“Focus on RBI production” But 13 homers in 44G already… If I didn’t get injured, I could have had 40 Nastas.
Kia Tigers outfielder Na Sung-beom is on a ‘crazy home run pace’. In just 44 games since returning from injury, he’s hit 13 home runs. If he hadn’t been injured, he could have hit 40 homers in a season.
On Sept. 1 against the Literature SSG Landers 토토사이트, Na started in right field as the No. 3 hitter and went 4-for-4 with three doubles, one home run, five RBIs, one run scored and one walk in the team’s 10-2 victory.
After grounding out to shortstop in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, Na lined a single to left field in his second at-bat with two outs in the top of the third inning for a 1-0 lead.
KIA outfielder Na Sung-bum hits a three-run home run to drive a wedge into the game in the top of the ninth inning against SSG in Munhak on Sept. 1.
KIA outfielder Na Sung-beom went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs against the Munhak SSG on Sept. 1.
After drawing a walk in the top of the fifth inning, Na hit an RBI single to right field with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to make it 6-0.
Na’s hot bat reached its peak in the top of the ninth. With runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, Na smashed a three-pitch, 116 km/h curveball from reliever Song Young-jin for a three-run homer to right-center field that traveled 120 meters.
KIA completely demolished the SSG mound with 14 hits and 10 runs, including three home runs from Park Chan-ho, Na Sung-beom, and Socrates. On the mound, starting pitcher Yang Hyun-jong pitched a seven-inning no-hitter to pick up his seventh win of the season and his 164th career start, tying him with Song Jin-woo for the most career starts (previously 163).
After the game, KIA head coach Kim Jong-kook said, “Our concentration in the second inning was good. Park Chan-ho was able to create chances and save runs himself. Kim Do-young also seems to have regained his confidence with a three-hit game. The center fielders, from Na Sung-beom to Socrates, also did a good job of leading the team’s offense with hits at every opportunity. Na’s three-run homer was the game-winner,” he said.
40 home runs in a season if not injured? Na’s home run production pace is frightening
KIA outfielder Na Sung-bum hits a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning against SSG in Munhak on September 1.
Na didn’t return to the first team until mid-June due to a long-term calf injury this season. However, in 44 games since returning to the first team, Na has been hitting like crazy with a .349 batting average, 60 hits, 13 home runs, 42 RBIs, a .411 slugging percentage, and a .645 on-base percentage.
His home run production pace is particularly impressive, with 13 home runs in 44 games. He’s on pace to reach 40 home runs in a season if he stays injury-free.
After the game, Na said, “I’m happy that I’ve been hitting well lately. As the team’s center fielder, my focus on producing runs in opportune situations led to good results, and I’m glad I was able to contribute to the team’s victory with five hits today.”
Na Sung-beom added, “I don’t think I played well in today’s game, but the table-setters created a lot of chances for me to have a good game. I would like to thank my teammates, and I am grateful that so many KIA fans came to the ballpark today, and I will do my best in every game to maintain this good atmosphere for a long time.”