Ring the bell for the big inning.
The Kia Tigers used bunt baseball to earn a valuable victory. Two exquisite bunts by Choi Won-jun and Kim Do-young helped the Tigers come from behind to win the big inning against the Samsung Lions at Pohang Baseball Stadium in Gyeongbuk on March 3. It was a scene that showed the direction of KIA Baseball in the upcoming fierce competition.
Socrates Brito’s RBI single in the first inning gave the team a 1-0 lead, but starter Lee Yi-ri was shaky and gave up four runs in the first inning, foreshadowing a difficult game. However, as Lee settled down and stopped the bleeding, the team chipped away at the deficit one run at a time and pulled within 3-4. As their cohesion became stronger, they were ready to turn the tables when the opportunity came.
In the top of the sixth, the opportunity finally came. Park Chan-ho, the leadoff hitter, doubled to left field. It was a bunt, and a hard hit would be fine as it would go up the middle. Leadoff hitter Choi Won-jun bunted on the first pitch. The ball traveled toward third base, but third baseman Kang Kang-ul made a bad throw to first base in his haste.
Like a safety bunt, the speed and direction of the bunt were exquisite, and Choi’s quick feet caused the opposing third baseman to make an error. The tying run immediately scored, setting the stage for the big inning. With the bases loaded, Kim Do-young once again tried to pull off a deadly surprise bunt. She bunted on Won Tae-in’s first pitch.
Won Tae-in leaped to catch the ball and quickly threw to first base. Won was called out. However, video review showed that Kim’s foot touched the base first. This led to runners on first and third, and Won Tae-in was removed from the mound. In the next at-bat, Na Sung-beom singled, Choi Hyung-woo doubled, Kim Sun-bin singled, Ko Jong-wook sacrificed and Kim Tae-gun singled to score six runs.
A 9-4 run turned the game around and eventually gave KIA a 12-8 victory. Won Tae-in pitched well through the fifth inning with three runs, but gave up three runs (two earned) in the sixth to take the loss. Lee, who received strong support from the bats, pitched five innings of four-run ball to earn his ninth win of the season. He left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but the bullpen held him in check. Athletics’ bunt baseball was the difference in the series.메이저사이트
Choi Won-jun and Kim Do-young’s bunts were the key triggers that caught the opponents off guard and turned the tide. These hitters are fast enough to be able to bunt. When you create this awareness, the opposing infielders will take an extra step forward in defense. This can give you an advantage at the plate.
What’s more, Kim Do-young, Choi Won-joon, and now Park Chan-ho have been hitting well lately for the KIA Athletics. In their last 10 games, Choi Won-jun is 3-for-3, Park Chan-ho is 3-for-5, and Kim Do-young is 3-for-7. If they can get on base with a bunt, they can be a problem for opponents. They are the bellwether for big innings.