The KIA Tigers won 6-3 against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 30th. KIA moved Lotte to 7th place with 40 wins, 1 draw and 42 losses in 83 games and moved up to sixth place.
Kim Do-young, who can play both 꽁머니hortstop and third baseman, is widely known as a five-tool player and is considered Lee Jong-beom’s second visit. It is a talent that made KIA give up Moon Dong-joo, who throws 155km in 2022, and is also showing its true value on the professional stage. Only injuries have been hampered, but they are growing as expected.
There is a KBO League ‘meme (popular expression)’ created by Kim Do-young, which is ‘such a day’. Kim Do-young posted on social media, “You know, I have an umbrella in my hand, but I just want to run forward in the rain.”After writing “Such a day,” this became a hot topic. This is being parodied in various media such as the club’s SNS. To borrow this expression, the match against Lotte on this day was “a day when I wanted to hit the final again and raise the team’s ranking.”
Kim Do-young entered the batter’s box with no outs and runners on second base in the bottom of the fourth inning with a tight 0-0. Opposition pitcher Han Hyun-hee threw a fast ball over the outer border line. However, Kim Do-young pushed it with his unique fast bat speed to create a timely double. Thanks to this, KIA, which gained momentum, ran up to six points, and was able to beat Lotte, which scored only three points. Naturally, Kim Do-young’s double became the final hit.
Based on Kim Do-young’s performance, which raised his batting average to 0.326, the victory raised KIA’s ranking to sixth place. Kim Do-young, who has power, speed, contact, agility, and shoulders, continues to grow as expected.