Medina, a foreigner of KIA, started as a starter in the KIA-Hanwha match of the ‘2023 KBO League Demonstration Game’ held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the morning of the 14th.
In the bottom of the third inning, Hanwha Oh Seon-jin appeared as the lead batter. He yanked Medina’s third pitch, but the batted ball rolled slowly towards the third base line. Kia Medina sprinted toward the batted ball and caught the batted ball that rolled faster than third baseman Ryu Ji-hyeok.
After catching the ball, the center of gravity fell back and fell backwards, but he threw to first base perfectly. As he fell backwards, Medina fell to the floor. He had his eyes on first base.
When Oh Seon-jin was put out at first base, he smiled as he did two push-ups as if he was embarrassed that he had fallen.
Seeing this, Jihyeok Ryu encouraged Hosobi by slapping Medina’s butt. Medina, who caught the runner with a difficult defense, smiled broadly and headed back to the mound while talking with Ryu Ji-hyeok.
The broadcasters praised Medina’s defensive skills, saying, “Are you from an infielder? If you defend like that, the opposing team won’t be able to easily bunt.” 안전놀이터
KIA starter Adonis Medina recorded 4 hits (1 home run), 2 strikeouts and 3 runs in 3 innings. His best velocity came up to 152 km, and the number of pitches he threw was 62.
After Medina, Kia’s Yoon Joong-hyun, Lee Jun-young, Jeon Sang-hyun, Kim Dae-yu (1 walk), Kim Yu-shin (1 walk), and Jung Hae-young came up and kept the victory by neatly blocking one inning each.
With 12 hits, Kia avenged the previous day’s defeat by winning 8-3. Choi Hyung-woo hit two doubles, Kim Ho-ryeong had a multi-hit, Ryu Ji-hyeok and Kim Do-yeon had an RBI.