“I felt like I was going to cry. I got hit so much…”
Park Dong-won (LG Twins) went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored while batting seventh and catching in Game 2 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Korean Series against the KT Wiz at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on April 8. LG went on to win 5-4. The thrilling come-from-behind victory evened the series at 1-1. It was their first Korean Series win in 7670 days.
It didn’t start well for LG. Starting pitcher Choi Won-tae fell apart. In the top of the first inning, Kim Sang-soo walked, Hwang Jae-gyun singled, and Anthony Alford walked to load the bases. He induced a grounder to Byung-ho Park at third base to keep Kim at home, but gave up a two-run double to Jang Sung-woo. He was pulled early with only one out. Lee Jung-yong, who came up to bat, gave up a two-run single to Choi Jae-dae to fall to 0-4.
However, the LG bullpen did not allow another run. The seven-man bullpen of Lee Jung-yong, Jung Woo-young, Kim Jin-sung, Baek Seung-hyun, Yoo Young-chan, Ham Deok-joo, and Go Woo-seok did not allow a run.
As the bullpen pitched well, the LG bats began to chase. In the bottom of the third inning, with runners on second and third, Austin Dean hit an RBI single to score the first run of the game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Oh Ji-hwan hit a one-run home run to narrow the gap to two runs.
LG continued to pressure KT. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Park Hae-min drew a walk. Kim Hyun-soo followed with an RBI double. The score became 3-4.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, they managed to turn the game around. Leadoff hitter Oh Ji-hwan led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Moon Bo-kyung. Park Dong-won came to the plate. Park took a changeup from Park Young-hyun that was in the zone and hit it for a two-run home run. Ko Woo-seok, who pitched the top of the ninth, closed out the game without allowing a run.
Park, who was named the Daily MVP, signed a four-year, 6.5 billion won ($2 billion in signing bonus and 4.5 billion won in total annual salary) free agent contract with LG this offseason. He hit the game-winning home run in LG’s first Korean Series in 21 years. 무지개토토 주소
At the official postgame press conference, Park Dong-won said, “Honestly, I looked at the third baseman. I thought about a squeeze bunt to survive and help, and I think I hit it well,” he said honestly.
“It was so exhilarating,” Park said about the feeling of hitting a come-from-behind two-run home run, “I was getting hit so much in the dugout. I felt like I was going to cry. I felt like I was going to cry because I got hit so much.” ”We should have hit it together, but I was in the bullpen,” joked Ko Woo-seok, who was next to him.