Doosan Bears’ lineup change aimed at the opponent’s ace did not lead to victory. The silence of center hitters Kim Jae-hwan and Yang Seok-hwan was painful.
Doosan lost 3-7 in the 6th game of the season against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 21st. The week ended with a losing series, unable to continue the victorious spirit of the previous day. The season ranking was tied for 4th with NC Dinos with 20 wins, 1 draw and 19 losses (0.513).
On this day, Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop changed the lineup to target kt starting pitcher Wes Benjamin. Song Seung-hwan (right fielder) – Park Gye-beom (shortstop) – Yang Eui-ji (catcher) – Kim Jae-hwan (designated hitter) – Yang Seok-hwan (1st baseman) – Heo Kyung-min (3rd baseman) – Jose Rojas (left fielder) – Kang Seung-ho (2nd baseman) – Jo Su-haeng ( Center fielder) came out with the batting order leading to it.
The biggest win was the leadoff appointment of Song Seung-hwan, who was placed in number 8 the previous day. Coach Lee explained before the game, “Goto’s batting coach recommended it. Song Seung-hwan is an aggressive batting player (opponent selection), and Benjamin will be fine enough to aggressively pitch (as a leadoff).”
As the coaching staff wished, Song Seung-hwan fulfilled his role faithfully. After hitting a double in the middle left from the first at-bat in the first inning, he stepped on the groove when Eui-ji Yang hit and scored the first run. In the top of the 5th inning, after walking on a walk, he scored on a home run by Park Gye-beom, the follow-up hitter. His final performance was 1-for-3 with 1 walk and 2 runs scored.
The hitters who had to play the role of the ‘pillar’ of the team were sluggish. 4th designated hitter Kim Jae-hwan and 5th hitter and 1st baseman Yang Seok-hwan ended up with no hits in 4 at-bats. Kim Jae-hwan went hitless for two consecutive games following the previous day.안전놀이터
On the other hand, kt’s central batting line leading to Moon Sang-cheol, Park Byung-ho, and Jang Seong-woo combined for 6 hits. Park Byeong-ho scored 3 hits alone even though his legs were not in perfect condition. Jang Seong-woo led the team to victory with a two-run four at the end of the 4th inning and two RBIs and a timely hit with a wedge at the end of the 7th inning.
Doosan was not without achievements, with foreign hitter Lohas continuing his eight-game hitting streak and Park Gye-beom hitting a beastly home run. However, it was unreasonable to bring a winning series in a game where the main lineup was not active.