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Infielder toughs out pain for key RBI, run in postseason game

All Headlines 17:49 October 09, 2019

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- LG Twins second baseman Jung Ju-hyeon helped his club stay alive in the ongoing Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) postseason on Wednesday, driving in the team's first run and scoring the go-ahead run late in a 4-2 victory over the Kiwoom Heroes.

And to think: for a moment early in the game, it looked as though Jung wouldn't even get to bat in this game.

Jung Ju-hyeon of the LG Twins celebrates his RBI single against the Kiwoom Heroes in the bottom of the second inning during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series in the Korea Baseball Organization at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 9, 2019. (Yonhap)

The Twins had dropped the first two games of this best-of-five series, and they were already down 1-0 with two outs in the top of the first inning, when Jung slid hard into the fence along the first base line, trying to grab a foul fly.

Jung stayed down on the ground in obvious pain, as a team trainer worked on his left knee. After a few moments, though, Jung got back to his feet and walked back to his position.

The collision with the wall clearly had no effect on Jung the rest of the game. With the Twins trailing 2-0 in the bottom second, Jung slashed the deficit in half with a two-out single up the middle.

Jung was at the center of a pivotal moment in this game in the bottom eight, when the score was tied at 2-2.

He led off that inning with a hit that bounced off the right field wall. Right fielder Jerry Sands tried to grab the ball off the carom with his bare hand but bobbled it, allowing Jung to reach third on what should have been a double.

Jung scored on a sacrifice fly by the next batter, Oh Ji-hwan.

At the plate, Jung went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Jung looked smooth on the field after his first inning play, as he handled four groundballs and one line drive with ease.

Jung Ju-hyeon of the LG Twins celebrates after scoring a run against the Kiwoom Heroes in the bottom of the seventh inning during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series in the Korea Baseball Organization at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 9, 2019. (Yonhap)

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