6 key players are out due to injuries, but winning is not a normal phenomenon in a way. KT Wiz suffered a lethargic defeat against Hanwha at the bottom, realizing the vacancy of the main players.
On the 15th, 메이저놀이터KT coach Lee Gang-cheol announced that third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun would be excluded from the first team entry ahead of the match against Suwon Hanwha. The reason was an injury. The previous day, he played as third baseman in number 7 against Hanwha in Suwon, and was hit on the top of his left foot by a ball he hit while dealing with Hanwha Yoon San-heum in the 6th inning. After falling on the ground and complaining of pain for a while, he eventually left the ground with the help of a trainer and received an X-ray examination at the hospital.
A day later, Hwang Jae-gyun went to KT Wiz Park on his crutches. The condition seemed more serious than expected. Director Lee Kang-cheol said, “The checkup showed no abnormalities in my bones, but they said they couldn’t step. The area may be swollen and the fracture may not occur. I need a reexamination,” he said. “It is true that I was hit painfully. I was excluded from the entry because the injured part would last for a long time.”
It was another injury. KT was already having difficulties managing the game with Pil Seung-jo Joo Kwon, Kim Min-soo, starting pitcher So Joon So, Sang-baek Eom, and center fielder Allocated Team departing from injury. Iron man Hwang Jae-kyun’s injury was also not in coach Lee Kang-cheol’s season plan, but he was hit by a bad part for the batted ball, and the third baseman was also forced to operate Plan B. In response, Lee submitted a 1.5-class lineup that day, replacing rookie Ryu Hyeon-in at third base and Park Kyung-soo, who needed physical strength at second base, to put in a new base.
No matter how good the coach is at gumballing, it was unreasonable for him to fill the void of six starters. After a bloody battle of 4 hours and 56 minutes the previous day, KT was in need of long innings for the starter, as it was tied in the 12th inning. However, as a substitute starter for So Joon So, exclusion did not play its part with 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings. From the beginning, he struggled with control and dedicated two RBIs and timely hits to Brian O’Grady in the first inning and Chae Eun-seong in the second inning.
The batting line consisting of Kim Min-hyeok, Kang Baek-ho, Alford, Park Byung-ho, Moon Sang-cheol, Kim Jun-tae, Shin Bon-gi, Ryu Hyun-in and Kim Sang-soo was helpless. I didn’t know when only the assignment table was left out, but when Hwang Jae-gyun left, the weight dropped dramatically. In the 1st inning Kang Baek-ho fired a solo home run in pursuit, but in the 2nd inning 1 company 1st base, in the 4th inning 1 company 1st and 2nd base, in the 5th inning 2 companies 1st and 2nd base, follow-up hits were missed, and follow-up hits were missed. In the 6th inning, 2 out and 1st baseman Kim Jun-tae hit an RBI double, but it was after he had already given the opponent a chance to win. After that, he swallowed the regret as the chances for the 1st and 2nd bases were canceled in the 8th inning.
In the end, KT suffered a 2-7 blow to the lowest-ranking Hanwha, and the 50% win rate collapsed. 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. It was a day when the vacancy of the main players seemed particularly large.