4-for-4 after returning from injury. This is why we waited for Guzauk.
The Samsung Lions defeated the second-place SSG Landers to clinch the ‘Winning Series’. Samsung won 6-5 against SSG in Daegu on the 27th. They finished the three-game midweek series with a 2-1 record.
At the center of it all was Koo Ja-rook. Koo was on fire throughout the three-game series. After a two-hit “multi-hit” game on the first day, she followed it up with a four-hit performance, including two doubles, two RBIs, and one run scored. Despite the team’s loss, it was Guzauk’s first four-hit game of the season.
It didn’t stop there. In the 27th game, he was a presence at every plate. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the first inning, Koo lined a 2b2s single to right field against SSG starter Kim Kwang-hyun. The hit gave Samsung the lead for good.
Shortly after giving up a 2-2 tie, another run came, this time a home run. Facing Kim Kwang-hyun again with one out in the bottom of the third, Koo didn’t hesitate to take a four-pitch, 116-kilometer slider high in the 2B1S and send it over the right field fence. It was his fourth home run of the season, his first in more than two months since May 20. With Koo’s home run, Samsung regained the lead.
After drawing a walk in his third at-bat of the fourth inning, Koo struck again in his fourth at-bat of the sixth. After Samsung tied the game at 4-4, Koo stepped up to the plate.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Kim Dong-jin, Kim Hyun-joon, and Lee Jae-hyun hit consecutive singles. The bases were loaded with one out. Facing Baek Seung-gun, Koo aimed for a first-pitch slider, and it landed in front of the left-field fence. A throwing error by the opposing left fielder, Guillermo Heredia, allowed two runners to cross the plate with time to spare, and Koo moved to second base. Samsung took a 6-4 lead. It was Koo’s final hit of the day. 먹튀검증
Koo, who signed a massive five-year, 12 billion won contract ahead of the 2022 season, suffered a hamstring injury in early June and missed the entire month. However, he quickly recovered and returned to the first team in early July, leading the Samsung batting lineup with a batting average of over .413.
Samsung may be in last place, but their recent offense has shown enough strength to make a run at the title. And then there’s Koo Ja-rook. Coach Park Jin-man welcomed the healthy performance, saying, “The presence of Koo in the batting lineup can be intimidating to opponents.”