Kia fans have been waiting for Na Sung-bum for a reason.
After a slow start to the season due to a left calf injury, KIA Tigers outfielder Na Sung-bum has been hitting for the fences since joining the team.
In 11 games before playing against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Sept. 9, he was batting .362 with 17 hits, five home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) was a whopping 1.154. It was unbelievable.안전놀이터
He hit safely in 11 of his 12 games and had four multi-hit games. With Kim Do-young in the lineup, the KIA batting order was becoming a formidable one.
The day before, Na went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored against KT. In particular, his back-to-back home runs helped the team win four straight games and bring home the winning series.
Na Sung-beom’s performance was equally impressive. His first three at-bats were all singles. A grounder to third in the first, a grounder to second in the third, and a grounder to shortstop in the sixth.
But in the seventh inning, with two outs and a runner on first, he smashed a 145-kilometer fastball straight down the middle of the plate against reliever Park Young-hyun for a two-run home run. Na’s home run was priceless, as KIA was clinging to a shaky 3-1 lead before it happened.
With Na’s home run in hand, Kia went on to complete the sweep with a 5-1 win and a five-game winning streak thanks to a strong performance from Sanchez, who made his first start of the season.
Na has gotten off to a slow start this season, but his home run pace hasn’t slowed down. With three homers in two games, he’s on pace for six homers in just 12 games.
KT, on the other hand, was not smiling. They fell into a four-game losing streak with the sweep. Lee Byung-seong, who started the game, did well against a strong KIA lineup with 5.1 innings of three-run ball.
However, Park Young-hyun, who came up from a 1-3 situation, was hit by a two-run shot by Na Sung-beom. Young-hyun Park, who gave up his first home run of the season in 38 games against the LG Twins in Jamsil on June 6, hung his head in shame after giving up a home run in two consecutive games. This is the first time Young-hyun Park has given up a run in two consecutive games.