Hanwha third baseman Noh Si-hwan, 23, who was selected to the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, continued his shocking hitless streak against his hometown team.
Noh started the game against Sasik Lotte on the 13th as usual, batting in the center of the order at third base. However, he only managed to go 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk in the team’s 5-7 loss.
Opportunities kept coming for Noh on this day. Despite his 2-for-1 batting average with runners in scoring position this season, 스포츠토토 his presence and aura are unmistakable. On this day, however, he was unable to capitalize on any of his chances.
In the top of the first inning, with the bases loaded and no outs, he hit a grounder to center field. The ball was hit to right-center field, but it didn’t clear the outfield. He had to settle for a grounder to second base.
His second at-bat in the third inning was more of a contribution. Facing a 1-2 deficit, he capitalized on a walk to start the inning and later scored on a Chae Eun-sung single to left and a Choi Jae-hoon RBI double to give Hanwha a 3-2 lead.
From there, it was all downhill from there. After falling behind 6-3, they had runners on first and second with one out, but once again, they could only manage a fly ball to right field. Chae Eun-sung and Choi Jae-hoon followed with back-to-back singles to make it 6-5, but it could have been a big inning if Noh had gotten out of the jam. It was a disappointing inning.
In the eighth inning, with runners on first and second, Noh struck out again to end the game.
With this, Noh’s record against Lotte has dropped even further this season. He is now 8-for-24 with two doubles, one home run, one RBI, three walks, seven strikeouts, and a .393 OPS. Of the nine teams they’ve faced this season, they’ve had the worst results against Lotte.
On April 26, the first game of the season against Lotte was a different story. It had a strong ‘roonasang’ vibe to it. In his first at-bat in the first inning, he hit a home run against Straily, and in the third at-bat of the sixth inning, he singled against Han Hyun-hee.
But that’s as far as his good memories went. After his hit against Han Hyun-hee, he went hitless in 24 consecutive at-bats against Lotte. In the process, he drew only three walks and struck out seven. The bad memories are piling up for Lotte. With Noh’s silence, Hanwha is now 1-5 against Lotte.
The Busan native, who graduated from Busan Suyeongcho, Gyeongnam Middle, and Gyeongnam High, left his hometown after being selected by Hanwha with the third overall pick in the second round of the 2019 KBO draft. He has since settled in Daejeon, but has had a particularly disappointing showing against Lotte this year. In 51 games, he’s batting just 2-for-40 (182 at-bats) with five home runs, 24 RBIs, and an OPS of .628. When will Noh break his silence in front of his hometown team?