Manager’s praise for defense → Respond with a super catch, Lotte’s ‘Bokdeongi’ enjoys winning streaks

Lotte Giants outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo raised the sense of hitting that had stagnated and led the team to secure 3 consecutive victories and a weekend 3-game winning series. 

Ahn Kwon-soo started as the 9th hitter and left fielder in the 4th game of the season with Kiwoom Heroes of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 27th, recording 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 1 steal and 1 run, Lotte’s 6- 5 Played a decisive role in the victory.

Ahn Kwon-soo went to base with an infield hit in his first at-bat in the top of the 3rd inning, shaking off the regret of going 4 at-bats the previous day without a hit. Then, in the beginning of the 7th inning, when Lotte was leading 1-0, 2 RBIs were hit in a timely manner in a chance for 1 company, 2nd and 3rd base, and the score was 3-0. 

Ahn Kwon-soo’s performance continued. After successfully stealing second base, he advanced to third base when Kim Min-seok grounded in the infield, and Park Seung-wook’s double hit home plate, giving the team an extra point.

He also performed well on defense. After two outs at the end of the second inning, Lee Won-seok’s double hit was caught with a picturesque sliding catch to end the inning. In the bottom of the 6th inning, with 1 out and 1 base, Lee Jung-hoo’s foul ball was snatched with his body, and he lightened the shoulders of starting pitcher Charlie Barnes.

While Lotte coach Larry Sutton praised Ahn Kwon-soo before the game as “a player who shows Golden Glove-level defense and clearly shows his presence in base running and batting,” he responded to the command tower’s praise with a wonderful play.

After the game, Ahn Kwon-soo said, “It feels good that the team won rather than what I did well. I am especially happy to continue the winning streak.”

Ahn Kwon-soo is Lotte’s ‘good fortune’ this year. After the contract renewal with Doosan Bears failed due to military service issues after the end of last season, he is wearing a Lotte uniform this year and is playing more than expected in the air and defense.

Amid the pain in his elbow, the sense of hitting dropped in May, but Ahn Kwon-soo is quickly recovering his pace. Recently, as he got closer to his normal physical condition, he was ready to contribute to the team’s competition for rankings.메이저놀이터

Ahn Kwon-soo explained, “I kept thinking about what I could do even if my elbow is not good. I keep my swing simple and focus on team batting and defense.”

He also said, “I have to do my best when the team is needed rather than my personal performance or results.”

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