Will he respond with three straight home runs?
Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop started free agent infielder Park Joon-young at shortstop for the 15th game of the series against the KIA Tigers at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on April 18.
Doosan’s starting lineup is Jung Soo-bin (center fielder), Rojas (designated hitter), Yang Suk-hwan (first baseman), Yang Yang-ji (catcher), Kang Seung-ho (second baseman), Kim In-tae (left fielder), Heo Kyung-min (third baseman), Park Jun-young (shortstop), and Cho Su-hyun (right fielder).
Lee is having a lot of fun with Park Jun-young in the Gwangju series. In the first game of the series against KIA on April 15, he came in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning with the score 5-6 and hit a solo home run to tie the game.
In the 17th game, the team dropped Kim Jae-hwan, who was struggling with his hitting, and used Park Jun-young as the No. 8 hitter. He led off the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead and hit a solo shot to left field off the tricky Thomas Pannoni to win the game.안전놀이터
Park started Jun-young at shortstop in place of veteran shortstop Kim Jae-ho.
Lee said, “Jun-young will play shortstop and third base. When Kim Jae-ho and Heo Kyung-min were struggling, he played like an altar boy. After his pinch-hit home run on the first day, it was a waste to use him as the eighth outfielder yesterday. He was in good shape against Panoni, so I sent him out.”
“Today, we’re playing Jun-young at shortstop to rest Jae-ho. He’s in the best shape, so it’s a natural fit for him to play.”
For the second day in a row, Kim In-tae played left field without Kim Jae-hwan. “In-tae has been good lately. Jae-hwan is not in perfect shape, so In-tae goes first,” he explained.