Doosan foreign hitter Jose Rojas cited his rivalry with LG as the secret to his consecutive home runs.
The Doosan Bears won 4-3 in the 12th game of the season against the LG Twins of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 29th. Doosan, ranked 4th, took the lead in the three-game Chuseok match and escaped the last two consecutive losses and five consecutive losses against LG, recording 68 wins, 2 draws, and 60 losses on the season. The lead against 5th place SSG was again 3 games.
Rojas started as left fielder No. 3 and contributed to the victory by going 2 hits (2 home runs) in 4 at-bats and hitting 3 RBIs. He hit his second consecutive home run on the KBO stage against LG’s 12-win LG ace Lim Chan-gyu, who has been in good spirits recently.
He drew an arch from the first at-bat. He balanced the score by hitting a two-run home run with one out and one baseman in the first inning when the team was behind 0-2. At a ball count of 2B-2S, he targeted LG starter Lim Chan-gyu’s outside high change-up (130km) on the 5th pitch, and recorded his 16th home run of the season in 8 games since the Gwangju KIA game on the 18th.
Rojas didn’t stop. With the score tied at 2-2, he appeared in the third inning with no runners on base and one out, and hit a come-from-behind solo home run against Lim Chan-gyu. After preempting the 3B-1S advantageous count, he caught the high 5th pitch fastball (142km) and hit it over the right fence. It was the 21st home run of the KBO League season, the 1,167th in total, and the second individual home run in consecutive hits. Rojas hit his first consecutive home run in his debut against Suwon KT on May 20th.
Rojas said after the game, “It’s not easy to hit a home run, but it feels good to hit two in a row. “More than anything, that home run contributed to the team’s victory,” he said. “I knew it right away because it felt good the moment it hit.” “He approaches every at-bat with the thought that if he always hits the ball hard, the results will follow, and it went according to plan,” he said with satisfaction.메이저사이트
Until this day, Doosan had been on a 5-game losing streak against rival LG. Their record against their opponents this season was absolutely inferior, with 2 wins and 9 losses. On this day, starter Choi Won-jun allowed two runs in the first inning and the game got off to an uneasy start, but Rojas brought the momentum to the game with two home runs. Coach Lee Seung-yeop also said, “I want to praise Rojas’ home run. “It could have been a difficult game as we lost the first run in the first inning, but Rojas hit back-to-back home runs and changed the atmosphere,” he said, giving a thumbs up.
Rojas said, “We were aware that our performance this season against LG was poor. “I tried to focus more because I knew well about the relationship between the two teams,” he said. “The team’s confidence as a whole has increased.” “The fact that I approached it with the mindset that I could win against anyone led to good results,” he said, sharing the secret to consecutive home runs.
With the win that day, Doosan extended its lead over 5th place SSG to 3 games, further increasing its chances of making the postseason for the first time in 2 years. Rojas said, “Doosan can definitely go to the fall baseball game this year. “I will do my best every day with the determination to show only good things to my fans until the end of fall,” he said with a solemn determination.