‘Youngest 30-homer hitter in 20 years’ Kim Tae-gyun in 2003, Noh Si-hwan in 2023… Hanwha’s right-handed batting lineage continues

It’s been 20 years since the 31-homer Kim Tae-gyun in 2003, and a younger home run hitter has been born. Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan, who became the 30-homer hitter, rounds the bases after clearing the Jamsil Stadium fence. The sixth player in the history of the KBO League under the age of 23.

Jamsil Stadium on the 2nd. Hanwha had lost eight games in a row after a 10-0 drubbing by LG the day before. Needing to end the losing streak, young home run hitter Noh Si-hwan’s bat was on fire.

In the bottom of the first inning, Noh, who batted third, faced LG starter Kim Yun-sik. After watching a 144-kilometer fastball in the first inning, he swung at a 143-kilometer fastball in the second inning.

The ball hit the center of the bat and directly hit the outfield fence of Jamsil Stadium, the widest in Korea. After the ball hit the fence, Noh ran to second base and performed a ceremony in the dugout to keep his spirits up.

After warming up with a long hit in his first at-bat, Noh set the record straight in his third at-bat. After watching a slider in the first at-bat against reliever LG Yoo Young-chan, he swung at a 148-kilometer fastball in the second, just as he did in his first at-bat. He followed the same course, sending the ball to left-center field for a two-run shot that sailed over the fence. 30 home runs on the season, 120 meters of distance, 159 kilometers of bat speed, 27 degrees of launch angle.안전놀이터

Noh, who hadn’t hit a home run in seven games since his 29th homer against KT on March 19, became the first 30-homer hitter in two weeks.

His Hanwha teammates cheered him on as he became the first home run hitter under the age of 23 in 20 years since Kim Tae-gyun. After hitting his 30th home run, Noh smiled and posed for a picture with Lee Jin-young, who was holding a camera, as he entered the dugout.

Jang Jong-hoon 1991, Park Jae-hong 1996, Lee Seung-yup 1997-1999, and Kim Tae-kyun 2003. Noh is the first Hanwha Eagles player to hit 30 home runs under the age of 23 in 20 years.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Hanwha rallied with an RBI single by Lee Jin-young against LG closer Go Woo-seok. Reliever Park Sang-un struck out LG’s Moon Bo-kyung, Oh Ji-hwan, and Lee Jae-won in a triple play to end the eight-game losing streak.

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