Koo Ja-wook Found a Rebound Solution with Advice
While several players have challenged the batting champion competition, Koo Ja-wook (Samsung Lions), who still hasn’t left the lineup, is heating up again.
Samsung won 11-1 in the final game of the regular season against the LG Twins of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 28th, marking 55 wins, 1 draw and 75 losses (0.423).
On the mound, starting pitcher Choi Chae-heung reported his first win of the season with a salty pitching that allowed only one run in six innings, but the batters’ even performance was remarkable in the batting line. He relieved pitchers of the burden by achieving a hit for all the starters for the first time since the opening of the regular season.
Foreign hitter Jose Pirella made the most three hits in the team, and Ryu Ji-hyuk and Lee Sung-kyu hit hard with two hits in five at-bats. On top of that, main outfielder Koo Ja-wook also showed his presence by scoring two hits, two RBIs and one run in three at-bats.
In particular, it was encouraging that the hit led to an RBI. Koo Ja-wook brought in third baseman Kim Hyun-joon with a right-handed hit in the top of the first inning with no outs and a 1-0 lead, and added to the team’s big innings by hitting a left-handed hit against Son Joo-young in the top of the fourth inning with two outs and runners on first and second bases. Koo Ja-wook ended the game early as he was replaced by Yoon Jung-bin in the bottom of the fourth inning. 스포츠토토
Koo Ja-wook, who gradually increased his batting sense over time, boasted a good batting sense in the second half. Last month, he recorded 35 hits in 85 at-bats in 22 games, a batting average of 0.412 with four home runs and 19 RBIs, making the competition for the batting champion hotter.
Koo Ja-wook seemed to falter at the beginning of this month, but he only took a breath for a while. He miraculously produced hits again in an away game against Doosan on the 10th, and continued his hit streak in seven consecutive games from the game against Lotte in Daegu on the 17th to the game on the day. In terms of performance in the last 10 games alone, he has regained his good August appearance with 16 hits in 37 at-bats and a batting average of 0.4323 RBIs.
It is the player himself who wanted to maintain the pace more than anyone else. After the game, Koo Ja-wook said, “I kept talking to Tachibana’s hitting coach as there were no hits recently,” adding, “The coach asked me not to try to hit too accurately, so I practiced swinging big from practice.”
Koo Ja-wook, who regained his confidence thanks to coach Tachibana, who gave advice not only to the first team but also to the players in the second team, smiled, saying, “I think trying to play actively in the game as I practiced led to a good result.”
The remaining games are 13 games. Although there was some difference from Son Ah-seop (NC, 0.347), the competition is still valid. What kind of result will Koo Ja-wook, who wants to make a last-minute spurt, make.