One shot away from a historic disgrace record…the No. 4 hitter’s hope cannon in defeat
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Daejeon Hanwha Life Eagles Park on the 24th. This is what Choi Won-ho had to say when asked about Noh Si-hwan, who had gone hitless in eight consecutive games the day before.
Before this game, Noh had gone hitless in 40 consecutive at-bats. After getting a hit in his fourth at-bat against SSG in Incheon on the 13th, he didn’t get a single hit until the 23rd against KIA in Daejeon. He drew six walks in that span, but struck out eight times. When he did get a good hit, it was often right in front of the plate, and the hits were few and far between.
The KBO’s single-season record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit is 47, set by Yoo Yu-hwan in 1983, the first year of professional baseball. At 4-5 at-bats per game, that’s 9-10 consecutive games without a hit. It’s not easy to achieve such a streak in modern baseball, which is much more competitive than it was back then.
“In terms of his batting, there is no problem with his balance,” Choi said. “Even in yesterday’s (23rd) game, he drew two walks,” Choi said, highlighting the positive aspects.
He also introduced a conversation he had with commentator Lee Dae-hyung, who visited the stadium that day. Lee holds the KBO’s second-longest single-season hitless streak (43 consecutive at-bats without a hit). Choi said, “I asked him, and he said, ‘It’s better to keep him in the batting order. If I don’t think it’s right, I’ll talk to him first,'” Choi said, predicting that “if he gets a chance, there will definitely be a time when he rebounds.”
Noh Si-hwan was also unable to find a rebounding point against KIA on the 24th. In his first at-bat against KIA starter Yoon Young-chul, he grounded out to shortstop. In his second at-bat, with runners on first and second, he hit a well-hit ball to left-center field, but it didn’t escape the glove of KIA’s Socrates Brito. In his third at-bat, he drew a walk to load the bases. Hanhwa’s no-hit streak seemed to continue as he was hit by a two-run homer off Socrates in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied at 1-1, and gave up another run in the top of the ninth.토토사이트
However, Noh was able to rebound in the end. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, he faced Kia reliever Jung Hae-young and lined a high-course 140-kilometer fastball from 2B1S. The pitch, which stretched out to left field, had the makings of a home run. A 120-meter solo shot to left field. It was his first hit in 44 at-bats, and his first in 10 games since his last at-bat against SSG in Incheon on Dec. 12.
Hanwha has boasted the strongest mound in May thanks to the recent performances of its starting and bullpen pitchers. However, the team’s batting average and OPS are last in the league. Free agent Chae Eun-sung has anchored the middle of the order, but Noh Si-hwan’s struggles in the No. 4 spot have been analyzed as a stumbling block. Noh’s home run, which broke a streak of consecutive hitless games, was significant not only for him but also for Hanwha.