Hanwha’s Lee Jin-young talks about how he saved his team from the worst of times. After allowing the tying run to score in the eighth inning, it looked like the losing streak would continue, but Lee Jin-young came through with the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.
Lee started in right field as the No. 2 hitter against Jamsil LG on the 2nd and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Hanwha, which led 3-0 through seven innings, was in trouble in the eighth when Jang Si-hwan hit a three-run homer off Park Hae-min to tie the game.
But in the top of the ninth, Lee Won-seok led off with a single to left and Choi Jae-hoon was hit by a pitch. Jung Eun-won drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Lee Jin-young took advantage of Go Woo-seok’s slider for a two-run double to left.
Lee’s single gave Hanwha the lead again at 5-3, and Park Sang-won came on in the bottom of the ninth to complete the victory. The win ended Hanwha’s eight-game losing streak, which began on March 19 against KT in Daejeon.
After the game, Lee spoke about his ninth-inning hit, saying, “Go Woo-seok’s fastball and changeup were so fast that I was preparing with the idea that I couldn’t hit it if my timing was late. I didn’t aim for a changeup. I was reacting to the fastball and unknowingly released one hand to hit it, and luckily it took a good course and became a hit,” he recalled.
“We were on a losing streak, but the fans have been coming every day and supporting us, so the players are giving their best every game. It’s been a long losing streak, so we’re going to try to get back on a winning streak and create a good atmosphere.”
Ricardo Sanchez, who pitched six scoreless innings, said, “We had a great preparation. My pitches were going where I wanted them to go today,” said Sanchez, who also thanked his catcher, Park Sang-yeon. “He knew what pitches I wanted to throw and led me with confidence. It’s a big help for a pitcher to have a catcher like that protecting home plate.” 토토사이트
He added, “Team victory is the most important thing, and being a winning pitcher is not something that a pitcher can do alone, but I am a competitive player, so I go to the mound with the idea of winning every game. With that mindset, I want to challenge for 10 wins in the rest of the season,” he said.
In closing, Sanchez said, “I’ve been saying this since I joined the team, but I love the Hanwha Eagles fan base. I feel like I’m at home with their support. I will continue to give 100% to repay their support.”