You have your first career three-hit game. He’s running for second base, not the leadoff spot.
Shin Min-jae (LG Twins) started at second base in the ninth spot in the lineup against the SSG Landers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Monday at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, South Korea, and went 3-for-5 with a home run, one RBI, one run scored, two doubles, and a triple. He raised his season batting average to .307.
Shin Min-jae led off the third inning with an infield single. After Hong Chang-ki was walked, Moon Sung-joo laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. However, Kim Hyun-soo struck out and Austin Dean grounded out to the second baseman to end the threat.
After striking out in his second at-bat, Shin Min-jae got his chance in the top of the sixth, trailing 2-6. With runners on first and second, he lined a single to right field. Shin Min-jae singled to load the bases, Hong Chang-ki reached on a grounder in front of the first baseman, and Choi Joo-hwan’s throwing error put two runners on base.
Trailing 4-6 in the top of the eighth, Shin Min-jae came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and lined a single to complete his first career three-hit game. Hong Chang-ki followed with a tying RBI triple and Kim Hyun-soo followed with an RBI single. LG capped off the comeback with an RBI single by Moon Bo-kyung in the ninth inning to win 8-6.
Shin Min-jae met with the media after the game and said of his three-hit game, “I knew it. I had two or three chances to get a three-hit game last time, but I didn’t get a hit, so I wasn’t disappointed, but it feels good to get three hits today.”
Shin also had a close call in the game. In the top of the sixth inning, trailing 4-6, with runners on first and second, Shin was caught stealing second base and the inning ended. “It’s easy to shake off (the situation),” he said. But it’s not good when it happens. I think I’ll remember it more for what I didn’t do than what I did well.”
Shin is batting .307 with three home runs, 20 RBIs and a .673 OPS this season. After getting just one at-bat in April, he got 26 at-bats in May and 59 in June. He is getting more and more opportunities at the plate. His June numbers are 50-for-13 with two doubles, eight RBIs, seven runs, seven stolen bases, five walks and a .260 OPS. 안전놀이터
Shin said, “I don’t really care about the results at the plate. I try to compete with the pitcher. At the beginning of the season, even if it was a ball or a strike, I wouldn’t hit it unless it was what I wanted, but lately, I’ve gotten better at swinging at bad pitches after two strikes. If I don’t get greedy, I think I’ll be just as good as I am now.”
When you’re a pinch-hitter or a leadoff man, you don’t get a lot of at-bats and you have to produce results at once, but when you’re a starter, you get a lot of at-bats. You only have to make a difference once in three or four at-bats. Shin Min-jae is also showing good results now that he is mentally relaxed.
“Before, I didn’t know when I was going to get one at-bat or two at-bats,