‘Rush home with a sense of cooking’ Russell, returning after 3 years, will Kiwoom become a blessing

Kiwoom Heroes Edison Russell (29) is showing hope for this season by showing good performances in all of the airlifting runs. 

Russell started as the designated hitter number 4 in the match against SSG Landers of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 23rd, and recorded 3 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 runs and 1 walk in 4 at-bats. 

Russell, who started as the lead batter in the second inning, hit SSG starting pitcher Oh Won-seok. However, he did not score a goal as the follow-up hit did not come out.

In the 4th inning, lead hitter Lee Jung-hoo hit and then consecutive hits to create chances for the first and third bases without a hit. Afterwards, Kim Tae-jin’s 1 RBI and Kim Hui-jip’s true base hit made it all the way to third base. In the first run that led to Park Joo-hong’s walk, Lee Ji-young hit a ground ball to the first baseman. First baseman Oh Tae-gon, who caught Lee Ji-young’s batted ball, did not throw home, but immediately stepped on the first base and put Lee Ji-young out. Because of this, at home, it became a situation where you had to catch a tag-out, not a force-out. Russell took advantage of this point to avoid catcher Cho Hyeong-woo’s tag and quickly stepped on the home plate. The referee made a safe decision and SSG requested a review of the video, but the decision was not overturned. 

Thanks to Russell’s witty running base play, Kiwoom succeeded in chasing SSG 2-3. Kiwoom immediately gave up a run in the 4th inning, but in the 7th inning, 2nd out and 1st base, Russell walked to base and saved the opportunity to pursue. Third baseman Choi Jeong’s catch error caught up with Kim Tae-jin’s batted ball, and Kim Hui-jip’s RBI hit in a timely manner allowed Russell to tie the game at 4-4. 

Kiwoom gave the lead back to 4-6 right away in the 7th inning, but made a chance with 2 outs and bases loaded in the 8th inning. Russell struck a timely hit with two RBIs to balance the game once again. However, Kiwoom gave up 3 points in the 8th inning despite Russell’s performance and lost 7-9.

When he entered the KBO League in 2020, Russell, who was highly anticipated as a National League All-Star shortstop in 2016 and a member of the Cubs World Series championship, had a batting average of .254 (62 hits in 244 at-bats), 2 homers, 31 RBIs, OPS .653 in 65 games. had a poor performance. Eventually, after the season ended, his contract renewal failed.

After that, Russell,메이저사이트 who showed a different look by hitting 32 home runs in the Mexican league for two years, returned to the KBO league once again by signing with Kiwoom this season. This time, he has been cruising since the beginning of the season with a season batting average of 3.5 6 Lee (21 hits in 59 at-bats). 

Coach Hong Won-ki said in an interview before the game, “It’s still too early to judge success,” but said, “The defense is also helping a lot. There are not many long hits yet, but I expect it to come up gradually,” he said, looking forward to Russell’s performance. In this game, Russell did not defend, but he played an active role in both hitting and base running, raising expectations for the rest of the season. 

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