Is it a signal to escape from the ‘9 consecutive losses’? KT’s backup catcher Kim Joon-tae kicked off the game with a two-run home run. As the will of the players is stronger than ever, attention is focused on whether KT will be able to succeed in ‘breaking the losing streak’.
Kim Jun-tae started as안전놀이터 the designated hitter in the 2023 KBO League match against SSG held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd and hit a two-run home run in the first inning when the team led 1-0. With this home run, KT took a 3-0 lead from the first inning.
Thanks to Kim Jun-tae’s home run, KT scored 3 runs in the first inning only. Hong Hyun-bin went on base with a hit and became first base with one out, and foreign batter Anthony Alford’s timely double hit Hong Hyun-bin hit home and took a 1-0 lead.
Later, while Seong-Woo Jang withdrew due to a floating ball from second baseman, Joon-Tae Kim, who was at bat with 2nd out and 3rd base, hit SSG starting pitcher Seung-Won Moon’s 146 km fastball and passed it over the right wall. It was his first home run of the season after 20 games.
With KT leading 3-0, starting pitcher Wes Benjamin allowed SSG catcher Cho Hyeong-woo a two-run home run at the end of the second inning, making it 3-2. At the beginning of the 3rd inning, Alford, KT’s leading hitter, hit the fence while defending Cho Hyung-woo’s home run and suffered knee pain, so he was replaced with Kim Min-hyeok to protect the player.
And in the beginning of the 3rd inning, Kim Min-hyeok’s hit and Park Kyung-soo’s timely double hit KT ran away with one point. With the bottom of the third inning underway, KT leads 4-2.