Home run overcomes October slump to clinch PO…Martin says, “I’m glad I had a good showing in PS”
NC foreign-born hitter Jason Martin hit the decisive blow that finally tied up the semifinals.
Martin started in center field at No. 4 against SSG Landers in the third game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League postseason semifinals at Changwon NC Park on Friday and hit a three-run home run to lead the team to a 7-6 victory and clinch a spot in the playoffs. On the day, 바카라사이트 Martin was named the Daily MVP of Game 3 of the semifinals after going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Martin’s last home run came on October 8 against SSG, but it was his first and last home run of October. It was his second home run of October in fall ball.
In the Wild Card Game, he was still finding his groove in the semifinals. He went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI in Game 1 and 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI in Game 2. He even had a double.
Then came the long-awaited Game 3. Martin finally got his frustrations out and his thirst quenched. In fact, he was the reason for the big inning in the first inning.
NC had runners on first and second with no outs in the first inning after Son Asub and Park Min-woo hit back-to-back singles, but Park Gun-woo hit a grounder to the third baseman, leaving both runners out. A triple would have put the game out of reach.
But in the next at-bat, Martin singled to right to put runners on second and third. He then stole second, and NC then capitalized on Kwon Hee-dong’s RBI single to take a three-run lead in the first inning.
However, the game did not go smoothly. Tanner was shaky and gave up five runs in the top of the second, including a grand slam to Choi Jung.
Needing to get back into the game, Park Gun-woo singled to cut the deficit to 4-5 and bring Martin back to the plate. Then, in the bottom of the second inning, when the score was 4-5, Martin hit a three-run home run off the bat of Noh Kyung-eun, who was the key to SSG’s comeback, to lead the comeback to 7-5. The win clinched a spot in the playoffs in Suwon. Here’s a one-on-one with Martin.