KIA Tigers foreign hitter Socrates Brito, who went between heaven and hell in the first game of the series, contributed to the team’s victory with great performances in offense and defense.
KIA won 12-4 in the 12th game of the regular 안전놀이터 season against SSG Landers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd and ran for 7 consecutive wins. KIA’s 7th consecutive win has been 753 days since the Gwangju Hanwha Eagles game on August 10, 2021.
All players worked together. Starting pitcher Yoon Young-cheol earned his 8th win of the season with 7 hits (1 home run), no walks, 5 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 5 innings, while second pitcher Lim Ki-young stopped the opponent’s pursuit with 1⅔ innings, 1 strikeout, and no runs.
In the batting lineup, five players, including Na Seong-beom, achieved multiple hits. One of them, Socrates, started as the 5th hitter and left fielder and recorded 2 hits, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 3 at-bats, reaching base 3 times.
Socrates, who achieved multiple hits including a home run in the previous day’s game, gave up a run by failing to catch Choi Ji-hoon’s fly ball in the bottom of the 8th inning with 2 outs and 2nd and 3rd bases with a 6-0 lead. Even after KIA won 10-2, it was disappointing that the game was not perfect in terms of content, and KIA coach Kim Jong-guk also asked the players to improve their fundamentals and focus on defense before the game on the 2nd.
Socrates relieved his burden after just one game. ·In the bottom of the 2nd inning, he caught leadoff hitter Guillermo Heredia’s hit with a sliding catch, and in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs, he caught Choo Shin-soo’s long hit with a jump catch.
Socrates, who continued the good trend in defense, also produced results in batting. After recording one RBI with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning, the team beat SSG’s pursuit by hitting a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead. Coach Kim Jong-guk also praised Socrates’ performance, saying, “When an extra point was needed, Socrates hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs, which gave us the win again.”
After the game, Socrates said, “Everyone on the team did well, and I haven’t been hitting well lately, so focusing on scoring opportunities led to good results.” “I’m happy,” he said.
Socrates ranked high in several offensive indicators, including tied for 3rd in RBIs, tied for 4th in runs scored, 5th in slugging percentage, tied for 6th in home runs, and 7th in most hits. The number of home runs has already tied with last year (17). He said, “I will continue to work hard to maintain the current good atmosphere for a long time. My hope is for the team to advance to the fall baseball season, and I will only focus on that before heading into the remaining games.” “I will do my best to repay you with a great image,” he said.