‘I ran for home again after being injured’ Ryu Ji-hyuk’s solo effort helps KIA escape third straight defeat + 2.5 games off 5th place

Injury fighting spirit. Ryu Ji-hyeok (29)’s single-handed effort helped the KIA Tigers snap a two-game losing streak.스포츠토토

The Tigers defeated the Doosan Bears 7-3 in their regular-season opener of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Monday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.

With the win, KIA, which snapped a three-game losing streak, improved to 24 wins and 27 losses, closing the gap on fifth-place Doosan (27 wins, 1 draw and 25 losses) to 2.5 games. Doosan saw its winning streak snapped at three, allowing sixth-place KIA to catch up.

The game was highlighted by Ryu Ji-hyuk, who was injured in the second inning of the previous day’s game against SSG in Gwangju when he slid home from third base on a wild pitch by opposing starter Park Jong-hoon. He collided with Jong-hoon, who was covering home plate, and left the game in the fourth inning after being replaced by Choi Jeong-yong.

That was less than 24 hours ago. Ryu Ji-hyeok ran and ran and ran to lead KIA to victory. In his first at-bat in the first inning, he hit a huge triple to the right-center field gap in the Jamsil outfield. In the top of the fifth inning with the score tied at 2-2, he led off with a single up the middle and slid in from first base on Ko Jong-wook’s double down the left field line to score the game-winning run. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one walk and one strikeout. In addition to that, he also made a great play on defense in the bottom of the fifth inning, making a quick throw to get an out.

That helped keep KIA starter Adonis Medina from taking the loss despite pitching 4⅓ innings of three-run ball. In addition to Ryu Ji-hyeok, Ko Jong-wook went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI, Socrates Brito went 4-for-3 with three runs scored and one stolen base, and Lee Woo-seong went 4-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI in the win.

For Doosan, starter Kim Dong-ju was tagged for four runs in 4⅔ innings. At the plate, Yang Ji and Kim Jae-hwan went 1-for-4 with one home run and one RBI, respectively, but were held to just six total hits, halting the winning streak.
Doosan-KIA starting lineup on June 9

Doosan’s Kim Jae-hwan (top) and KIA’s Ryu Ji-hyuk. Below is Ryu Ji-hyuk, who was injured while sliding home against SSG in Gwangju on June 8. /Photo=OSEN, KIA Tigers
Doosan’s lineup was Jung Soo-bin (center fielder), Kim Dae-kim (right fielder), Yang Ji (designated hitter), Yang Seok-hwan (first baseman), Hong Sung-ho (left fielder), Heo Kyung-min (third baseman), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Lee Yoo-chan (second baseman). Kim Dong-ju was the starter.

KIA’s lineup was Ryu Ji-hyuk (third base), Ko Jong-wook (left field), Socrates Brito (center field), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Kim Sun-bin (second base), Lee Woo-sung (right field), Byun Woo-hyuk (first base), Shin Beom-soo (catcher), and Park Chan-ho (shortstop). The starter is Adonis Medina.

No. 4 hitter Kim Jae-hwan, who has been in a slump with a .133 batting average in six games in June, was left out of the lineup. Before the game, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Kim Jae-hwan is a hitter who hit more than 200 home runs in the KBO, so I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that he hit with power alone. Right now, his pace is off, but I think he will return to his old self as the season goes on,” he said, giving him a boost despite his recent slump.

Ryu Ji-hyuk, who was injured while sliding home against SSG in Gwangju the day before, was named to the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter. “It was a bruise,” said KIA manager Kim Jong-kook. It wasn’t a major injury, and he was only substituted because it was uncomfortable to move, but he is fine. He will start today as well.”
KIA’s table-setting streak continues, but Doosan only needs one hit from Kim Jae-hwan and Yang Ji-soo

Go Jong-wook hits a single against Doosan in Jamsil on Sept. 9. /Photo=KIA Tigers

Doosan’s Yang Ji-won rounds the bases after hitting a solo shot against KIA in Jamsil on June 9.
Although the Tigers are only 1-5 in June, KIA has been hot on offense, scoring 29 runs in six games. On this day, the tablesetters Ryu Ji-hyuk and Jong-wook opened up the batting battle from the start. Ryu Ji-hyuk led off the first inning with a triple to right-center field. Ko Jong-wook responded with an RBI double to right field.

From there, the starting pitchers for both teams cruised. Medina gave up a walk and a hit, but didn’t allow a run, while Doosan’s Kim Dong-joo extended his hitting streak to nine batters after giving up a run in the first inning.

It was a single by KIA’s Socrates that broke the pitching duel. Socrates led off the fourth inning with a double off the top of the right-center field wall at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on a six-pitch fastball from Kim Dong-joo. Video review showed it was not a home run. Choi Hyung-woo singled to left field, sending Socrates to third, and Kim Sun-bin drew a walk to put runners on first and third. Lee Woo-sung followed with a fly ball to right field to bring Socrates home.

Doosan’s batting order came through. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Medina gave up back-to-back singles to Hong Seong-ho, Heo Kyung-min, and Kim Jae-ho to load the bases. Manager Lee Seung-yeop then brought in Jang Seung-hyun, who lived up to his expectations as a pinch-hitter by hitting a two-run double to left-center field. The score was tied at 2-2.
First inning déjà vu for the KIA tablesetters, and the rest of the batters followed suit

KIA Socrates celebrates after hitting a double in the seventh inning against Doosan in Jamsil on Sept. 9.

KIA’s Lee Jun-young.
Kia’s table-setters answered back. In the top of the fifth inning, Ryu Ji-hyuk lined a single up the middle after a 10-pitch battle with Kim Dong-joo. The valuable hit came after four pitches were walked in the 2S1B. From there, Ko Jong-wook hit another double to left field, bringing in Ryu Ji-hyuk. Ryu Ji-hyeok raced home from first base to give KIA a 3-2 lead.

That was it for Kim Dong-joo. He was replaced at the plate by Baek Seung-woo, and Choi Hyung-woo singled to center field to bring home Ko Jong-wook, bringing Kim’s final line to 4⅔ innings, five hits, one walk, three strikeouts, and four runs. He threw 91 pitches and topped out at 148 kilometers per hour.

Medina didn’t make it past the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, with Kia leading 4-2, Yang walked on a Medina changeup and hit a solo shot to left field. It was his ninth home run of the season with a bat speed of 174.5 kilometers per hour and a distance of 109.9 meters. […] […]

Injury fighting spirit. Ryu Ji-hyeok (29)’s single-handed effort helped the KIA Tigers snap a two-game losing streak.스포츠토토 The Tigers defeated the Doosan Bears 7-3 in their regular-season opener of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Monday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. With the win, KIA, which snapped a three-game losing streak, improved…

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