The Korean Baseball Organization’s Hanwha, which was on the verge of breaking into the middle of the pack, is now in last place. They dropped all three games against Doosan. The gap to eighth place isn’t that big, so it seems like they can catch up anytime soon, but they keep hanging their heads at crucial moments.
Hanwha lost 2-1 against Doosan at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 8. After scoring two runs in the first inning, Hanwha was locked down by Doosan starter Raul Alcantara. From the first to the eighth inning, the team managed only two hits. At this point, Hanwha hadn’t even reached second base. Alcantara shut down the Hanwha offense in eight innings of two-hit ball, striking out 10 and walking none.
Hanwha didn’t capitalize until after Alcantara went down. In the bottom of the ninth, Kim Tae-yeon, Moon Hyun-bin, and Jung Eun-won singled to load the bases. At the plate was the red-hot Noh Si-hwan. In the three-game series against Doosan, Noh went 7-for-8 with seven RBIs.
However, he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Chae Eun-sung, who came in afterward, was unable to deliver the big hit the team needed. Hanwha has now lost three straight games. After a losing series against Samsung in a three-game series last week, Hanwha has lost three in a row and hasn’t been able to climb out of last place.
Hanwha is in need of a foreign bat to give their batting lineup a boost. Aside from Noh Si-hwan and Chae Eun-sung, Hanwha doesn’t have any scary players, so opposing pitchers aren’t giving them good pitches. Having a foreigner in the batting order would take some of the pressure off Noh and Chae. Bringing in an outfielder would also ease the pressure on the defense. In this game, rookie Moon Hyun-bin was playing outfield defense and made a mistake by not being able to handle a simple fly ball. Moon is a rookie who joined Hanwha as an infielder, but is often asked to play outfield defense due to team needs. 먹튀검증
“We had several foreign batting candidates and contacted them, but there were several cases where teams, agents, and players were reluctant to come to Korea,” said a Hanwha representative. “We are currently finalizing two foreign outfielders.” “It is difficult to confirm the exact timing of the signing as there are still some procedures to be completed,” he said, “but we are working to put together a complete batting lineup as soon as possible.”