Hanwha was unfortunately defeated 7-9 in the match against 스포츠토토SSG in Daejeon on the 8th. Starter Ricardo Sanchez collapsed with the least innings and most runs this season with 8 runs in 3 innings, but the batters did not give up until the end.
The score gap widened to 0-8, but SSG was pressed by 2 points in the 3rd inning, 1 point in the 5th inning, and 2 points in the 7th and 8th innings. Although he failed to direct a thrilling come-from-behind drama, it was quite different from his previous image, which was steeped in a sense of defeat.
Immediately after the game, the field staff set up a batting cage for batting practice. Kwang-Min Kwon, In-Hwan Kim, Sang-Eon Park, and Min-Joon Lee, as well as young batters excluded from the starting lineup, Tae-Yeon Kim, who went 5 at bats with 3 hits, 1 RBI, and 1 run, came to the ground with a bat. An official from the club said, “Kim Tae-yeon volunteered for special hitting training.”
The hitting coaches also came out to the ground to watch the players batting drills. The players sweated hard as they forgot about the night.
Hanwha, which was at the bottom for three consecutive years, was evaluated as the weakest team this season as well. However, it showed the rebellion of the last place, such as running 8 consecutive wins in 18 years as if showing off.
Looking back on the first half, coach Choi Won-ho said, “Compared to the team’s strength, I think we did better than expected. There is a sense of weight if there are many non-substitutable players in the starting lineup, but currently there are only two players, Noh Si-hwan and Chae Eun-seong. When you think about it, you did pretty well.”
He also showed a satisfactory response, saying, “Lee Jin-young, who I hadn’t thought of, is doing well, and Kim In-hwan, Kim Tae-yeon, and Moon Hyun-bin are doing well. Moon Hyun-bin is very good for a high school graduate rookie. Overall, the atmosphere of wanting to do it is ignited.”