The Hanwha Eagles broke a three-game losing streak. However, it was almost caught again due to the inexperienced defense that came out to the match.  

On the 11th, Hanwha won 5-4 in the first leg of a three-week series against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 KBO League regular season held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field. At the beginning of the 8th inning, when the score was tied 3-3, with no runners out, Kim In-hwan hit a go-ahead home run. They tied the score in the ninth, but won again by running away with one point from the attack in the top of the 10th. However, at the most important point, one after another, concentration was shaken.  

Hanwha led 2-0 until the beginning of the 6th inning. 안전놀이터In the attack at the beginning of the second inning, Kim Tae-yeon pulled a double against KIA ace Yang Hyeon-jong, and then scored the first point with a true base and a sacrifice fly. Starting pitcher Nam Ji-min pitched scoreless until the 5th inning. In the top of the 6th inning, 4th hitter Chae Eun-seong hit a solo home run after one out.  

Hanwha was shaken in the bottom of the 6th inning when veteran bullpen pitcher Jung Woo-ram took the mound. Jung Woo-ram gave consecutive hits to Lee Chang-jin and Ryu Ji-hyuk in a situation where there was no runner in the first company.  

Jung Woo-ram made a not-so-bad situation in the match against slugger Socrates Brito. He stole the swing timing with a breaking ball (changeup) and induced a ground ball in front of the first baseman.  

The problem is the following situation. First baseman Kim Tae-yeon caught the runner on first base with a throw to second base. After catching the ball, Hanwha shortstop Park Jeong-hyeon stepped on second base, drove runner Lee Chang-jin to third base, and threw to third baseman Roh Si-hwan to create a rundown situation.  

However, at this time, Hanwha catcher Park Sang-eon entered third base cover late. Park Jung-hyun, who received the ball from third baseman Noh Si-hwan near second base, tried to tag the runner heading to third base himself after grasping the situation. However, he failed to catch up and tossed to Park Sang-eon, who belatedly reached third base. The tag was made in a close match, but the third base judge made the first safe decision. Even after video reading, the results did not change.  

Many problems emerged in a short time. Once the batted ball came out, pitcher Jung Woo-ram was late in covering first base. Jeong Seok had a double play of 3 (first baseman) – 6 (shortstop) – 1 (pitcher), but Jung Woo-ram Jung headed to first base one beat later, so Park Jung-hyun, who caught first baseman Tae-yeon Kim’s throw from second base, thought he had to catch the runner on third base. seems to have done  

Noh Si-hwan also chased Lee Chang-jin, who was caught in a rundown, for too long. If the catcher’s third base cover couldn’t be done right away, he should have thrown the ball to Park Jung-hyun and exchanged the ball once more. Third base was empty because Noh Si-hwan ran to the vicinity of second base without looking back. Of course, the standard is for Park Sang-eon to curve to third base faster.  

Park Jung-hyun’s toss to Park Sang-eon, who arrived at third base belatedly, was also high. If the tag had to be made he should have thrown low. Park Sang-eon had to pull his mitt down to the ground after receiving the ball at his head level.  

In the ensuing situation, Hanwha pitcher Han Seung-joo, who had changed, hit a come-from-behind three-run homer from Hwang Dae-in.  

Hanwha won. In the 7th attack that followed, Park Jung-hyun hit a double to make up for a defensive mistake, and Lee Won-seok hit a timely hit to tie the game. Kim In-hwan, who had been silent, hit the final home run after two outs in the 8th inning. He gave up the tie in the ninth, but took a 5–4 lead again in the 10th. He broke a 3-game losing streak and won his 2nd win (6th loss) of the season.  

However, it was thanks to the opponent’s bullpen hunting. Again, the back of the mind and concentration were shaken. In this game (against KIA on the 11th), Hwang Dae-in hit a 3-run home run, which actually turned the mood around. It’s hard to score runs with two hits late in the game. The same is true for giving up a tie and then reversing. It is desirable to play baseball that is protected with solid basics and defensive power. It was not a sweet victory. 

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