“It seems that he has a star quality.”
Lim Ji-yeol (Kiwoom Heroes) came out as a pinch hitter in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League confrontation with the Lotte Giants held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 28th, recording 1 hit in 1 at-bat (1 home run), 4 RBIs, 1 run and 1 walk.메이저사이트
Lim Ji-yeol came out as a pinch hitter in place of Kim Jun-wan and walked on base in the bottom of the 7th inning, where the score was 1-5, with one out on first and third base. Then, Kim Hye-seong withdrew with a grounder from second baseman, but third base runner Kim Hui-jip came home and narrowed the score to 4 points.
Kiwoom added points with Kim Dong-heon’s sacrifice fly at the end of the 8th inning, which was behind 2-5. Then, with Kim Hwi-jip’s hit, he made the bases full by one out. After Lee Hyeong-jong struck out three pitches, Lim Ji-yeol entered the second at-bat.
In the 2B1S situation, Lim Ji-yeol defeated Yoon Myung-jun’s 140km/h four-seam fastball. Lim Ji-yeol’s batted ball went behind the center fielder and went over the fence. Lim Ji-yeol’s grand slam turned the game around Kiwoom 7-5. Afterwards, Lim Chang-min, who took the mound in the top of the 9th inning, blocked the game without conceding and escaped from a 4-game losing streak.
Lim Ji-yeol met the reporters after the game and said, “It’s always the same. I prepare as usual and try to do what I can. I think there was a good result.” I feel so good because it seems to have helped.”
Lim Ji-yeol, who joined Nexen (now Kiwoom) with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 KBO Rookie Draft 2nd nomination, hit his first home run 10 years after stepping on the professional stage. However, he put more importance on the team’s victory than the grand slam.
Lim Ji-yeol said, “I think it feels good because it is a home run that can break the team’s losing streak rather than being the first home run with bases in his life.”
Lim Ji-yeol hit one in his last year’s regular season. It was his first home run in his debut. He then crossed the fence 3 times in the postseason. He is hitting 3 homers this season as well.
Among his 7 home runs, there is one that left a strong impression. In the third game of the playoffs against the LG Twins in the postseason last season, he hit a two-run home run to lead Kiwoom to victory. On the 12th, in the match against Gocheok NC Dinos, he recorded 3 finishers. On this day, he left a strong impression with his come-from-behind home run.
Lim Ji-yeol laughed, saying, “I never thought that I had a strong side in the game, but I think I have a star quality.” He went on to say, “All three home runs are equally exhilarating.”
[Kiwoom Lim Ji-yeol is spinning around the ground after hitting a come-from-behind home run against Lotte Yoon Myung-jun in the bottom of the 8th inning against Lotte in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the afternoon of the 28th.