The ‘hit, hit, hit’ run king becomes the batting king. 2387 hits, surpassing his father-in-law…”I don’t really think about it, but…”
LG’s top hitter Hong Chang-ki pounded out three hits to move into the top spot in the batting order.
Hong Chang-ki started in right field against SSG at Jamsil Stadium on Saturday and went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in the win. Not only did she hit as a top hitter, but she also came through in the clutch. She was the hero of the game-winning hit.스포츠토토
With his three-hit performance, Hong improved his batting average to 3-for-4 on the season. He overtook NC’s Son Ah-seop (.339), who was batting first the day before. He is also first in on-base percentage (.454) and first in slugging percentage.
Hong Chang-ki led off the first inning with a single to left, stole second and advanced to third on Shin Min-jae’s grounder to shortstop. He then scored on Kim Hyun-soo’s grounder to first base.
He was stranded at second on a grounder to shortstop in the third inning, but came around to score on a double to right field in the fifth. Trailing 3-4 with two outs in the sixth, he drove a slider from Hyo-Jun Ko to center field for a two-run double. It made it 5-4 and proved to be the game-winning hit.
On the home run, he quickly advanced to second base and expressed his joy with an uppercut ceremony. He then scored when Shin Min-jae singled up the middle.
In the seventh inning, he hit a big shot at second and third, but was thrown out on a fly ball to center field.
In addition to Hong Chang-ki’s big game, Kim Hyun-soo and Shin Min-jae had two hits apiece for LG, which won the game 10-4.
Hong had previously gone hitless in seven career at-bats against Ko Hyo-joon. She got her first hit against Ko with a come-from-behind double with two outs.
“I didn’t know the opponent’s performance, but my coach told me to time my fastball and hit it when the slider comes,” he said after the game. “I went up to bat like that, and I think the changeup (slider) was a little bit crowded and I got the hit,” he said of the game-winning hit.
“My hitting was a little bad at the end of August, but in September, I feel like I’m hitting better again. I think it helped that I had a few days off after the recent rainout.”
Throughout the season, Hong didn’t think much about the batting title and prioritized getting on base. “I didn’t know, I’m not really thinking about it, but you don’t know what’s going to happen until the end…so I’ll just try to do my best,” he said with a smile.
In the fifth inning, he chased down Park Sung-ho’s priority hit and made a diving catch. He’s been making a lot of plays lately. “We have a lot of good outfielders on the team, and Hae-min’s brother is a national center fielder, so I think I’ve gotten a little better because I’ve been practicing with them, watching and listening to them, and learning from them,” Hong said.