LG’s ‘centerpiece of the centerline’ Shin Min-jae powers LG to 5-game winning streak in air, water, and land
LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop’s theory is firm. The center line from catcher to second baseman, shortstop to center field must 메이저놀이터 be strengthened, but he has a strong belief that he can complete a solid power without wavering throughout the season.
The point that director Yeom emphasized is ‘reinforcement’. It’s not just about making up for the lack of power. Coach Yeom’s idea can be completed only when the players in the four positions that make up the center line play a central role in the batting line.
Over the past several seasons, LG has been tired of worrying about the second baseman. Numerous candidates put forward a challenge, but the right person did not appear well. But this season is different. ‘Cinderella’ Shin Min-jae (27) completes director Yeom’s idea.
Shin Min-jae started as the second batter and second baseman in the home game against the Kiwoom Heroes of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium on the 13th. On this day, he showed impressive performances in both ball, defense and state, leading the team’s 17-8 victory.
Shin Min-jae got a right-handed hit from his first at bat in the bottom of the first inning. Follow-up hitter Kim Hyeon-soo stole second base with perfect timing when he was at bat, and was immediately in scoring position. He went to base with a heavy hit in the bottom of the second inning, stole second base again, and reported both multi-hits and stolen bases in the early part of the game.
Shin Min-jae, who survived with an infield hit to the shortstop again at the end of the 3rd inning, completed a three-hit game early. LG scored every inning from the 1st to the 4th inning and took a huge lead 13-3 from the beginning, and it was Shin Min-jae who led the team’s attack at the center of the center line.
He showed off his flair in defense as well. In the top of the 6th inning, Shin Min-jae quickly followed Kiwoom’s lead hitter Kim Hye-sung and caught it with his backhand, then made an outcount with a one-beat fast throw. Kim Hye-seong, who boasts the fastest feet in the league, was captured with Hosobi, and the atmosphere of the battery and the beast Jin-ui was raised at once.
The entire LG lineup, including Shin Min-jae, exploded. He devastated the Kiwoom mound with 18 hits. Shin Min-jae recorded 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs in 6 at-bats. Austin Dean, who started as the fourth hitter and first baseman, hit home runs for two days in a row and hit 3 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 home run, 4 RBIs and 2 runs.
Starting pitcher Lim Chan-gyu took his 9th win (2nd loss) of the season despite pitching 5 runs in 5 innings thanks to ample scoring support. LG (61 wins, 2 draws, 35 losses) ran 5 consecutive wins. He continued his cruising toward winning the regular season by further solidifying his single-leading system.