At this point, my second hometown is Incheon.
KIA starting third baseman Kim Do-yeong 스포츠토토 (20) is a native of Gwangju who attended Gwangju Daeseong Elementary School, Dongseong Middle School and Dongseong High School. However, one surprising fact is discovered. When only Incheon comes, he hits and runs even more relentlessly. On the 1st, the match against Incheon SSG also flew with 3 hits, 1 RBI, 1 steal and 3 points in 4 at-bats.
To Kim Do-yeong, Incheon has no choice but to have special memories. After debuting in the 2022 season, his first hit came on April 9 against Incheon SSG. Even the pitcher was Kim Gwang-hyun, who had just returned from the major leagues. Kim Do-young, who was silent for 5 consecutive games with the opening, met Kim Gwang-hyun and scored 2 hits and even recorded his first multi-hit in his debut.
Kim Do-young played 5 games for Incheon in the 2022 season. He went 5-for-16 (2 home runs) with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Incheon SSG Landers Field was the second best stadium after Busan with a batting average of 0.357 in 6 games. In fact, 2022 was a grueling first season as a backup infielder. In Gwangju, his batting average was 0.229 in 56 games. However, when I came to Incheon, I healed properly.
This season got off to a bad start. On April 1st and 2nd, KIA played two opening matches against SSG in Incheon. Kim Do-young, who has already changed dramatically from last year, warmed up with 1 hit in 5 at-bats in the opening game. And in the second game, he went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 run.
However, the first goal on this day was the goal of fighting spirit. He suffered a metatarsal fracture in the rush home and was sidelined for about three months. Incheon seemed to become a heartbreaking city for Kim Do-young this year, but after his return, it became the ‘promised land’ again.
It was on the 5th of July. On this day, Kim Do-young hit a home run for the first time in his career. It was also the day when the full batting line made its debut with the addition of Kim Tae-gun. It was also a four-hit game recorded twice this season. Afterwards, he added 3 hits in the game on the 1st.
Kim Do-young is 22 at-bats, 13 hits, 2 homers, 5 RBIs, 8 points and 3 steals in 5 games in Incheon this season. 18 hits in 38 at-bats, batting average of 0.474, 4 homers, 7 RBIs, 11 runs scored and 3 stolen bases in 10 games. Now, even though he has accumulated quite a few specimens, he shows off a crazy sense of hitting close to the 50th.
SSG Landers Field is a hitter-friendly stadium. However, it is true that it is interesting that Kim Do-young plays well when he comes to Incheon consistently since last year. Actually, there may be no particular reason. It’s because I always try to hit well in other stadiums as well as in Incheon.
For reference, Kim Do-young this season is next to Incheon with a batting average of 0.429 in Pohang (3 games, 2 RBIs, 6 runs), a batting average in Busan of 0.364 (3 games, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), a batting average of 0.273 in Changwon (3 games, 1 RBI, 2 runs), and Gwangju batting average. 0.261 (21 games, 10 RBIs, 19 points, 9 steals), Suwon batting average 0.250 (5 games, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, 2 steals), Jamsil batting average 0.214 (3 games), and Daegu batting average 0.167 (1 run).
Following the 2nd and 3rd, KIA will also have away matches against SSG in Incheon on September 30th and October 1st. There are 4 games left.