“Today, it was all about getting the timing right and being proactive.”
The key to the KT Wiz’s victory was “proactivity,” as Oh Yoon-seok came in as a pinch-hitter and delivered three hits.
Oh came to bat for leadoff hitter Lee Ho-yeon in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied 2-2 in the 2023 KBO Baseball League away game against the NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park on Aug. 28.
Even though he was pinch-hitting and struggling to stay hot, Oh was unflappable. He took a three-pitch, 147-kilometer fastball from left-handed reliever Kim Young-kyu for a double to left-center field. He then moved to third on Anthony Alford’s single to left and came home on a throwing error by the pitcher on Kim Min-hyuk’s grounder.
This set the stage for the big inning. With momentum on their side, KT scored a total of five runs in the inning to take the lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, Oh Yoon-seok continued to swing the bat wildly. He took advantage of a 145-kilometer fastball from NC right-hander Chae Ji-seon and smashed a double to left-center field. He then scored his second run of the day on Alford’s RBI single up the middle.
In the top of the ninth, Oh doubled off left-handed reliever Ha Jun-young and came around to score on an RBI single by Bae Jae-dae to end the game with a hit and an RBI. He finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. With Oh’s performance, KT defeated NC 10-2 to improve their record to 42 wins, 2 draws, and 43 losses, putting them on the verge of restoring their 5-percent winning percentage.
After the game, Oh Yoon-seok said, “When I came in as a pinch hitter, I was only thinking about what the opposing pitcher was going to throw. I was in a bad count, and I thought it was going to come back to bite me. I thought it was an out at first, but it was a good pitch, so I was lucky,” he said with a bright smile.
“I don’t have a bad feeling in training these days, so I thought, ‘Let’s just make sure the timing is right.’ When I was trying to hit well at the plate, I was trying to look at the ball too much, so I was fooling a lot of changeups and being passive. So today, it was important for me to get my timing right and be proactive in my preparation,” she added.카지노사이트
Oh Yoon-seok, who began his professional career in 2014 when he joined the Lotte Giants as a rookie, is a utility infielder for the Utuuta. He has been with KT since the 2021 season and hit .246 with 16 home runs and 109 RBIs in 390 career games through last year.
This season, he hasn’t been a regular starter, but he’s done a good job of filling in, batting .270 (20-for-74) with one home run and four RBIs in 33 games (29 games played). If Oh continues to perform well, KT’s upward trend will continue.