Austin explodes for three-run homer in third

LG Twins’ Austin Dean (30) hits a three-run home run in the first inning.

Austin started the third game of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL Korea Series (best-of-seven)’ against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday as the No. 4 first baseman.

In the top of the first inning, after Hong Chang-ki’s single and Park Hae-min’s sacrifice bunt loaded the bases, Kim popped out to center field. Austin stepped up to the plate with two outs, but struck out.

Austin’s disappointing first at-bat was quickly followed by a chance to make up for it. In the top of the third inning, with both teams tied at 0-0, 온라인카지노 Hong Chang-ki singled and Park Hae-min drew a walk to put runners on first and second. After a walk to Kim Hyun-soo put runners on second and third, Austin took a four-pitch, 147-kilometer-per-hour fastball from KT starter Wes Benjamin and smashed it over the left-field fence for a leadoff three-run home run. It was Austin’s first home run of the postseason.

In 139 games this season, Austin batted .301 (163-for-520) with 23 home runs, 95 RBIs and an .893 OPS. He continued to hit well in the Korean Series, going 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBIs in two games. Against Benjamin, he struggled all season. In the regular season, he was just 9-for-11 with one home run against Benjamin. But when it mattered most, he made up for it with a cool home run against Benjamin.

LG took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

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