Baseball genius Kang Baek-ho has returned from injury. KT Kang Baek-ho returned as the second designated hitter in the match between Kiwoom and KT of the ”2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do on the afternoon of the 17th. Kang Baek-ho returned to the first team in June due to a toe fracture before the season’s opening. After 22 games, he was placed on the injured list on July 2 due to a left hamstring injury. 스포츠토토킹
Kang Baek-ho said he is in a condition where he can defend, but KT manager Lee Kang-chul started Kang Baek-ho as a designated hitter. Kang Baek-ho stepped down with a grounder to third base against Kiwoom starter Yokishi in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the third inning, his second at-bat, he stepped down with a double play by the second baseman.
Kang Baek-ho, who was in the dugout before entering the batter’s box in the bottom of the sixth inning, watched the league’s best batter Lee Jung-hoo’s batting posture and focused on raising his sense of practice by swinging the bat at the same time.
Perhaps thanks to Lee Jung-hoo’s intensive observation of hitting, he sent the ball to the outfield for the first time. The well-hit ball went straight to left field. In the bottom of the eighth inning, his fourth at-bat, he hit a grounder to third base, and in the bottom of the ninth inning, when it was tied 2-2, he got a walk and got on base to first base.
Kang Baek-ho, who got on base, was replaced by pinch-runner Song Min-seop. Follow-up hitter Alford hit Kiwoom Ha Young-min’s first pitch and hit a left fielder hit, and at this time, first baseman Song Min-seop dug home and the game ended. The hero of the walk-off hit led the team to victory with three hits and one RBI in five at-bats, and Kang Baek-ho, who returned despite the injury, was disappointed with no hits and only one walk in four at-bats.