“I’m trying to be aggressive.”
KIA Tigers outfielder Na Sung-bum hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning to drive in the winning run and lead his team to a 5-1 victory in the seventh game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on 9 September.
Na had a slow start to the season due to a left calf injury, but upon his return, he has been one of the team’s best performers. In 12 games, he is batting .353 with 18 hits, six home runs, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) is a whopping 1.161.
In particular, he had four hits in a three-game weekend series against KT. Three of the four hits were home runs. On the 8th, he hit back-to-back home runs and drove in another five runs. He continues to lead the KIA batting order with his consistent hitting.토토사이트
After the game on the 9th, KIA manager Kim Jong-kook praised him, saying, “Today, Na Sung-beom hit a valuable home run that decided the game.”
After the game, Na Sung-bum said, “After yesterday (8th), the home run came when the team needed extra runs. I’m doubly happy that I was able to extend the team’s winning streak,” said Na. “My batting form has been good since returning from injury, so I’ve been trying to be aggressive in every at-bat, and it’s paying off.”
“It would be nice to have a good at-bat every at-bat, but I’m just trying to come up with one when it counts,” he added.
After falling as low as ninth place at one point, KIA bounced back with a nine-game road trip. Excluding one game that was cancelled due to rain, they went 6-2. A five-game winning streak and a sweep of KT pushed them up to sixth place in the standings. They are one game behind the fifth-place NC Dinos and two games behind the fourth-place Lotte Giants.
“The team has been on a winning streak lately,” said Na Sung-beom. We talked about keeping the good vibes in the squad as much as possible. It’s great that we were able to do that and win the last day of a nine-game series away from home. Our goal is to keep this momentum going until the end of the first half.”