“It’s like a dream”.
KIA Tigers outfielder Lee Woo-seong (28) played the game of his life after the trade. The NC Dinos match held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 16th could not have been won without Lee Woo-sung’s performance. At the end of the 8th inning, where the score was 11-9, with 2 outs on 1st and 3rd base, Lim Jeong-ho hit a fastball and hit 3 runs in the left middle wall.안전놀이터
It seemed that the chance was flying by changing from 2nd and 3rd base to 2nd and 1st and 3rd base, but it was a shot that led to a reversal to 12-11 at once. It was a decisive blow that immediately corrected the twisted game, such as Eui-ri Lee’s inability to keep a 5-0 lead and 7 runs, Chan-ho Park’s error and allowing a replay, Beom-soo Shin’s defense interference due to a three-pit violation, and the bullpen pitcher’s run. .
Right after he was turned 5-8, he hit a timely hit in the pursuit of a counterattack at the end of the 4th inning, missing the 3rd interval from 1st and 2nd base with 2nd out. On this day, he was active with 2 hits and 4 RBIs in 4 at-bats. He has a multi-hit streak, including 3 hits -2 hits and -2 hits in the last 3 games. In his last 10 games, his batting average reached 4.5 li. His batting average for the season is also 3.3. 1st in batting average on the team outside the field.
After the game, Lee Woo-sung said, “It’s so good. To be honest, it was so good. I thought about sending it between 1st and 2nd base. If I just connected well, senior Hyung-woo was so good that I could turn around and tie the score. I didn’t intend to hit it big. I hit a home run without realizing it. In a way, I wonder if this is really a dream, it was a really good day,” he laughed.
Lee Woo-sung hits a come-from-behind home run and is congratulated by Choi Hyung-woo and Socrates./ Courtesy of the KIA Tigers
Since being traded back to the Tigers in 2019, he has been performing at his best. He played in the first team full-time from the 2022 season. He’s been back and forth between backup and starter, but this year he’s fully established himself as a built-in outfielder. OPS 0.886 batting, one-hit two-base running, and stable defense are impeccable performances.
Above all, he strikes with confidence at the plate. His hitting was so good that he advanced to the center of the batting line. Even if Na Seong-beom, who will start playing for Futures starting next week, returns, Lee Woo-sung’s position will not be shaken. In the 11th year of his professional debut, he is finally producing results worthy of being recognized as a starting player.
Nevertheless, Lee Woo-sung said, “Compared to other key players, the batting index is too small. The number of hits and at-bats is very lacking. It seems that an unexpected hit on the ground ball course comes out. Then, I gain more confidence in the next at-bat. (Rather than my 30% batting average), the team The win rate is below 50%. I want to go up to a higher place quickly.
As for the reason for taking a career high, “Now it’s been 11 years since I joined the team. The coach took over and I only went to the 2nd team once this year. Since I was in the 1st team full-time, I was not chased and tried to do better, but the body did that. More preparation I think they recognized that I am trying to work hard. I try to play without being afraid of getting hurt.”
Lastly, he looked forward to Na Seong-beom’s return, saying, “I hope Seong-beom-hyung will come back soon, hit home runs like last year, lead the team, and win a lot. I really mean it.” KIA is expecting that a nuclear strike line will be built if Na Seong-beom is added following the active performances of Choi Hyeong-woo and Socrates Brito and the returned leadoff Choi Won-joon. Lee Woo-sung’s performance is also a strong boon.