A famous scene almost came out like a well-written script. However, baseball is not like a person’s heart.
Jamsil Stadium on the 9th. In the bottom of the 8th inning,메이저놀이터 the LG Twins and Samsung Lions faced each other 2-2.
In particular, it was a crossroads for Samsung, which was on the verge of losing three games in a row, and could collapse with four losses in a row.
LG got a chance to run 2nd and 3rd with a hit by Sungjoo Moon, a walk by Hyunsoo Kim, and a sacrifice bunt by Bokyung Moon. The next hitter Kim Min-seong’s infield floating ball made it 2nd.
Here, foreign hitter Austin came out as a pinch hitter. Austin is playing as a substitute due to heel pain (plantar fasciitis). However, Austin is the main character who led LG’s 3rd consecutive victory with a final blow in the bottom of the 9th the previous day.
The moment Kim Min-ho, third base coach, wanted to adjust the lead of second base runner Kim Hyeon-soo, Samsung pitcher Woo Kyu-min stepped in to check second base like a thunderbolt. Kim Hyeon-soo was caught in a pick-off play and had a hard time returning.
At this time, third base runner Moon Seong-ju started with home. However, due to the calm response of the Samsung infield, it was out at home.
Commentator Park Jae-hong was convinced that it was not a mistake, but an operation by the LG bench. It is a strategy that increases the lead of the second base runner to induce second base check and the third base runner digs into the home. He also added, “I’ve done it a lot in the modern (unicorns) days.” Director Yeom Kyung-yeop is a person who has attracted attention for his splendid tactical baseball while going through Nexen Heroes and SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers).
It was a ‘organized version’ that added the pinch hitter of a foreign batter who had hit the previous day to the overall situation like this. It’s worth leaving it to the batter, but that’s why it’s a situation where you can be more offended. However, third base runner Moon Seong-joo’s lead was too narrow, and the start was late, resulting in no action.
Commentators Park Jae-hong and Jeong Min-cheol said, “It’s a really ingenious card,” and “It’s amazing that they used this strategy with Austin as a substitute.” Unfortunately, however, the ‘drama-like famous scene’ failed.
Instead, another drama was born. At the end of the 10th inning, LG took a chance to finish with 1 out and 1st and 3rd base. Hyeonsu Kim, the leading hitter at bat. However, Kim Hyun-soo hit a ground ball on first base, and Park Hae-min, a runner on third base, was out at home. He showed exquisite sliding, but was far from being safe.
It was a situation where Samsung could breathe a sigh of relief. Here, Moon Bo-kyung’s bat turned fiercely. Another grounder hit that seemed to split 1st and 2nd base was blocked by first baseman Oh Jae-il with a wonderful diving catch.
However, the first base cover was delayed and the batter survived, and while the Samsung defense was messing around, third base runner Moon Seong-ju stepped home. It deserves to be called a ‘drama without a script’ in that it is a well-hit ball, great defense, and a situation close to an error, and that the runner who hit home here was ‘that’ Moon Seong-joo.