Kiwoom Heroes’ Lee Ju-hyung hits a come-from-behind three-run homer to give his team the win. Lee Ju-hyung smells like superstar Lee Jung-hoo.
Lee Ju-hyung batted seventh in the lineup against the Lotte Giants of the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome on April 18 and went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and a walk.
He really came through in his final at-bat. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth inning and his team trailing 2-4, Lee blasted a 147-kilometer-per-hour fastball from Lotte’s Han Hyun-hee for a grand slam.
Kiwoom took a 5-4 victory thanks to a come-from-behind home run by Lee Ju-hyung. It was Lee’s first game-winning hit since joining Kiwoom.
After the game, Lee said, “It’s nice to play the biggest role in the team’s victory in a crucial situation. I felt bad because I bumped into Lee Hak-joo during the game, and I couldn’t smile. I tried to think about this after the game, and I focused on the situation at the plate.” “I was trying to hit with the point in front of me, but the ball I was aiming for came. I tried to hit it with the point in front of me, but it went just over the fence,” he said, recalling the circumstances of his home run.
Lee joined Kiwoom via trade on the 29th of last month. With a guaranteed opportunity, Lee quickly integrated into the team and lived up to expectations. He is now the starting outfielder for the young Kiwoom.
“The team doesn’t take me out in the middle of the game,” says Lee. So even if I don’t hit in one at-bat, it doesn’t mean anything. The coaches don’t mind either and tell me to keep doing what I’m doing, so I think it’s paying off.”
Lee Ju-hyung collided hard with Lee Hak-joo during the second inning, and Lee Hak-joo was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the collision.
Lee said, “At first, I thought it was a hit, so I ran for home. But Lee Hak-joo caught the ball and I tried to dodge and we collided. I couldn’t control my speed,” he said. “He was lying there after the collision and didn’t move, so I kept worrying that something was wrong. I’ll be more careful next time. I want to say I’m sorry.”
Lee Joo-hyung, whose stock is rising every day in Kiwoom, is being 스포츠토토 evaluated as a ‘post Lee Jung-hoo’. He has a similar right-handed bat, quick feet, and body type. However, Lee’s ankle surgery before his arrival at Kiwoom prevented them from meeting.
Lee said, “I think I have similarities with Jung-hoo Lee. I don’t know when I’ll be able to meet him, but when I do, I want to ask him a lot of questions. I want to learn his mindset, routine, and practice methods. Right now, (Ronnie) Dawson and (Kim) Hye-sung are learning a lot from him.