The “belly man” is back! A three-hit, three RBI comeback…and new life in the season-ending standings battle.

Guillermo Heredia (SSG Landers) 스포츠토토 played as the designated hitter 4 times in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom Heroes held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 30th, and made a big success with 3 hits, 3 RBIs and 2 points in 4 at bats.

The match that day was the comeback match for Heredia. Heredia was injured in the match against Suwon KT Wiz on the 3rd. Due to an iliopsoas muscle injury, he was canceled from the first team entry on the 4th. On the 29th, he was called up to the first team ahead of his first game of three consecutive matches against Kiwoom, but his return game was delayed by a day due to rain cancellation.

Heredia had 5 at-bats in 2 games in the Futures League before his return. The result was 2 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 strikeout and 1 run. Afterwards, he was called up to the first team and showed a tremendous sense of hitting.

In the bottom of the first inning, trailing 0-1, Heredia came out on his first at-bat with runners on 1st and 3rd base, and hit Ian McKinney with a timely hit after a game that went up to 7 pitches. Heredia’s batted ball landed in the outfield slightly over shortstop Kim Hui-jip’s height. Afterwards, Ha Jae-hoon’s 1 RBI and timely hit came out, and SSG succeeded in reversing.

Heredia came out as the lead batter at the end of the 3rd inning with a 3-2 lead and made a hit that escaped through the 3rd. Then, Park Seong-han hit 1st and 2nd base safely, and Ha Jae-hoon hit a 3-run home run. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Heredia again had a chance to score. Choi Ji-hoon hit a triple and Choi Jeong-a walked on base, and they became 1st, 1st and 3rd base. From the first pitch, Heredia boldly turned the bat and sent the ball into the outfield. With an RBI on a sacrifice fly, SSG ran away to 7-2.

At the end of the 5th inning, after 2 outs, the concentration of the SSG batters shone. Choo Shin-soo, Choi Ji-hoon, and Choi Jeong’s consecutive hits broke out. In the 2nd 1st and 3rd bases, Heredia made a ball that went to the left field and scored a double at the right time with 1 RBI. Afterwards, Park Seong-han and Ha Jae-hoon scored 6 hits in a row, widening the score to 11-2.

After that, SSG was chased by Kiwoom with 5 runs in the beginning of the 6th inning, but kept the lead until the end. In the last at-bat in the bottom of the 7th inning, Heredia retired with a fly ball to right field.

SSG is currently in 3rd place with 60 wins, 1 draw and 47 losses. The difference between the 2nd place KT is 1 game. With 36 games left, Heredia’s return is good news. From the first day he came back, he wielded a strong blow and breathed new life into SSG’s lineup. Attention is focusing on whether Heredia’s performance can be of great help in the ranking fight at the end of the season.

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