But the players couldn’t smile brightly. The same was true of Kim Hye-sung, who hit a triple in the top of the seventh inning that focused on scoring valuable additional runs for his team.
This is because Lee Jung-hoo, captain and key player of the team, was injured. Lee Jung-hoo sent an autograph to the bench after catching a heavy hit by leadoff hitter Kim Min-seok in the bottom of the eighth inning of Lotte’s offense.
A trainer came out of the dugout and went to Lee Jung-hoo to check his physical condition. Lee Jung-hoo was eventually replaced by Lim Byung-wook. The Heroes club said, “Lee Jung-hoo had pain in his left ankle during the defense process,” adding, “We replaced him to protect the player and are icing the area.”
Kim Hye-sung came out as the leadoff hitter in the top of the seventh inning with a 4-3 lead and hit a triple against Lotte’s third pitcher and left-hander Kim Jin-wook. He then came home on Lee Jung-hoo’s timely hit, and his team widened the score to 5-3.
He scored extra points when he needed it most. Kim Hye-sung said in a meeting with reporters who visited the scene after the game, “I knew that if I lost today, the team would have the most consecutive losses,” adding, “I really didn’t want to lose.”
Regarding his left-handed pitcher, he said, “This is often the case because (Lee) is placed in the front and back batting order,” adding, “I don’t cover my left and right hands, but I try not to pay much attention because I’m a left-handed pitcher.” “I’m trying to focus on each ball and focus on the center of the bat, regardless of the type of pitcher,” he explained. Kim Hye-sung was worried about his teammate Lee Jung-hoo. “I’m a little worried about (Lee) Jung-hoo’s injury,” he said. “I hope it’s not a serious injury and my condition is minor,” he added.
“It’s the first time this season that I’ve been in this losing streak and ranking (9th) since I joined the team, but I don’t think I’ve been pushed out of the mid-range competition yet,” he said. “I think there will be good results if I focus on every game.” I think we can make it to the top five. I’ll do my best,” he said.