KIA backup catcher Han Jun-su (24) started for the first time in a long time in Gwangju on the 4th. Since the recruitment of Kim Tae-gun, he has been consistently in the first team as a backup, but he has few chances to play. There is also an aspect in which coach Kim Jong-guk gave Kim Tae-gun more opportunities to work with the KIA pitchers more.
However, in the hot weather of the past, physical fitness is essential. On the 4th, Tae-goon Kim did not go to the game and rested. 안전놀이터 Han Jun-su, who started for the first time in a while, recorded 1 hit and 1 run in 5 at-bats. Starting pitcher Eui-ri Lee’s good pitching also supported it. Coach Kim Jong-guk also showed a satisfied expression ahead of the Gwangju Hanwha match on the 5th.
However, there were also poignant moments. It was when Choi Won-joon, with one out and bases loaded at the end of the 5th inning with a 5-3 lead, hit Lee Tae-yang with a single hit that exceeded right fielder Lee Jin-young’s height. Lee Jin-young intentionally missed the batted ball to induce the runners to start late, and quickly threw it home as soon as it hit the ground. He made a cut in the infield, but Han Jun-su, runner on second base, almost got caught in the rundown between third base and home.
Choi Won-joon knew Lee Jin-young’s trick. However, when Junsu Han was on the verge of being out, he was out because he overrun on purpose. In the meantime, Han Jun-su dug into the home and scored. At the end of the video review, the goal was recognized.
If Jun-su Han knew Jin-young Lee’s trick, he should have tried the halfway, but he sprinted from the beginning, stepped on third base, and scored with Choi Won-jun’s help. Coach Kim Jong-guk also laughed and said, “Players who are slow to focus should focus on the basics. He had to do halfway. He was tricked by a fake because he tried to be too good.”
It is an unforgettable day for Han Junsu. Coach Kim said, “He is a catcher with potential. He must experience it like that. So he prepares properly. If he changes in the middle, he will only grow to that point. He should try full time too. Taegun also has a physical burden. Junsu played his role very well yesterday. It’s a little disappointing that it’s Juru, but it was good. Youngchul led well and breathing was good.”