Infielder Lee Jae-hyun, who is responsible for the present and future of the Samsung Lions, showed his presence through outstanding performances in the offense and defense.
Samsung won 6-3 in Game 11 of the 꽁머니사이트 season against LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 5th and secured a winning series regardless of the match result on the 6th. Lee Jae-hyun, who started as the 8th hitter and shortstop that day, recorded 2 hits (1 home run) and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats.
In fact, Lee Jae-hyun left a strong impression on defense before the home run. In the top of the 4th inning, Lee Jae-hyun, who participated in the relay play when Moon Bo-gyeong hit a double from first base safely, received a throw from center fielder Kim Hyeon-joon and delivered the ball to catcher Kang Min-ho with an accurate throw, catching first base runner Oh Ji-hwan from home. LG lost its chance to regain the lead.
Good defense followed by good offense. Lee Jae-hyun pulled an 8-pitch changeup against LG starter Choi Won-tae in the bottom of the 4th inning, where the score was tight 3-3, and fired a left-handed solo shot, giving the team the lead.
The season 8 home run was more meaningful to Lee Jae-hyun than ever. Lee Jae-hyun, who was silent throughout the second half, tasted his hand 39 days after the Busan Lotte Giants match on June 27th. He also broke the record for the most home runs in a season, surpassing last year (7). It was also the final match of the match.
After the game, coach Park Jin-man also praised Lee Jae-hyun’s play, saying, “The young fielders made multi-hits and the game was easy to solve, and it was especially good that Lee Jae-hyun turned the tide of the game by showing a wonderful home relay play in the defense in the top of the 4th inning.” did.
After the game, Lee Jae-hyun said, “I’m not a player who hits 20 home runs, and I’m in my second season now. It was better to hit a home run when it was important rather than the personal record for most home runs in a season.”
Then, he said, “I never thought of a home run, and since it’s two strikes without a specific pitch, I seem to have lost some of my strength with the thought of hitting lightly when something similar came.” I saw.
There was also advice from senior Ryu Ji-hyeok. Lee Jae-hyun said, “Because I try to hit too hard during the match against the KIA Tigers in Pohang during the week, I said that there are more movements from the back (before the swing). I told them to hit it lightly with the thought of eliminating the movement that comes out.”
Lee Jae-hyun, who is keeping an axis in the infield despite the hot weather, said, “I don’t feel that it’s very difficult, I try to drink a lot of water while living a regular life. I don’t have an appetite, but I force myself to eat a lot and keep my weight down.” said.
His hitting is also a blow, but Lee Jae-hyun, who mentioned ‘playing in 100 shortstop games’ ahead of his season, is likely to achieve his goal. He said, “Rather than adjusting my goal, I have not missed a game so far, so I think I have a strong desire to play in all the remaining games as long as I am not sick and seriously injured.”