‘I’m back, but there’s no room…’ What the team wants from a foreign hitter is a cool long hit that will turn the atmosphere around. At the beginning of the season, his batting average was low in the 10% range and his home run was 0. When will we see the cool home run by O’Grady, a foreign hitter for the Hanwha Eagles?
Returning to the first team ahead of the match against Samsung on the 11th after 18 days, O’Gredi did not enter a single at-bat even on the last day of coach Subero’s game. The team won and won the winning series, but O’Grady could not smile comfortably.
On the 12th, against Incheon SSG, which was the first match of Choi Won-ho, who was appointed to replace the sacked Subero coach. O’Grady’s expression darkened as he prepared for the game. The home run hit that everyone hoped for is missing, and the result is not coming out as the heart is chased by the low batting average.
O’Grady, who was watching the game from the dugout, looked very depressed. O’Grady, who came to the ground during cleaning time wearing a hoodie and with a determined expression, warmed up for an unexpected pinch hit opportunity. But he never got a chance.
In the 8th inning안전놀이터, Lee Jin-young, who was leading 4-2, created a chance to score on the 1st and 2nd bases safely with a series of hits. Coach Won-ho Choi pulled out a pinch hitter card, excluding hitter Park Sang-eon. Choi Jae-hoon, who entered the plate with a pinch hit, attempted a send-off bunt.
SSG Park Min-ho’s 130km fastball on the second ball was bunted, and the batted ball floated. The Hanwha operation ended in failure by throwing away first baseman Choi Joo-hwan. Afterwards, Oh Seon-jin played a double hit, and Hanwha was unable to bring the runners out of Rusang home.
There was O’Grady as a pinch hitter, but it was too adventurous to give a 10% hitter a chance at an important moment.
In the end, Ogred had to watch the game from the dugout that day as well.
On the 13th, the second match was held. The opportunity finally came. Coach Won-ho Choi placed O’Grady in the starting lineup as the sixth hitter and left fielder. The result was 1 hit in 4 at-bats. In the 4th inning, SSG starter Song Young-jin’s fastball with one out and first base made a double. Even after that, the appearance of hitting the ball in the center of the bat was positive, but that was it. 0 home runs this season. In the 8th inning, when the team was trailing 5-8, Hanwha O’Grady confidently turned the bat to SSG Noh Kyung-eun’s fastball, but was caught in front of the center fence.
The sacked coach Subero did his best to help O’Grady rebound at the beginning of the season.
On the last day, the 14th, after a bloody battle of 4 hours and 58 minutes, Hanwha failed in the winning series with a 3-3 draw. In the top of the 12th inning, Kim In-hwan with 2 outs and 1st and 3rd bases hit a turnaround timely hit, and victory was in sight of Hanwha. In the bottom of the 12th inning, SSG Heredia scored a solo shot to tie the score. Hanwha, who could not overcome the last hangover, ended in a draw after an all-out war.
On this day, Hanwha O’Grady, who played as the fifth hitter and left fielder, was silent with no hits in five at-bats. His batting average fell to 0.125. On the other hand, SSG Heredia went 4 at-bats, 3 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs, saving the team from a deep defeat with a single home run in the 12th inning of overtime.
Looking at the down payment alone, the difference between the 900,000-dollar O’Grady and the 1 million-dollar Heredia is not large. The two foreign batters who had such high expectations. After the opening of the season, when I opened the lid, the results were extreme.
Attention is focusing on how far the Hanwha Eagles’ patience will go, and whether O’Grady, a foreign hitter who is in extreme sluggish batting in the 0 home run 10% range, will succeed in rebounding.
9th place Hanwha, who has won 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in 3 games since the appointment of new coach Choi Won-ho, will return home and play 3 consecutive matches against 2nd place Lotte Giants from the 16th.