He came back hotter and stronger.
Kiwoom Heroes Edison Russell started as the designated hitter No. 4 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League SSG Landers match held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 23rd, and recorded 4 at-bats, 3 hits, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, and 2 points, flying wildly.
Russell, who started as the lead batter in the second inning, kicked up opponent starter Oh Won-seok’s 141km/h fastball and scored a heavy hit. In the 4th inning, he pushed Oh Won-seok’s first pitch, 142km/h fastball, from the first base without sacrificing, and produced a hit that landed next to the right fielder.
After that, Russell’s base play was amazing. In a chance with a bases loaded, Lee Ji-young hit a ground ball, and the first baseman who caught the ball stepped on the first base and threw it to the catcher. Rushing home, Russell exquisitely avoided catcher Cho Hyung-woo’s glove tag and then set foot on the home base. After a video review, Russell’s play was ruled safe. A witty run made an extra point.
Russell, who had been withdrawn in the 5th inning with a fly ball from center fielder, faced right-hander Lee Rowoon in the 7th inning with 2 out and 1st base, and scored a goal by picking out a walk. Afterwards, Kim Tae-jin went to base due to a catch error by third baseman, Russell advanced to second base, and scored again when Kim Hui-jip hit.
It was the final blow that peaked. In the 8th inning when the team was trailing 4-6 with 2 outs and bases loaded, Russell stood at bat and pushed right-hander Choi Min-joon’s 143km/h cutter to bring two runners home. Russell, who turned the game around, roared at the bench and was delighted. He showed his best performance of the year, completing his second three-hit game of the season. 먹튀검증
Russell, who joined the Hero Corps after three years, is showing off his improved hitting ability this season. He played in 16 games and had a batting average of 0.356, 1 home run, 14 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.864. The recent rise is scary. He has written multi-hits three times in the last four games, and following the first arch of the season on the 22nd, he swung three hits this time.
But Russell couldn’t laugh at the end. Kiwoom suffered a 7-9 defeat after a bloody battle despite Russell’s hard hit. If Kiwoom had won the game that day, the spotlight was definitely on Russell.