Lotte An Chi-hong hit a double in the bottom of the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead, followed by Jeon Joon-woo’s hit. Follow-up hitter Nico Goodrum’s ball quickly passed over the shortstop’s head. Kim Jae-ho ran sensibly high, and the ball was sucked into Kim Jae-ho’s glove.
Kim Jae-ho later cleared Han Dong-hee’s grounder to shortstop.
Kim Jae-ho, who joined Doosan as the first designation in 2004, is a “late bloomer.” He played 112 games in 2008, but remained a backup infielder with a solid infield. It was in 2014 that he became the main player in earnest. He was nicknamed a “genius shortstop” with his sense based on his solid basic skills. He also had a batting average of mid- to late 20%, and a batting average of 30% in 2016 and 2018.
Last year, Kim Jae-ho faced a crisis. His physical condition was not 100% due to injury, and he was sluggish with a batting average of .215 in 102 games.
He seemed to give up his starting position this season. Lee Yoo-chan and Ahn Jae-seok were given the opportunity first.
Kim Jae-ho’s time has come. Kim Jae-ho, who went down from the second division in early May, but has been steadily preparing, began to show his presence at the end of the first half.
His batting average reached .435 in August. The defense remained firm.
Foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell showed “infinite trust” in his defense on the 3rd.
Lotte’s flow was cut off by the out count caught by Kim Jae-ho’s high run, and Doosan has since easily solved the game.
After Brandon threw six innings, Doosan blocked Park Chi-guk, Kim Myung-shin, and Jung Chul-won each inning without losing a point.
After the game, Brandon said, “Kim Jae-ho showed a lot of incredible defense.” “I handled the routine play smoothly and well,” he said.
Trust for Kim Jae-ho came from the next story. Brandon said, “The ball that I couldn’t catch is a hard hit ball that I couldn’t help.”