Lim Ji-yeol (28) shined on this day as well. Kiwoom Heroes new stealer Lim Ji-yeol hit a dramatic come-from-behind grand slam to put the brakes on the Giants’ advance.
The Kiwoom Heroes pulled off a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Lotte Giants in the fifth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Monday. The result snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 20 wins (28 losses) on the season.
Lim Ji-yeol (28) was the star of the victory. Coming off the bench, he went 1-for-1 with a home run, four RBIs, and one walk to lead the team out of a four-game losing streak.
Lim, who started the game off the bench, came in for Kim Jun-wan at third base in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing 1-5, and drew a walk to set up Kim Hye-sung’s RBI single to center field.
The highlight was his second at-bat. Trailing 5-7 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Lim hit a dramatic come-from-behind grand slam to turn the game around. After drawing a favorable 2B-1S count, Lim took a 140-kilometer fastball from Lotte’s Yoon Myung-jun for his first career grand slam.
After the game, Lim said, “I just tried to do what I could, and it turned out well. As soon as I hit it, I knew it would be good. The team was on a losing streak, so I wanted to focus on winning, and I feel good that I was able to help,” he said with a smile. 메이저사이트
“It’s not so much that it’s a grand slam, but that it’s a home run that can end a losing streak,” said Lim, who was asked about the feeling of hitting a grand slam for the first time since his professional debut.
Lim joined Kiwoom’s predecessor organization, Nexen, in 2014, and is known as a “god-stealer” who delivers powerful one-hit wonders in every game. His performance in the last two years is particularly impressive. Last year, he hit home runs in the semifinals, playoffs, and Korean Series, showing that he is strong in big games, and this year, he hit his first career game-winning home run in the NC on the 13th.
“I feel like I’m a little bit of a star,” Lim said with a cool smile, adding, “It’s true that the team’s mood has been a little bit down lately because we’ve been losing, but I hope my home run will give my teammates a little more strength, and I hope it will be an opportunity for the team to rebound.”