Kang Min-ho, homemaker of the Samsung Lions, has set a new milestone in Korean professional baseball history. However, Samsung could not record a winning streak despite Kang Min-ho’s performance.
Kang Min-ho started as the 4th hitter and catcher in the match against KT Wiz held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 22nd. In the bottom of the second inning, Kang Min-ho hit KT starter Eom Sang-baek’s first pitch and hit a home run over the left field fence. Samsung also won 5-2 and took revenge for the defeat the previous day (2-7).
Kang Min-ho’s 315th home run in his career. He overtook LG Twins battery coach Park Kyung-wan (314) and rewrote the record for the most home runs by a catcher. After graduating from Pocheol Technical High School, Kang Min-ho started his professional career at Lotte Giants and moved to Samsung in 2018 after receiving the qualification as a free agent (FA).
Kang Min-ho is leading Samsung Airborne with his unchanging performance this year. Until the game against KT on the 23rd, he is playing the role of a central hitter with a batting average of 0.306, 12 homers and 43 RBIs. As a seasoned catcher, he also stands out with a stable pitching lead. Young pitchers such as Won Tae-in believe in him and follow him.
In the game on the 23rd, Kang Min-ho’s performance was outstanding. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Samsung’s first attack, Kim Hyun-joon’s hit and Kim Ji-chan’s walk resulted in a one-out second and third base opportunity, and when they hit the right hit at the right time, both were called home. Kang Min-ho scored 2 RBIs, allowing Samsung to take the lead.스포츠토토
However, mounds such as starter David Buchanan fell short of expectations. Buchanan was originally scheduled to start the game on the 21st, but after taking two more days off due to a knee injury, he stood on the mound that day, and he only recorded 9 hits and 4 runs (3 earned runs) in 5 innings.
Samsung had to play a game in which bullpens such as Kim Tae-hoon and Lee Seung-hyun lost additional runs. They pursued 3 runs at the end of the 8th inning, but lost 7-8 without overturning the game.