Super catch by the 39-year-old second baseman that dropped SSG to 5th place. Deserved KS MVP for his defense
He was the only player in history to win MVP honors for his defense in the Korean Series.
Park saved his team from defeat with his defense. KT Wiz veteran second baseman Park Kyung-soo caught Choi Jae-hoon’s infield single with runners on second and third in the bottom of the 12th inning of an 8-8 tie against SSG Landers at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Monday.
KT led 8-5 before SSG scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, and neither KT nor SSG scored after that, sending the game to the 12th inning.
In the top of the 12th inning, KT faced a big crisis. Joo Kwon came to the plate after Kim Jae-yoon, and after being hit by a leadoff double by Oh Tae-gon, Ha Jae-hoon’s sacrifice bunt put runners on first and third. He then threw three pitches in a row to Kim Sung-hyun, eventually getting him to ground into a double play. With Cho Hyung-woo at bat in the ninth, a double by Choi Sang-min put runners on first and third. Fortunately, Cho Hyung-woo hit a short fly to center field for the second out.
The battle against Choi Ji-hoon in the first inning was a close one. After 2S, three pitches brought the count to full, and after a foul on the sixth pitch, Choi hit a 147-kilometer fastball on the seventh pitch. It looked like it was going to go between 1-2. KT second baseman Park Kyung-soo chased it down, caught it, spun around and threw the ball to first base. The ball went straight into the mitt of first baseman Oh Yoon-seok, and it was just in time for Choi Ji-hoon to step on first base. The first base umpire ruled it out. 바카라
SSG immediately requested a video review. It was a tense moment, but the decision came quickly. Out.
Lee proved why he is one of Kang-Cheol Lee’s most trusted second basemen as he caught the ball, turned and threw to first base with one bound. A little bit to the side and Choi’s quick feet would have made it a safe play.
Park also made a great catch in the top of the ninth inning, jumping on a line drive by Kim Sung-hyun with runners on first and second to prevent a run from scoring.
Despite Park’s super save, KT was unable to score in the bottom of the 12th inning and the game ended in an 8-8 tie.
Park was born in 1984 and is a 39-year-old veteran. His batting performance is not good. This season, he is batting just 2-for-8 (33 hits in 159 at-bats). His batting performance has already declined since 2021. This season, he lost his starting job at second base to younger players like Lee Ho-yeon. However, his defense is still considered better than theirs. As a result, he is often used as a pinch-hitter late in games. On this day, he played from the beginning of the ninth inning.
In the 2021 Korean Series, Park won the MVP award for his stellar defense that helped the team win the championship. His defense was still alive and well.