KIA Tigers’ first sweep win. 메이저놀이터At the beginning and the end, there was Choi Hyung-woo (40), the ‘unresolved solver’.
Choi Hyung-woo started as the designated hitter in the last game of the weekend 3-game series against Samsung held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 23rd, and led the team to a 5-3 victory with a cycling hit that missed a triple. In the bottom of the 7th inning, against Oh Seung-hwan, he scored a perfect score with 3 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, including a wedge home run that ran away to 5-3.
Choi Hyung-woo thrilled home fans who filled Champions Field with a come-from-behind 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning against Samsung in Gwangju on the 21st, the first game of a three-game series. Then, on the last day of the weekend’s three-game series against Samsung held at Champions Field in Gwangju on the 23rd, he led the sweep with a tie in the first inning and a net in the seventh.
After the game, Choi Hyung-woo emphasized his peace of mind, saying, “There is no particular change, and we are preparing as usual. Rather than worrying about records in each game, we are focusing more on helping the team win.”
A great record achieved against Samsung. In the midst of his big success, he won a sweep loss and 4 consecutive losses in his parents’ home.
Choi Hyeong-woo said, “It feels strange to achieve a record against my own team. I started my professional career at Samsung and have come this far, and I think I was able to achieve the current record because I have been doing well since Samsung. Kang Min-ho, Lee Won-seok, and Oh Jae-il. I want to say thank you for congratulating me.”
Choi Hyung-woo recorded his 465th double in his personal career with a double at the right time in his first at-bat, setting a new record for the most doubles in his career, surpassing the record (464) held by Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop. On this day, the wedge four was a celebration of his team’s first three wins in a row and his new record.
Choi Hyung-woo, who recorded his 1472nd RBI by adding 2 RBIs that day, chased the 1498 RBIs of coach Lee Seung-yeop, who ranked 1st in his career, by 26 RBIs. If there are no injuries, overtaking is expected within the first half.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk mentioned Choi Hyung-woo and Byeon Woo-hyuk before the game, saying, “I want the center hitter to solve only one important moment out of many chances.” On the last day of the three-game series, Choi Hyeong-woo saved the team in crisis by playing the role of a ‘steamy’ solver in the most important moments.
Choi Hyeong-woo said, “I have the most RBIs ahead, but I try not to think about it. As I said before, if I focus more on the team winning, I think the record will follow naturally.”