KIA Tigers’ leading hitter Na Sung-beom (33) has completely escaped his first slump this season.
Na Sung-bum started as the third batter and right fielder in an away game against the Samsung Lions at Pohang Baseball Stadium on the 2nd 메이저놀이터 and hit a double in the 4th inning of his first at-bat home run (season 8) in the top of the 1st inning, recording 2 hits, 2 RBIs, and 1 run in 3 at-bats. The team suffered a come-from-behind defeat in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Na Sung-bum’s batting sense was hot.
In the first game of Samsung’s three consecutive games the previous day (1st), he also scored four hits, three RBIs, and one run in five at-bats, leading to an 11-8 victory. In the top of the fourth inning, when KIA was losing 0-6, he made a timely double to the left-center at first base with no outs, and added an RBI with a heavy hit in the fifth inning with two outs and second base, which was losing 2-7. KIA also hit a timely hit in the eighth inning when it reversed 10-8.
Na Sung-beom, who received rehabilitation treatment for a left calf fascia injury in February, made his return to the first division against KT Wiz on June 23. In the first 12 games, he recorded a batting average of 0.353, 6 home runs, and 12 RBIs, showing no sign of a hiatus.
Na Sung-beom said at the time, “Home runs are coming out, but there were times when I hit one hit in 10 at-bats like the KT match (on July 7 and 8). “I don’t think it’s time to say that I have a good sense of hitting yet,” he said. In fact, he suddenly fell into a slump after hitting a home run in his fourth at-bat against KT on the 9th of last month. Na Sung-beom had a batting average of 0.120 in seven games since the match against Samsung in Gwangju on the 12th. He couldn’t hit a double as well as a home run.
Na Sung-bum showed a cheerful blow after eight games against the Lotte Giants in Busan on July 29. After warming up the bat with a right-handed hit in the second at-bat, left-hander Shim Jae-min pulled a low-course four-seam fastball (based on left-handed batters) in the third at-bat and crossed the right fence. It was a long hit after 32 at-bats.
Na Sung-bum, who made a rebound with three hits in this game, also recorded one hit and one walk in the match against Lotte the next day (July 30), and he completely regained his original form by playing his second “four-hit game” this season against Samsung on the 1st, the first game of the week. He also showed nutritious hits such as an RBI that makes KIA’s first score and an on-base that makes the first run. Na Sung-beom said, “Since last weekend, I’ve only been living and thinking about going out (the accumulation) and I’ve got a good result.”
KIA lost four games (3 wins) in seven games when Na Sung-bum failed to hit a long ball. Na Sung-bum won all three consecutive Lotte games over the weekend when he recovered, and also reversed the losing game against Samsung on the 1st. He was hit by Samsung on the 2nd, but chased KT and NC Dinos, ranked 4th and 5th.