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The NC Dinos' momentum is set to be even higher. Even veteran outfielder Kwon Hee-dong, who is equipped with autumn DNA, is slowly getting ready to wake up.
Kwon Hee-dong started as the fifth batter and left fielder in the first game against the '2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason' playoff (three wins out of five) kt Wiz held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 30th. Kwon Hee-dong's bat, which had been quiet, began to fire from the second at-bat. With the team leading 3-0 in the top of the third inning, he hit opposing ace William Cuevas and hit an RBI timely hit.
The highlight was in the top of the fourth inning. The team completed the big inning by hitting a two-run triple after a persistent game with two outs and runners on first and second bases leading 6-1.
Until the end, Kwon Hee-dong bothered the kt mound. After one out, he hit a left-handed hit against Kim Min to make a breakthrough. After that, Do Tae-hoon's right-handed hit made it to second base, he homered on Oh Young-soo's RBI timely hit and scored 9-1. The final score of the day was three hits, three RBIs, one walk and one run from four times at bat. He hit hard and led his team to a 9-5 victory.
After the game, Kwon Hee-dong said, "I feel good to win. Rather than doing something decisively, I tried to help him by doing well in the front (top batting line), but I got a good hit."
The recent uptrend in NC is fierce. Following the Doosan Bears and wild cards, SSG Landers and semi-playoffs were winning four consecutive postseason games without losing. The victory marked the fifth consecutive victory.
Before the opening of the season, NC was not considered a candidate for the fifth round due to the departure of its home turf, Yang Eui-ji (Doosan), and key players such as ace Drew Rucinski (Oakland Athletics), but after finishing the regular season in fourth place (75 wins, 2 draws and 67 losses), it did not stop and overpowered SSG to advance to the playoffs.
Kwon Hee-dong said, "When I joined the team (in the early and mid-season), the team was doing really well. And when I looked at it, I didn't think it was weak at all. He replied, "The structure is good, and all the juniors are working hard, so I think I'm playing fall baseball now."
NC is expected to become even stronger with Kwon Hee-dong revived. Kwon Hee-dong had a batting average of 0.200 (3 hits in 15 at-bats) this postseason until the semi-playoff. The figure was inappropriate for Kwon Hee-dong, an autumn man who had a batting average of 0.309 (25 hits in 81 at-bats) in 30 postseason games. However, the feeling of hitting has been increasing recently, which will revitalize the batting line.
Kwon Hee-dong said, "Rather than autumn DNA... In fall baseball, it is important to get on base once in a while, and even if you are ahead by a few points, additional points should continue to come out. I think I'm doing well because my concentration increases as I try to play such a role," he said.
Kwon Hee-dong said he had no fall DNA, but he improved his senses in the postseason and helped the team's batting lineup. How much more can NC go on with its five-game winning streak.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023