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The Korean baseball team Hanwha has been shaking up the game for the past week, winning eight straight games for the first time in 18 years.
From rookie Moon Hyun-bin, to Lee Do-yoon in the second team, to Lee Jin-young, who was transferred last year.
The surprise performances of these unexpected players are giving the team tremendous momentum.
Kim Soo-geun is a reporter.
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It started with Lee Jin-young.
With the game tied, he ran from first base to home on Kim In-hwan’s double.
He turned the game around with an exquisite sliding score that avoided the catcher’s tag.
From that day on, Hanwha’s winning streak began. 토토사이트추천
He even hit a decisive two-run homer against KT on a rainy day.
Not only was the situation that led to the come-from-behind victory, but also his swinging motion became a hot topic.
His skills, which hadn’t really blossomed since joining KIA, started to really shine two years after he moved to Hanwha.
“I’m so happy just to be able to play in the first team, and I think I’m even happier because I’m a Hanwha Eagle.”
Former youth national team captain Moon Hyun-bin also contributed to the winning streak with a lakebed save.
While his split-second judgment prevented a run, he also showed plenty of promise in the middle infield.
With his three home runs last month and sprinting speed reminiscent of his role model Yang Joon-hyuk, he is the only Hanwha rookie to hold down a spot in the first team from the opening game.
“I think every moment and every game is a chance, so I kept working hard and doing my best, and I think that’s why I’m here.”
Nine years into his career, Lee Do-yoon is faithfully filling the void left by Ha Joo-seok at shortstop.
He has won the admiration of the fans with his competitive spirit and his defense that erases hit balls.
“It feels good to just go out there and play every day, whether I’m good or not, and I think the best thing is that I can help the team with my defense or baserunning.”
The three players have a combined salary of 130 million won this year, and while they weren’t even guaranteed playing time before the start of the season, they are now integral to Hanwha’s rise.