Yang Seok-hwan, who swept the RBI, led the Doosan Bears to their 6th consecutive win.
Doosan won 8-3 in the 14th game of the season against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 17th, securing the winning series with 6 consecutive wins. In addition, as SSG Landers lost both games of the double header against the LG Twins on this day, Doosan succeeded in regaining 4th place, and KIA and SSG fell to 5th and 6th place, respectively.
What stood out as much as the performance of Kang Seung-ho, Park Jun-young, and Yang Eui-ji, who combined for three home runs, was Yang Seok-hwan’s ‘concentration’. He recorded 3 hits and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats, never missing a single opportunity to score.
Seok-Hwan Yang, who was retired by a ground ball in his first at-bat, made up for his disappointment in his second at-bat. In the top of the third inning when the team was tied 1-1, with two outs and runners on first and second base, he pulled KIA starter Thomas Panoni’s first pitch cut fastball and hit a left-field hit. Meanwhile, Doosan was able to regain the lead as second base runner Cho Soo-haeng came home.
It was just the beginning. In the top of the 5th inning, Yang Seok-hwan hit a double to left-center against Panoni with one out, 2nd and 3rd bases, and 3rd base runner Jo Soo-haeng and 2nd base runner Jeong Soo-bin hit home in turn. As the gap between the two teams widened to 4 points, the weight of the game began to gradually tilt towards Doosan.
Seok-Hwan Yang, who met Seung-Hyun Kim in the top of the 7th inning with 1 out and 3rd base, pulled a slider on the 3rd pitch with the ball count of 1-1 and produced a hit that hit the left wall directly. Although the batted ball did not become a home run as it bounced off the wire at the top of the fence, it was meaningful in that it was a hit that gave the team the runs it needed. Doosan, who ran away with a 6-3 lead with Yang Seok-hwan’s 1 RBI and timely hit, added 1 run each in the top of the 8th and 9th inning, breaking KIA’s will to chase.
After the game, Yang Seok-hwan said, “Actually, I haven’t been in a good scoring position all season, but I feel good because I feel like I hit a hit that can score an important score at every opportunity. I think I’ll be more confident in scoring situations in the remaining games.” “I think the cycle is definitely good. I can feel that it has definitely improved compared to when it was bad, but I think I need to maintain this feeling of hitting for a long time,” he said.안전놀이터
Yang Seok-hwan, who also requested a video review of the batted ball in the top of the 7th inning, said, “Rather than being certain, it actually felt like it was hit inside, but since it wasn’t Jamsil Baseball Stadium, I thought it might be overlooked. I think I overestimated myself a bit,” and then laughed. “I think batted balls like that are the most disappointing, but maybe one day (a home run) will come out,” he said.
Doosan, which had a steep rise in the month of July and broke the club’s record for the most consecutive wins (11 consecutive wins), was struggling in the middle-tier competition after experiencing ups and downs last month. However, it succeeded in rebounding this month, raising its ranking to 4th place.
The team atmosphere also improved. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop said in an interview after the game on the 16th was canceled due to rain, “The team atmosphere seems to be better than when we won 11 games in a row.” Yang Seok-hwan, who has similar thoughts as the head coach, also expressed satisfaction, saying, “We are continuing to win difficult games, and I think the atmosphere is better now in that we are achieving successive wins in important situations.”