“If he had a big presence like (Yang) Eui-ji… ” Doosan’s 32-year-old infielder’s self-criticism, Lee Seung-yeop ‘I don’t blame him’ [MD Gwangju]

 “If he had a big presence like (Yang) Eui-ji, he wouldn’t have been replaced.”

Doosan’s leading hitter Yang Seok-hwan (32) made the above ‘self-criticism’. Seok-Hwan Yang was replaced by pinch hitter Yoo-Chan Lee at first base with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning when the team was down 6-7 against Samsung in Jamsil on the 8th. It was a ‘humiliation’ for Yang Seok-hwan, and a great ‘game move’ for coach Lee Seung-yeop.

Seok-Hwan Yang was in full swing that day with 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 1 run. Moreover, 안전놀이터if 2 points were needed instead of 1, Yang Seok-hwan, who has even more slugging power, had to be put at the plate to push Kim Tae-hoon out of the Samsung bullpen. However, coach Lee Seung-yeop thought that Lee Yu-chan, who was good at hitting sacrifice bunts, was the perfect fit. He thought that rather than trying to immediately turn the tables, he should first tie the game. At that time, first base runner Kim Jae-hwan was also removed and pinch runner Kim Tae-geun was put in.

As you know, Director Seung-yeop Lee’s choice was a huge success. Lee Yu-chan bunted well, and Kang Seung-ho hit a double hit with 1 RBI to tie the game. Following Park Jun-young’s automatic intentional throw, Park Gye-beom’s groundout to third base resulted in a walk-off error, and the team secured a come-from-behind victory, 8-7.

Doosan began an upward trend that day thanks to a great performance. Due to KIA’s rapid rise, they were in 6th place, with a considerable gap from 5th place, but starting with the win that day, they had 7 wins and 1 loss until the Gwangju KIA game on the 17th. In particular, it is Pajuk’s 6th consecutive win since the second game of the home double header against Samsung on the 9th.

They re-entered the top 5 by repeatedly defeating KIA, a party in contention for 4th and 5th places. Then SSG came down on its own and jumped to 4th place. It is not unreasonable to say that Manager Lee Seung-yeop’s replacement at the time, Yang Seok-hwan, was the starting point of the upward trend.

Moreover, despite the humiliation(?) of that day, Seok-Hwan Yang is performing very well in September. In 12 games, he has 17 hits in 46 at-bats, a batting average of 0.370, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, and 6 runs. SBS Sports commentator Lee Sun-cheol said that it was impressive to see Yang Seok-hwan coming close to the front of the plate and winning the game on the 15th. This is a strategy to form a hitting point further ahead before the breaking ball breaks.

On the 17th, against Gwangju KIA, the team had a blast with 3 hits and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats, including a wedge hit in the final. Doosan’s central batting line lost some weight as Kim Jae-hwan was removed from the lineup due to repeated poor performance, but thanks to Yang Seok-hwan, it was not noticeable.

It turned out that coach Lee Seung-yeop explained the reason for the replacement to Yang Seok-hwan that day, and Yang Seok-hwan agreed. Yang Seok-hwan said, “I don’t blame the director. He explained that he was sorry for coming in advance before pinch-hitting. “In that situation, he couldn’t force himself.” Of course, he laughed as a joke and said, “If I had a big presence like (Yang) Ui-hyung, I wouldn’t have been replaced.”

There was another self-criticism from Seok-Hwan Yang. One of the three hits on the day was a ball that hit the fence directly. It was so close that it didn’t become a home run. He said, “Rather than being sure, I thought I would pass on it because it wasn’t Jamsil, but I overestimated myself.”Anyway, Yang Seok-hwan’s recent pace is good. He said, “I am not good in scoring range (0.267) throughout the season, but I am happy to have an important hit in a chance. It’s a cycle. Now is the time to come up. There is no game that is not important, and it is good to win. “He seems to have become more confident.”

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