He reflected on the fact that he had competed for the batting title several times before, but failed to come out on top. He vowed to approach every at-bat without thinking about it, as thinking about it made him nervous and had a negative impact. Samsung’s Koo Ja-ook (30), who has been producing runs since June and has a 4-for-4 batting average in the second half of the season, had a perfect performance.안전놀이터
Against the Daegu LG on July 17, Koo went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the No. 3 hitter in right field. From a single up the middle in the first inning to a double up the middle in the third, a two-run shot to right in the fifth, and a single to right in the seventh, she had a hit in every at-bat to lead the team to a 4-2 victory.
Koo’s performance gave Samsung the series sweep and gave her triple-digit hits for the ninth straight year and raised her batting average to .341. After going 0-for-4 the previous day, Koo bounced back to lead the league in batting average. From a .364 average in June to a .377 average in July to a .417 average in August. With a .407 batting average in the second half of the season, he’s arguably the scariest hitter in the league right now.
Here’s what Guzauk had to say to the media.
-With your four hits today, you’ve gone over 100 hits for nine straight years. How does it feel?
It’s a bit embarrassing to reach 100 hits, which I should have done. It feels good, but I don’t really know how many hits I’ve gotten. It feels good to reach the milestone, but it feels even better to help the team win.
-I think it means a lot to get a hit and a home run when it counts.
In fact, I thought my luck for the month was over after going hitless yesterday, so I went into today’s game with a low-key attitude, and it seems like my luck has returned.
-You had a bad day yesterday, what was the cause?
I don’t know, Plutko threw a really good ball last time. I think I was a little impatient yesterday, so I thought my happy month was over, but today I got lucky again and got a hit from my first at-bat. I think I got a little bit of momentum.
-When I hit the home run, it didn’t look like I was putting any effort into it.
I didn’t expect a home run at all. It was (Kim) Sung-yoon at the plate, and I thought I could throw a fastball, so I just tried to hit it to center.
-How does it feel to be batting first again now?
I just think I’m the luckiest guy in the league. I actually don’t know what my batting average is right now. I don’t even look at the scoreboard during games. If I was batting first at the end of the season, I would care, but there are still more than 40 games left. I think 40 games is a lot. I’ve been in the batting title race before. You can’t be conscious of being the batting champion. The moment you become conscious of it, it breaks down.
-But I think I’ll still hope for good luck, like picking up trash.
I don’t keep records, but I try to do a lot of good things, good deeds. I don’t throw away trash at all.
-You’re often shown talking to head coach Lee Byung-gyu in the second half. Did he give you any advice today?
I’m getting a lot of know-how from him. You realize why your coach was so great when he was active. I keep getting good advice.
-You said you don’t look at the scores, but how long are you going to stop?
I don’t want to keep looking at it. I think it’s right to look at it with about five matches left.