“Seonjin’s feet are more savage than defense”

 Lotte Giants’ Noh Jin-hyeok led the team to victory with a cool home run after the ‘savage scene’.

In the 2023 Shinhan Bank스포츠토토 SOL KBO League away game against Hanwha held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 16th, Lotte won 3-1 at the end of the 10th inning and achieved 3 consecutive victories. Noh Jin-hyeok, who started as a shortstop and 6th hitter that day, recorded 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run, including a final home run.

At the beginning of the 10th inning, when the score was tied 1-1, Ahn Chi-hong hit a right-handed hit, and Hanwha Kang Jae-min’s fastball passed over the right fence. Noh Jin-hyeok’s season 2 gun. After the game, Noh Jin-hyeok said, “I was confident until I was driven to the second strike, but after I was driven, my goal was to send Chihong to second base somehow. I looked back. 

Regarding the fact that he continues to show a strong appearance in the clutch situation, he said, “There is no secret. I have a strong mindset to put my mind at ease and team batting. It seems that I am getting better results every time I do that.”

In fact, before going into overtime, Lotte, who was holding a 1-0 lead, had a chance to run away. In the top of the ninth inning, Hanwha pitched Park Sang-won. With 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base, Rex walked out with an automatic intentional 4th pitch and took a chance to load the bases. And Han Dong-hee at bat. 

Han Dong-hee hit Park Sang-won’s 5-pitch slider, and the ball hit the pitcher’s glove and flowed toward the shortstop. It was a ball that would not be easy to handle because the direction or bound of the ball was ambiguous, but shortstop Oh Seon-jin caught Dong-hee Han with a smooth catch and throw. If Han Dong-hee lived at first base, he could have scored, but the inning ended without a score change.

Oh Seon-jin and Noh Jin-hyuk are the same age, born in 1989. Both players changed their uniforms through FA ahead of this season. Noh Jin-hyeok said, “I’ve been friends with Sun-jin since elementary school. We used to go home together when we were kids, and it’s nice to see Sun-jin doing well.” When he said, “Still, I think the defense in the 9th inning was savage,” Noh Jin-hyeok laughed, “I think Sunjin’s defense was more savage than Dong-hee’s feet.”

That’s why Noh Jin-hyeok’s one shot was more valuable. With Noh Jin-hyeok’s home run, Lotte shook off the regret of the advance and took the victory, and with this victory, Lotte rose to first place again. So far, May’s record is 9 wins, 6 wins and 3 losses. Noh Jin-hyeok said, “Even though the overall batting average is low, there is a strong sense of unity in the scoring range. Also, I think the biggest part is that the starters in May are throwing well,” he said about the secret of Lotte’s continued ‘win-win’.

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