Kim Do-young (KIA), the ‘second Lee Jong-bum’, has grown by leaps and bounds in his second year as a professional. The biggest change from last year.
Kim started at third base against Doosan in Jamsil on April 6, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the team to its ninth straight win in 10 years.
Kim warmed up with a single to left field in the first inning, then blasted a two-run homer to center field in the top of the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead. On a 1B-1S count, he took advantage of Doosan native ace Kwak Bin’s three-pitch high fastball (146km) to the body, drawing an arch for the second consecutive game, following the one against SSG in Incheon on March 3. Season No. 4.
Second-year player Kim Do-young’s season saw him bat .848 with three doubles, four home runs and 27 RBIs in 49 games, a marked improvement over his rookie campaign in which he batted .233 with seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 103 games. Despite spending nearly three months rehabbing from an early-season injury, his upgraded bat has been a huge boost to the Kia organization.
“I’ve been working out a lot,” said KIA coach Kim Jong-guk, who was interviewed before the game against Doosan in Jamsil on July 7. Last year, I wasn’t a starter, so I must have felt a lot of things. This year, due to injuries, I haven’t been in the first team for a long time, but the things I’ve been preparing for are coming out.” 온라인카지노
“I think my mindset is probably different. I’m more relaxed because I’m doing better than last year. I also feel more relaxed when it comes to the opposing pitcher’s pitch mix. Kim Do-young is different from the first year to the second year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kim Jong-kook has selected Hwang Dong-ha for the first game and Lee Yi-ri for the second as the starting pitchers for the doubleheader against Gwangju LG on the 9th. Regarding the starting pitcher on the 10th, he said, “I need to think about it more. Kim Jong-guk or Kim Jae-yeol will probably start,” he said.
Against Doosan starter Choi Won-jun, KIA lined up a starting lineup of Park Chan-ho (shortstop), Kim Do-young (third base), Na Sung-beom (right field), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Socrates Brito (left field), Kim Sun-bin (second base), Oh Sun-woo (first base), Kim Tae-gun (catcher), and Choi Won-jun (center field). The starting pitcher is ace Yang Hyun-jong.
If KIA wins today’s game, they will have won 10 straight games for the first time in 5139 days since August 11, 2009 against Gwangju Lotte.