The revival of “5 billion shortstop” Noh Jin-hyuk (34) is the key point of Lotte Giants’ rebound in the second half. However, there is no dramatic change in Noh Jin-hyuk right away.
He has a poor performance in the second half of the year with a batting average of 1.37 (7 hits in 51 at-bats) and four RBIs, OPS.381. It is true that concerns toward Roh Jin-hyuk are growing as the slump is prolonged. He was in the spotlight as a shortstop for long hits, but now he can’t even watch hits, let alone home runs.
However, in the match against KIA in Sajik on the 11th, Noh Jin-hyuk made a valuable play that drew applause from the head coach. It wasn’t a cheerful long shot. But it was a golden play that helped the team. It could be called a scene from the veteran’s experience.
He hit a surprise bunt hit in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and a runner on first base while running 4-0. The KIA infield had 메이저사이트 completely shifted to the right, but Noh Jin-hyuk caught me off guard and made an exquisite bunt toward third base with no defense. The bunt hit mysteriously crossed the third base line. Both the course and speed were exquisite enough to fall into the outfield. In the end, he continued his opportunity with one out and runners on first and second base, and Son Sung-bin’s timely hit allowed him to run away 5-0.
Ahead of the match on the 12th, Sutton said, “Roh Jin-hyuk played very smartly. He said, “As a veteran player, he made good use of the situation,” adding, “It was an important moment, and I thought of the opponent’s defensive shift and carried it out well.” “I got on a valuable base,” he explained.
In addition, in the bottom of the eighth inning with no outs and runners on first and third base, he hit a sacrifice fly to the center fielder to create a 6-1 wedge. Regarding this scene, Sutton also said, “After that, in the eighth inning, I tried a safety squeeze bunt with the runner on third base, but it became a ball, and then I hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score an RBI.” “This scene was also important,” he said adding, “Roh Jin-hyuk is a very hard-working player and is signaling that he is getting better little by little,” believing in the revival of a sluggish veteran.
However, Roh Jin-hyuk was out while attempting a home steal in the situation with two outs and a full base following a surprise bunt in the sixth inning. It was two outs, but he poured cold water as no additional points were scored. Sutton, however, also watched the process positively. He said, “One of our team’s identities emphasizes base learning that goes one step further. Yesterday, Noh Jin-hyuk’s lead was not bad, and he went home with the opponent deciding to throw second base, and the two pitches from home to second base and from second base to home were very accurate. “The KIA defenders did well,” he said adding, “In addition, Goodrum’s batting sense was not very good, so I tried to get one more point even at risk.”