In an away game against Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan at 6 p.m. on the 22nd, Kim Hye-sung started as the second batter and second baseman and scored one hit and two runs in four at-bats, hitting a triple in the seventh inning. Kiwoom defeated Lotte 5-3 with Kim Hye-sung’s performance and broke its long eight consecutive losses.
In Kim Hye-sung’s performance on this day, the highlight was the seventh inning. The team allowed one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and was chased to the bottom of the chin 4-3. When Kiwoom desperately needed an additional score, Kim Hye-sung took the leadoff batter in the seventh inning and hit Lotte left-hander bullpen pitcher Kim Jin-wook to hit a triple that completely separates the right-center. Kiwoom widened the gap to 5-3 with follow-up hitter Lee Jung-hoo’s one-run right-handed timely hit, and won by keeping the score gap.
Kim Hye-sung, who met with reporters after the game, said, “If I lost, I would have lost nine consecutive games, the most consecutive losses in the club.” I never wanted to. Fortunately, I won,” he said with a smile. Regarding the triple situation, Kim Hye-sung said, “The purpose was to get on base rather than aiming.” “I haven’t been able to get on base as a leadoff hitter recently,” he said adding, “I wanted to get on base unconditionally because I thought it would lead to a score if I got on base.” I’m glad I got a good result,” he explained.
“I couldn’t help the team as the second batter,” he said. He failed to score because he couldn’t get on base. Still, I was able to win the game as my on-base hit led to a goal on the day,” he added. There was also a variable that Lee Jung-hoo missed during the game. Lee Jung-hoo complained of ankle pain in the bottom of the eighth inning and was eventually excluded from the game with a limp.
In response, Kim Hye-sung said, “I have to go to the hospital, but it is heartbreaking that (the injury) does not seem to be light. “I hope (Lee) Jung-hoo, the team’s captain and core, is not seriously injured,” he expressed concern.