KIA Tigers outfielder Socrates Brito made amends for his lax defense in the previous game.
KIA won the 12th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the SSG Landers 12-4 at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday, extending its winning streak to seven games in 753 days, the longest since July 1, 2021, against the Gwangju NC Dinos and August 10, 2021, against the Gwangju Hanwha Eagles. With the win, KIA improved to 55 wins, 2 losses and 50 ties on the season.
Socrates, who started in left field as the No. 5 hitter, was relentless in harassing SSG pitchers. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, one walk and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to five games, dating back to last month’s game against the Gwangju Hanwha Eagles.
In fact, Socrates had done his part in the previous game, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, but he left something to be desired at the end of the game. With a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, he failed to catch Choi Ji-hoon’s grounder to second base, leaving runners stranded.
Despite the 8-point victory, KIA was left with a sense of disappointment. Kia manager Kim Jong-guk explained the situation before the second game, saying, “It wasn’t a hit into the light tower. It was because I came forward a little bit when I judged the first pitch, and when the score increased a little bit, the tension was released.” “I think we need to make fewer mistakes that shouldn’t be made,” he said, asking his players to focus on defense.
Socrates responded to his command with two big hits. In the bottom of the second inning, after Guillermo Heredia led off with a single, Socrates lined out to left-center field and made a sliding catch to relieve starter Yoon Young-chul.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, with his team leading 7-3, Socrates made a jumping catch of Shin-soo Choo’s long fly ball. It was a far cry from the previous day.메이저놀이터
Not only was the defense flawless, but so was the offense. Socrates hit a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat to get his team on the board, followed by his first hit of the game in the top of the sixth, and a two-run double to right-center field in the top of the seventh. This gave the team a breather from the shaky lead.
After leading off the ninth inning with a walk, Socrates completed his three-hit game and celebrated with his teammates when he crossed home plate on Oh’s three-run blast. While he didn’t drive in a ton of runs or hit a home run, KIA was able to reaffirm Socrates’ presence in the game.