We need to be freed from pressure and pressure.”
Lotte Giants An Chi-hong was second baseman in the season 10th match between the team and the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 6th, Starting as the 5th hitter, he played an active role with 2 hits (1 home run), 1 RBI and 1 run in 4 at-bats.메이저도메인
The main character of this game was Ahn Chi-hong. In the first at-bat without a runner in the top of the second inning, An Chi-hong hit a 154km fastball on the third pitch against Hanwha’s “top prospect” Moon Dong-ju, getting a hit in the center field and ending a pleasant start. Ahn Chi-hong’s decisive blow, which seemed not bad from the previous day (5th), came in the 4th episode.
In the second at-bat as the lead batter in the top of the 4th inning with a tight 2-2 match, Moon Dong-ju’s 135km slider on the 3rd pitch was driven into the middle of the strike zone, and he turned the bat without hesitation. The ball hit by An Chi-Hong’s bat’s sweet spot spread straight to the left-middle direction, and I felt a thrilling touch 56 days after the Doosan Bears match on May 10th.
An Chi-hong did not produce a hit in the at-bat afterwards, but played an active role enough to lead the team to victory with a home run that he tasted after a long time in the 4th inning. And Lotte, along with Ahn Chi-hong, won a new victory 4-3 with a home run that they tasted in 76 days, and took +1 win from the 50% odds ratio.
Ahn Chi-hong, who met after the game, said, “It felt better because it was a home run that regained the lead in a situation where the atmosphere could have passed (with Noh Si-hwan’s home run). It’s a feeling. I’ll try to make it better in the future,” he smiled shyly.
None of the 144 matches are unimportant. However, this match was a slightly higher level of importance for Lotte. This is why he was recording a win rate of 36 wins, 36 losses, and 50% at the time of turning the halfway point in 72 games. Depending on the result of the game on the 6th, it was at the crossroads of whether it could maintain a win rate of over 50% or fall to a win rate of 40%.
An Chi-hong said, “Recently, there have been many losing streaks and the flow has been bad, so the players put a lot of effort into not to fall into that part and not to create an atmosphere where losing is natural. , I think I’ve done well,” he said.
The bad flow continues, but the team atmosphere is not bad at all. “The atmosphere is not bad. However, I am a bit tired after winning, but I think this will improve sooner or later,” he said. If I go out, I will be able to show a good enough image from the second half and the remaining first half.”
Recently, coach Larry Sutton expressed his gratitude that veterans such as ‘Captain’ An Chi-hong and Jeon Jun-woo are putting a lot of fighting spirit into the team to save the team from crisis. What stories did you tell your juniors? He explained, “I feel like I can’t do anything when something gets stuck while playing baseball. So, rather than being greedy and doing something, it’s more important to be freed from the pressure and pressure. He told me so that I could be active freely.” .
Although Lotte drew a steep decline, the fact that it still maintains a win rate of more than 50% shows the possibility of a rebound. An Chi-hong said, “It is true that one long hit is the best thing to turn the atmosphere around. But there are players who can hit a home run in the meantime, but they just didn’t come out. Because there are many, I think we will be able to rise again with the good atmosphere and momentum of the beginning.”