LG lost 1-2 against SSG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Tuesday.
LG’s Heo Do-hwan started the game against SSG as the catcher and No. 8 hitter.
In his first at-bat, Heo led off the third inning with a single and was retired on a grounder to shortstop. But in the top of the sixth inning, trailing 0-1, he pulled a 148-kilometer four-seam fastball from SSG starter Elias for a solo home run over the left field fence.
It was Heo’s first home run of the season and the 12th of his career. It was Heo’s first home run in 451 days since May 26 of last year against Kiwoom in Jamsil.
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop in the dugout pumped his fist in the air in celebration. After high-fiving Ko Ji-chin, Heo Do-hwan approached his teammates but paused for a moment.
His teammates were celebrating with a shoulder-to-shoulder gesture, minus him. The veteran catcher was momentarily confused. 스포츠토토
He was performing a ritual of indifference to his first home run of the season. After a few moments, Austin was the first to reach out to him and give him a hug, and the rest of his teammates congratulated him on his first home run of the season, celebrating as much as he did.
In addition to his offense, Heo also showed good defense. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, Choi Joo-hwan’s fly perfectly blocked Cho Hyung-woo’s rush to third base to keep the game scoreless.
Meanwhile, LG, which recorded the winning series in the three-game series against SSG, will start Lee Jung-yong against Lotte in Jamsil on the 23rd, while Lotte will start Wilkerson.