Kiwoom Heroes’ Lee Jeong-hoo (25)’s rare defensive mistake received various reactions.
Lee Jung-hoo is one of the best stars in the KBO League in name and reality. Last season, he recorded a batting average of .349 (193 hits in 553 bats), 23 homers, 113 RBIs, and OPS .996 in 142 games, winning 5 batting crowns (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBIs, and most hits) and winning the league MVP.
Lee Jung-hoo, who is about to advance to the major leagues after the end of this season, is off to a bad start. In his first two games, he had a batting average of .101 (1-for-9) OPS of .311. In the opening game, there was a defensive mistake that is rarely made. 안전놀이터
Kiwoom had a tight match in the season opener against Hanwha on the 1st. They kept a close 2-1 lead until the 7th inning. In the 8th inning, starting with a one-point lead, reliever Won Jong-hyeon allowed lead hitter Noh Si-hwan to hit a big ball. However, left fielder Kim Tae-jin failed to properly catch the ball, and Roh Si-hwan advanced to third base. This play was recorded as Kim Tae-jin’s catch error.
However, Lee Jung-hoo also made an invisible mistake in this play. Lee Jung-hoo, who followed the batted ball with Kim Tae-jin, caught the ball instead of Kim Tae-jin, but was unable to throw the ball right away. Perhaps he did not think that Noh Si-hwan would run to third base, so he threw the ball straight to third base, not an infielder who could make relay plays. The throw slowly flew to third base, and in the meantime, Roh Si-hwan settled down at third base.