled Lim Chan-gyu’s 2-pitch 112km curve from the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases and hit a timely one RBI hit that landed in the middle left.
After striking out in the top of the 7th inning, he was replaced by Kim Si-ang at the end of the 7th inning defense and finished the game. The final result was 4 at-bats, 3 hits and 2 RBIs. However, despite Kim Dong-heon’s performance, Kiwoom knelt down to LG 8-17. As a result, Kiwoom, who fell into the swamp of 4 consecutive losses, remained at the bottom with 62 losses (42 wins, 3 draws).
Kim Dong-heon, who was nominated by Kiwoom with the 12th overall in the 2nd round in 2023, has been recognized for his potential even in his debut season and is playing in many games. He played in 76 games before this match against LG, recording a batting average of 0.263 (42 hits in 160 at-bats), 1 home run and 13 RBIs. Recognized for this ability, he is also listed on the final list of the baseball team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which will be held from mid-September to early October.
In particular, his presence became more important as Lee Ji-young withdrew from the first-team entry due to a sore throat before the match. In response, Hong Won-gi Kiwoom coach said, “(Kim Dong-heon) had to cancel the entry once before this year’s opening game (constantly active)” and said, “It is very difficult for young players, especially catchers, to come out as well as the team direction. In that respect, I hope it will be a time where Kim Dong-hun can continue to go out, gain more experience, and grow while repeating failures and successes. (Even in defense) It seems that the rough appearance is gone. I am still young, so I hope to develop further through experience.”먹튀검증
Did he even listen to the command tower’s encouragement? Kim Dong-heon played a big role on this day and kept the pride of Kiwoom even in the face of defeat. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to show good performance in the remaining games in the future and grow steadily like coach Hong Won-ki’s wish.