Kang Min-ho substituted for Kim Dong-yeop in the top of the fifth inning…”to protect the players”

Samsung’s ‘Anbang Manim’ Kang Min-ho (38) was substituted after suffering a finger injury during the game. It was for player protection.

Kang Min-ho went 0-for-1 as the No. 4 designated hitter in the second game of the Classic Series against Lotte in the 2023 KBO regular season at Sajik Stadium on Monday.

He laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the first inning and hit a grounder to third base in the top of the second before being removed from the game in the top of the fifth inning when pinch-hitter Kim Dong-yeop entered the game.

In the top of the second inning, with runners on first and third, he faced Lee In-bok in a five-pitch battle. With a 1-2 count, he fouled off four pitches and hit a grounder to third base on the fifth pitch.

That’s when something happened to his right thumb. His fingers were ringing as he hit a bad pitch. Although he is an essential player for the team, he decided to prioritize protection. In the top of the fifth inning, Kim Dong-yeop came in as a pinch hitter.바카라

A Samsung representative said, “Kang Min-ho’s right thumb rang during the batting process. It’s not serious. We replaced him to protect the player.”

This season, Kang Min-ho had batted .309 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs, a .373 on-base percentage, a .475 slugging percentage, and an OPS of 0.848 in 60 games. He’s doing his part even when the bats are struggling.

Meanwhile, the game is tied 5-5 between Samsung and Lotte. Samsung scored two runs in the first, two in the second, and one in the third to take a 5-1 lead, but a series of errors in the bottom of the fourth led to four unearned runs and a tie.

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