KT Wiz Kim Sang-soo started at shortstop and batted first in the team’s 11th home game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Lotte Giants at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 21, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

It was a perfect performance after the previous day (Oct. 20). Kim Sang-soo was not in the starting lineup due to a recent sore throat 메이저사이트. However, he returned to the starting lineup after going 1-for-2 as a pinch-hitter the day before, and played the role of table-setter to perfection with a three-hit performance in the team’s 8-2 win.

Kim started off the game by striking out Lotte starter Na Gyun-an in his first at-bat. However, in the bottom of the inning, trailing 0-1, he managed to get a hit in his second at-bat with the bases loaded to put his team in scoring position. KT took advantage of the opportunity created by Kim Sang-soo’s hit to score two runs and take the lead in the game.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kim Sang-soo completed his ‘multi-hit’ game with a hit in his third at-bat, reaching third on a single by Kim Min-hyuk and scoring his second run of the day on an infield single by Anthony Alford. In the sixth inning, he produced his third hit of the game against reliever Jin Seung-hyun and scored on Jang Jang-woo’s RBI single to cap off a three-hit, three-run game.

Speaking to the media after the game, Kim Sang-soo said, “I’ve improved a lot, so I prepared for the second half of yesterday’s game, and it turned out well,” adding, “Our big brothers are a little older. We have a lot of seniors, so there aren’t many players who can replace them once they are out, so I was feeling sorry for them, but I told the coach that I could play yesterday because I felt much better.”

With this performance, Kim completed his three-for-three batting average this season. The small changes he’s made recently are paying off with his hot hitting. “I took a break, but I felt something. It’s not a bad feeling to build on that. When I’m good, I always have a lot of power in my back leg, but that part is working well now,” he explained, “and I’m getting a lot of pushing hits.”

“I don’t think the numbers like batting average are that important. Since the team is far apart, I tend to think a lot about getting on base so that I can move up somehow. I think the coach knows that, which is why he puts me in the top of the batting order. I think if I can get on base, there are a lot of different ways to score runs,” he added.

Born in 1990, Kim Sang-soo is 33 years old, and despite his age, he is the youngest member of KT’s infield. He is supported by Park Byung-ho at first base, Park Kyung-soo at second base, and Hwang Jae-gyun at third base. Because of this, manager Lee Kang-cheol often jokingly says that Kim Sang-soo should play harder because he is the youngest.

Kim Sang-soo laughed and said, “It’s something I hear all the time,” and added, “I became the youngest today when (Park) Kyung-soo came out. I’ve been 토토 가입머니 a free agent twice, but I’m the youngest. I’m thinking a lot about trying to do as much as I can because I’m young. My older brothers are joking with me, saying, ‘You’re the youngest, you should do more.’ I realize that I’m the youngest and I’m working hard,” he said.

Kim Sang-soo, who regained his shortstop position after moving to KT and is doing well in baseball, said, “Baseball is fun. I feel like baseball is becoming what I thought it would be, so I feel good, and it’s been a long time. When I came to KT, I wanted to erase the word ‘aging curve.’ I wanted to show that I can do more even though I’m still young, and I’m glad that I seem to be doing well so far.” He emphasized, “There is a lot of season left, and I will show good form until the end.”

At this rate, Kim could win the Golden Glove for shortstop. He said, “Of course, I’m not greedy. But there are so many good shortstops. The Golden Glove is something that comes with playing a lot of games and performing well. I will try to play as many games as I can without getting sick.”

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