Choi Jeong-eun, the main third baseman of SSG Landers, played a significant role in the winning series that day.
Choi Jeong-eun started as a third baseman in the match against the Lotte Giants in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 21st, and the team won 6-3 with 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 RBI and 3 runs. led
On this day, Choi Jeong-eun fired a preemptive solo shot that raised the team atmosphere in a situation where there were no two runners in the first inning. Lotte starter Charlie Barnes and 3-ball 1 strike with an advantageous count hit a 131km changeup and exploded a left-handed solo shot. Season 8 home run.
The fence was definitely crossed, but I had to check whether it was a foul pair near the left pole. The first verdict was a foul. However, as it was confirmed that the batted ball was missing between the foul poles, the decision was corrected as a home run after video reading.
It is SSG that gained momentum after that. Even in the process of adding points in the 3rd inning, he continued his chances by hitting a left-handed hit at 1st base. Afterwards, Heredia’s timely hit, Choi Joo-hwan’s right-handed hit, and Oh Tae-gon’s sacrifice fly hit in succession to lead 4-0.
Even in the ninth inning, when they were being chased by 4-2, Choi Jeong-eun walked with one out and second base and stepped home when Heredia’s 2 RBI double hit. Choi Jeong-eun was both a solver and a link.
Even on defense, Choi Jeong-eun made a decisive decision to block the atmosphere of Lotte. At the end of the 6th inning, when he was chased 4-2, he prevented a run by choosing to throw home after catching Noh Jin-hyeok’s difficult grounder hit in a situation with 1st out, 1st and 3rd base. It was Choi Jeong who was playing forward defense, but Noh Jin-hyeok’s batted ball went toward the 3-claw. It was a difficult ball to catch as the bounce was relatively large.
At this time, Jeong-Choi turned around one lap and threw it home, putting out third base runner Dong-Hee Han. It was a choice that took Han Dong-hee’s main focus into consideration, and this judgment was right. SSG ended the inning in the 6th inning without any additional runs.
Choi Jeong-eun was humble after the game. “It feels good when the team wins,” he said. Today, I don’t seem to have much stake in the team’s victory, and it seems to have helped a little,” he said.
Regarding the home run situation, “I thought it was a home run as soon as I hit it in my first at-bat, but I think it was unclear whether it was a fair or a foul. Rather than aiming and hitting or something like that, it felt like the ball came at my timing and hit me to the point where I didn’t know if I was hitting a fastball or a changeup. It was a ball that could have been a foul, but fortunately the course was good, so I think it became a home run.”안전놀이터
He admitted that he has been on good pace lately. Recently, when standing at bat, I feel a little more stable,” he said. “If I maintain this feeling and practice hard, I think I can make it more perfect.”
Lastly, “It was a hot day, but the fans kept their seats until the end, so the players seemed to work hard. I ask for your support in the home game next week.”