Ahn Chi-hong (Lotte Giants) is showing off the aspect of a clutch hitter to his heart’s content in the second half.
Lotte won 7-1 in the home game against the KIA Tigers held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 11th. While starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson pitched 6 scoreless innings, Ahn Chi-hong, who recorded 3 hits in 4 at-bats, stood out in the other line.
The main character of the final stroke was also Ahn Chi-hong. At the end of the first inning, where the score was 0-0, with one out runner, he hit a solo home run (season 5) after a 10-pitch game with KIA pitcher Thomas Panoni. Ahn Chi-hong, who scored a double at the end of the third inning, took a hit to the middle left in the fifth inning, one out and first base, leading 2-0. At this time, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistake, Lotte ran away 3-0, and An Chi-hong advanced to second base.
An Chi-hong has the second highest batting average of 0.396 in the second half. The top batting average (0.444) in the second half is Koo Ja-wook of the Samsung Lions, who is challenging the batting king.
An Chi-hong’s batting average in scoring position in the second half was 0.571 (8 hits in 14 bats), ranking first overall. It is slightly ahead of Koo Ja-wook (0.560) during this period. Even for the entire season, the batting average in scoring position is very high at 0.358 (2nd place).
While Lotte is busy on the way to the second half, Ahn Chi-hong is hitting a valuable shot in a crucial situation. On the 8th, against the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes, he scored the final hit with an infield hit next to the shortstop at the beginning of the 9th inning against the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes with 1 company, 1st and 3rd base. The next day, after making a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning with one out and bases loaded, behind 1-9, and 3-10 in the 9th inning, with 2 outs and 1 RBI, a timely hit created an atmosphere that followed up to 8-10. In the game on the 10th, he hit a timely hit with 1 RBI in the 2nd inning, 2 out, 1st and 3rd base, behind 1-3, laying the foundation for a turnaround to 5-3. In the 6th inning, he recorded a solo home run to make the score 8-6, and in the 9th inning with 1 out and 2 base, he scored an extra run. 꽁머니
An Chi-hong’s physical condition is not perfect. On the 29th of last month, against KIA, he was replaced after only one at-bat due to symptoms of shoulder pain. Coach Sutton said that after watching his physical condition for a while, he would decide whether he should be excluded from the entry. Since then, An Chi-hong has missed four games. Remaining in the first team entry means that the trust of the bench is thick.
An Chi-hong is in charge of the leader of the giant corps. He is first on the team in both batting average (0.299) and runs batted in (47) and OPS (0.767, on-base percentage + slugging percentage). He doesn’t even choose his batting order until 2nd through 5th. He took over as captain from this year and wishes more than anyone else for Lotte to enter baseball in the fall. He is showing himself on the pitch.
An Chi-hong said, “I try not to lose my concentration in a situation where I have to raise the RBI,” and promised, “As the team captain, I will work harder with the players in the second half and repay the fans’ expectations.”