“Sung-beom didn’t run…”.
Na Sung-beom was blamed for Park Chan-ho’s home run in the Gwangju game between the Hanwha Eagles and KIA Tigers on May 25. It was because Na Sung-beom, who had a bombing snap, did not run to first base.
In the top of the fifth inning with a 1-0 lead, Na swung wildly at a seven-pitch fastball from Hanwha pitcher Sanchez on a full count. The pitch sailed behind him for a strike three. Na was supposed to run for first base, but he hesitated at the plate and didn’t show any signs of running.
Second baseman Park Chan-ho rounded third base and posed for a home dash, but was stopped by Hanwha catcher Choi Jae-hoon, who caught the ball and was poised to throw home. Choi threw to first base to get the non-running Na Sung-bum out.
Moments later, Park Chan-ho charged toward home and scored on a head-first slide. The Hanwha first baseman threw home late, but Song was too late. Park Chan-ho saw the distance between where Choi Jae-hoon caught the ball and first base and decided he could make the save.
Kia took the lead in the game with a 2-0 lead. It was a bizarre play because Na didn’t run to first base. Choi Jae-hoon was caught off guard, and Park Chan-ho took advantage of the gap.
Before Gwangju’s game against Hanwha on June 26, manager Kim Jong-kook explained why Na didn’t play. “It stuck with me that he swung at that (one-bound) ball. He said he didn’t think about anything at the moment. If I had run, I would have been saved, and it would have been runners on first and third. Still, it was important that Chan Ho scored. There’s a lot of difference between one point and two points. It was a big score,” he applauded.메이저사이트
Choi Won-ho pointed to Choi Jae-hoon’s defense. “Sung-bum didn’t run, so Jae-hoon had to catch the ball and go to the home side to tag him. Even if Na Sung-bum ran later, he could have made a fake throw to third base and then thrown to first base,” he said.