‘Watch out for the tidal wave at the plate’
Doosan dropped a 5-1 decision against the Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on April 21. Doosan remained in fourth place, two games behind fifth-place SSG.
The batters performed evenly. Cho also shined. He started in the No. 9 spot in right field. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
With the bases loaded in the second inning, he was retired on a fielder’s choice. In the fifth inning, he led off with a bunt single in front of the catcher. On a throwing error by the opposing catcher, Kang Min-ho, Cho sprinted to first base. He reached third base. With the bases loaded, Jung Soo-bin singled home Cho. The score was 3-1.
He led off the seventh inning again. He singled to left field. Samsung starter David Buchanan was pulled from the mound. He was unable to capitalize on the hit. Cho ended her at-bat in the ninth inning with a single to left field.
For the season, Cho is batting .224 (165-for-37) with one home run, 13 RBIs, a .295 on-base percentage, and a .261 slugging percentage. However, his second half has been spectacular. In 39 games, he hit .293 (24-for-82) with eight RBIs. In August, he hit .270 (10-for-37) with four RBIs in 17 games.
In September, he hit .342 (13-for-38) with four RBIs in 15 games. In his last 10 games, he’s batting even higher at .355 (31-for-11). Recorded multiple hits in five games.
Frequently gets on base with bunt singles and infield hits. 레고토토 Rattled opposing defenses with his quick feet. Hard to stop even when you know and prepare for it. He is increasing his value based on his strengths at the plate. He also produces runs on a regular basis.
“When I step up to the plate, I know that the opposing corner infielders are coming forward. Whenever that happens, I try different ways to shake the opponent’s infield.” “Coach Jung Soo-sung teaches me various know-how such as bunting. It helps me a lot,” he smiled.
He is not yet at the stage where he can give himself a passing grade: “My personal record is improving as I continue to play, but I can never be satisfied. “I’ve been playing consistently lately, but I need to improve (my performance) even more to become a starter,” he said. “However, my goal is the same whether I’m playing as a runner or a defender, and I want to contribute to the team’s victory regardless of my role.
Doosan is in a tight mid-table race. “Our team doesn’t let our spirits drop and we want to win at all costs, and that’s the Doosan Bears I know. We all share the mindset that we can win.” “Our recent run has been possible because we’re all together. I will do my best to contribute as much as I can.”