KT WIZ foreign hitter Anthony Alford led the team to escape from its second straight victory with a two-run four and a timely wedge in the final.안전놀이터
Alford started as the 6th hitter and left fielder against the Suwon Doosan Bears on May 19 and contributed to the team’s 6-1 victory with 2 hits, 1 home run and 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
On this day, KT succeeded in scoring first at the end of the first inning. After one company at the end of the first inning, KT took the lead with Jang Seong-woo’s preemptive RBI and right-handed hit at the opportunity of two outs, first and third base, created by Kim Myeon-hyuk and Moon Sang-cheol’s hits.
KT foreign hitter Alford led the team to escape from the second straight victory with a two-run four in the final. Photo (Suwon) = Reporter Kim Geun-han
After that, both teams, which had been in a lull, sparked again in the fourth inning. KT allowed Yang Eui-ji to walk and Kim Jae-hwan to hit after a run in the beginning of the 4th inning, and then Yang Seok-hwan to hit 1 RBI in a timely manner, allowing a 1-1 tie. In the ensuing crisis with the bases full, Yang Chan-yeol induced a double hit and overcame an additional run.
KT immediately counterattacked at the end of the 4th inning. At the end of the 4th inning, after lead hitter Jang Seong-woo’s double, follow-up hitter Alford hit Choi Seung-yong’s 112km/h curve and hit a come-from-behind two-run home run with a distance of 120m. Alford’s Season 5 Arch.
KT put a wedge in the game in the attack at the end of the 5th inning with a 3-1 lead. After one run at the end of the 5th inning, KT succeeded in scoring an additional run as Park Byeong-ho’s double batted ball led to the opponent’s second baseman’s catch error in the chance to get a one-out 1st and 2nd base with Kim Min-hyuk and Moon Sang-cheol’s consecutive hits.
KT escaped 5 to 1 with Alford again hitting the right time with 1 RBI in the 2nd 1st and 2nd base opportunities that followed. In addition, Kim Joon-tae’s push ball came out and scored a wedge in the second-out chance created by Jang Jun-won’s walk.
After the game, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “Starter Eom Sang-baek overcame the crisis well and fulfilled his role, and the bullpen pitchers also blocked it well. I also want to praise Seongwoo Jang for his lead. On the other line, Seong-Woo Jang’s hit brought the atmosphere of the game, and after allowing a tie, Lee Sang-Ho Ho-Bi, Alford, and Jang Seong-Woo’s extra-long hits were able to win. Moon Sang-cheol and Kim Min-hyuk also showed good hitting and contributed to the team’s victory.”
Alford also met with reporters and said, “When I hit the home run, I thought I was going to throw a curveball even before I got into the plate. In the first at-bat, the opposing pitcher pitched mainly on breaking balls, so I expected it to some extent. He aimed for a curveball and was happy that the result was a home run. It was good that the pitchers and hitters were doing well overall today, and they escaped the losing streak.”
Regarding the fact that he went down to the 6th batting order, Alford said, “I deal with the pitcher in the same way anyway, so going down to the 6th batting order did not significantly reduce the pressure. Still, I had the advantage of getting tips that I could apply in my at-bat while watching right-handed hitters in front of me play against pitchers,” he nodded.
Lastly, Alford said, “I worked hard every day to get out of the recent batting slump. Even though he plays every day, it’s not too hard for him to feel responsible. I don’t care about his stamina. He has a lot of games left in the season. Last year, he also went up and advanced to fall baseball. If the injured players return and the existing players show a focused performance, they will rise to a high level again this year.”