‘Retake first place in batting’ LG Hong Chang-ki “I will try my best”
The bat of Hong Chang-gi (29), the leader of the LG Twins, is getting hotter toward the end of the season.
Hong Chang-gi played a big role in the SSG Landers match held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 16th with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs, leading the team to a 10-4 victory.
In the first inning, the leadoff hitter got on base, succeeded in stealing his 20th base of the season, and reached home. In the fifth inning, he called Park Hae-min home with a timely hit with two outs and two on second base.
And in the 6th inning, which allowed the score to go back to 3-4, he hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs for the final game.
After the game, Hong Chang-gi said, “I go in thinking that I will solve the problem when the opportunity comes. It’s thanks to the fact that the 7th, 8th, and 9th batting order created many opportunities.”
Hong Chang-ki’s batting pace dropped briefly at the end of last month, but he has been hitting hard with a batting average of 0.478 since September.메이저놀이터
With this day’s game, his season batting average rose to 0.340, surpassing Son Ah-seop (NC Dinos, 0.339) and regaining first place in the league batting average.
Hong Chang-gi said, “I’m not really thinking about becoming the batting king, but since I don’t know what will happen until the end, I’ll give it a try.”
He continued by saying, “When I met senior Park Yong-taek, he jokingly said, ‘Do it when you can.’ It’s something I have to do well.”
Currently, Hong Chang-gi ranks first in three batting categories, including batting average, runs scored (99 points), and on-base percentage (0.454).
Although he may not be able to win the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, his performance is worthy of being mentioned as a candidate.
Hong Chang-gi said, “(Roh) Si-hwan hits really well, and (Eric) Peddy throws really well, so I don’t even think about it. Home runs, RBIs, and being a starting pitcher have a big impact.”
However, he said, “(If I hit 200 hits in the season), I think we can compare then.”
With this win, league leader LG widened the gap with second-place KT Wiz to six games and advanced toward a direct ticket to the Korean Series.
Hong Chang-gi expressed his gratitude, saying, “The team atmosphere is really good. The older guys are really good at supporting me. All the juniors have to do is follow along.”