It was a normal outfield fly, but center fielder Moon Hyun-bin (19) lost his center and missed the ball. Park Kye-beom, who reached first base thanks to Moon, scored the go-ahead run and Hanwha failed to end its losing streak.
Hanwha lost 1-4 at home to the Doosan Bears of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on Sunday afternoon. The loss was the fourth straight for Hanwha, which now has 37 wins, 4 losses and 47 draws.
Hanwha, which was on a roll after winning eight straight games in the first half of the season, had lost its last three in a row before this game. The gap between them and the fifth-place KT WIZ has now grown to 5.5 games. A quick end to the losing streak was necessary for fall baseball.
However, Hanwha collapsed on defense. In the top of the third inning, Doosan’s Park Kye-beom hit an errant fly ball off Hanwha starter Sanchez. The ball flew powerlessly toward the middle infield. It was an easy catch for center fielder Moon Hyun-bin.
However, as he chased the ball, he slipped slightly on the ground and lost his center and failed to make the catch. With no outs and no runners on base, the situation quickly turned into a bases-loaded situation.
Park then stole second and came home on Kim Jae-ho’s single to right field. 안전놀이터 It was the first run of the game.
Doosan used the run as a springboard to push the game into extra innings. If it wasn’t for a fielding error by Moon Hyun-bin, Hanwha could have gotten a 1-0 win instead of extra innings. It was a disappointing defense.
Hanwha substituted Kwon Kwang-min for Moon Hyun-bin in the second half of the game to bolster the defense. However, Kwon missed an infield hit by Yang Yang-ji in the top of the 12th inning and gave up another run. Overall, the Hanwha outfield showed a lack of focus on defense, and the team lost 1-4.
In fact, Hanwha’s defense was also disappointing in Game 1. In the top of the seventh inning, with the team trailing 1-2, Yang Chan-yeol singled to right-center field, but center fielder Moon Hyun-bin and right fielder Lee Jin-young delayed the ball. Eventually, the ball landed in right-center field, putting runners on first and second and third. Hanwha didn’t allow a run after that, but it was a dizzying moment for the team. In the end, they failed to end their losing streak on the second day with another disappointing outfield defense.