SSG Landers pitcher-turned-fielder Ha Jae-hoon (32), who holds the SSG Landers single-season record for most saves, activated his home run machine for the third straight game.
메이저놀이터Ha hit a three-run homer off Kiwoom starter Ian McKinney with runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning of a 3-2 home game against the Kiwoom Heroes at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Tuesday.
With the advantage of a two-ball count, he saw a 138-kilometer-per-hour fastball in the middle of the strike zone and swung hard.
The ball left a white trail in the Incheon night sky and traveled 115 meters before landing in the left-field bleachers.
It was Ha’s sixth home run of the season.
He joined the SK Wyverns (now SSG) in 2019 after playing for the Chicago Cubs and Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB), and was a backstop in his first season with a 5-3 record, 36 saves, and a 1.98 ERA.
However, after struggling with injuries, he switched to batting in 2022 and began to flourish.
Like the Korean version of Shohei Ohtani, Ha is showing off his talents on both sides of the plate.
He hit his fourth ground home run of the season and first of his career against the Jamsil Doosan Bears on the 26th, and then again against the Jamsil Doosan on the 27th.
Even though the game against the Incheon Kiwoom was canceled due to rain on the 29th, he kept his batting touch and activated the three-run home run gun on the same day.