Lee Bum-ho chases record for longest home run, injures dune, visits manager Lee

“I heard the news of Choi Jung’s injury right after the match. We are very sad and apologize.”

The KIA Tigers won 11-3 against the SSG Landers in the 2024 Shinhan Bank SOL Bank KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday.

The Kia bats pounded the SSG mound from the start of the game. Choi Hyung-woo went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to become the second player in KBO history to reach 4,000 career hits, while Kim Sun-bin hit his second home run of the season, marking the first time he has homered in back-to-back games since making his KBO debut. Kim Do-young hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the season, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, two home runs, five RBIs, four runs scored, one walk and one stolen base. He has been hot at the plate with a home run in three straight games.

Starter Will Crowe earned his fourth win of the season with five innings of three-hit, one-run ball, one walk and three strikeouts. However, he felt tightness in his forearm muscle and was pulled after just 78 pitches to protect the player. The bullpen of Kwak Do-gyu (1 run in ⅔ innings), Park Jun-pyo (1 run in 1⅓ innings), Lee Jun-young (1 run in 1 inning), and Kim Sa-yoon (1 run in 1 inning) preserved the win.

Manager Lee Bum-ho said in his postgame interview, “It’s a big win for us that we didn’t have to use the bullpen as the offense was active from the beginning of the game. Crowe was unable to pitch long innings due to muscle tightness, but he still did his part by throwing five scoreless innings. The bats came alive early in the game. Park Chan-ho, who made his first start in a long time, made the most of his opportunities, and Kim Do-young and Choi Hyung-woo were very good in the middle of the order. Congratulations to Choi Hyung-woo on becoming the second player in history to reach 4,000 runs. We were able to win the game because all the players played well. Thank you to everyone for their hard work, and thank you to the away fans for their support,” said Choi after the victory.

In the game, SSG’s Choi, who has 467 career home runs, attempted to break the KBO’s all-time home run record (468). However, in the bottom of the first inning, Choi 먹튀검증 was hit in the side by Crowe’s 150-kilometer-per-hour fastball in the second inning and had to be replaced. SSG said, “Choi was examined and was diagnosed with a microfracture of his left rib. He will undergo further medical examination tomorrow for an accurate diagnosis.” SSG revealed Choi’s physical condition.

Coach Lee Bum-ho said, “I heard the news of Choi’s injury right after the game. I am very sorry and apologize for his injury. I wish him a speedy recovery,” and wished Choi a speedy recovery. Lee Bum-ho also visited the SSG dugout immediately after the game and apologized to coach Lee Sung-yong. Crowe, who also bowed his head towards Choi and the SSG dugout after the game, said, “I’m really sorry. It wasn’t my intention. I knew what kind of record Choi was trying to break. I’m also sorry to the fans who came to see Choi Jung,” he apologized again.

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