Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom), who also wielded a hard hit in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), hit the first home run in the demonstration game.
Lee Jeong-hoo started as the designated hitter in the 2023 KBO League demonstration game against Hanwha at Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 18th, and was replaced after going on base in both at-bats with a walk following a home run in the first at-bat in the first inning.
From the first at-bat in the first inning, Lee Jung-hoo’s hit came out. In a situation where there were no runners from the second company, Hanwha starter Moon Dong-ju made a full swing from three balls and made a home run. Moon Dong-ju, who threw 1 to 3 balls in a row, hit the high fastball in the middle of the 152km 4th pitch to catch a strike, and went over the right wall. Distance 115m, 1st home run in demonstration game.
The second at-bat in the 3rd inning also came out without a runner on the 2nd. Moon Dong-ju, who hit a home run with a fastball in the first at-bat, entered cautiously in the second game by throwing 1-3 consecutive breaking balls. The match continued to the full count. Moon Dong-ju threw a curveball on the 6th pitch, but it fell out of his hand and became a high ball that went out of the zone. Lee Jung-hoo, who walked out, beat Moon Dong-ju in both at-bats.
On this day, Moon Dong-ju made a good pitch with 4 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 1 run in 3 innings with a fastball with a maximum of 157 km and an average of 153 km and a curve with a large drop. The home run hit by Lee Jung-hoo was the only run. 먹튀검증
After the game, Moon Dong-ju commented on the situation where Lee Jung-hoo hit the home run, saying, “It was a three-ball, so I went in to catch a strike. He thought his fastball was good, but he hit a home run. I could definitely feel Lee Jung-hoo’s class.”
The second at-bat walk was also left as a regret for Moon Dong-ju. He said, “I tried to win the match because it was not an easy hitter to deal with. However, he regretted that about 3 balls were out of hand. If it wasn’t for that ball, he would have been able to win… ” he regretted.
Lee Jung-hoo played an active role in the WBC with 6 hits in 14 at-bats (2 doubles), a batting average of .429, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout and 1 stolen base in 4 games at the WBC. He also struggled against Japan, posting 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats, including a timely hit in the 3rd inning.
Lee Jung-hoo, who returned to Kiwoom immediately after Korea was eliminated early in the first round, played an active part in the first game against Gocheok KIA on the 16th with 2 at-bats, 1 hit and 1 steal. He got his first hit on KIA left-hander Rookie Yoon Young-chul, and today he is teaching the KBO league young guns a lesson by hitting a home run to Moon Dong-ju.