LG Twins solidify their ‘dominance’ by beating SSG Landers for the second straight day.
LG swept SSG 11-2 in a visiting game of the Baseball World Series 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on April 19.
The day before, the game had been decided in 12 extra innings (LG won 8-4), but this time, the game was tilted in LG’s favor early on.
LG extended its lead in the standings, while SSG dropped to third place with its fifth straight loss.
KT WIZ, who defeated the Hanwha Eagles on the day, moved into second place for the first time in four months after April 8 (when they were 3-1).
While the battle for second place has intensified, the ‘first place system’ was further solidified by LG’s back-to-back wins against SSG.
After taking the lead in the bottom of the second inning, LG turned the tables in the top of the third, scoring five runs against SSG ace Kim Kwang-hyun.
With no outs and runners on first and second, Park Hae-min and Hong Chang-gi doubled to put runners on second and third. Shin Min-jae followed with a two-run double to right field.
After Kim Hyun-soo singled to right, Austin Dean walked and stole second, and Park Dong-won grounded out to shortstop to put runners on second and third, LG added another run on Moon Sung-joo’s double to left-center to make it 5-1.
LG pounded out 16 hits on the day, including five runs in the eighth inning on four hits and an error, to break down the SSG mound.
Kim Kwang-hyun took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings.
In front of a sellout crowd of 23,000, SSG suffered its fifth straight loss in three years and first since September 2020 (when it lost seven straight).
SSG outfielder Choi Ji-hoon was ejected in the bottom of the sixth inning for an “unspoken protest” in which he dropped his bat and went into the dugout after a swinging call.
LG starter Lim Chan-kyu pitched five innings of six-hit ball to earn his 10th win of the season (2-2) and regain the title of “10-win pitcher” for the first time in three years since 2020 (10-9).
KT won 5-4 in extra innings against Hanwha in Daejeon.
KT, which was ranked 10th until June 5, has been on a magical run, climbing to second place in 75 days.
The teams traded home runs until the middle of the game.
KT took a 2-1 lead with solos from Anthony Alford in the fourth and Oh Yoon-seok in the fifth, but Hanwha answered with a three-run shot in the fifth, Noh Si-hwan’s 29th of the season, with runners on first and second and third, to make it 4-2.
In the seventh inning, however, KT tied the game at 4-4 when Kim Min-hyuk singled to left and Oh Yoon-seok doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third with no outs.
From there, the defense shined.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the KT center fielder picked off Choi Jae-hoon’s line drive to left-center field.
In the top of the 10th inning, he led off with a double to left field and stole third base. Kim Sang-soo followed with a triple to right-center field to score the winning run.
The Doosan Bears and Kia Tigers are tied for fifth place after restoring their five-win percentage.
Doosan snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the NC Dinos in a nightcap.
The Bears were dealt a blow when starter Choi Seung-yong left the game in the top of the third inning with a blister on his left middle finger, and Jung Soo-bin left the game early with an injury, but the Bears rode the strength of veteran Kim Jae-ho.
Kim Jae-ho, who played in his 41st KBO game and 1,400th career game, hit a two-run double down the right field line with runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth inning.
To add insult to injury, NC lost despite getting ace Eric Peddy (six innings, four hits, two runs).
KIA came from behind to beat the Samsung Lions 6-5 in Gwangju.
After falling behind 1-5, including a three-run homer by Samsung’s Koo Ja-rook, KIA scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to turn the game around.
After Socrates Brito’s double and Kim Sun-bin’s infield single, KIA scored a run on Lee Chang-jin’s grounder to shortstop. Samsung shortstop Kim Dong-jin made a throwing error to first base, allowing Lee to stay at first base.
Kia manager Kim Jong-kook brought up left-handed pinch-hitter Ko Jong-wook to bat for Kim Tae-gun, but when Samsung switched pitchers to left-handed Lee Jae-ik, he brought up right-handed hitter Lee Woo-sung.
In the KBO, the pitcher must face at least one batter, but the pinch-hitter can be replaced again without even stepping up to the plate.
Lee took a two-seam fastball from Lee Jae-ik and launched a two-run shot over the left field wall.
It was KIA’s 4,500th home run in franchise history (second in KBO history).
Kim Do-young followed with a triple to center field, and Park Chan-ho tied the game at 5-5 with a single up the middle.
The next batter, Choi Won-joon, singled to right and Park advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to center field by Na Sung-beom. KIA took the lead for good at 6-5.
The last-place Kiwoom Heroes defeated the Lotte Giants 5-2 at home in Gocheok-dome.
It’s the first time since August that Kiwoom has won back-to-back games and the first time in 27 days since a two-game sweep of Busan Lotte on July 22-23.
Ahn Woo-jin, who was recalled from the first team on the nine-day disabled list, earned his eighth win of the season (seven starts) with six innings of four-hit ball, three walks and two strikeouts.
Closer Lim Chang-min, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, 카지노사이트넷 earned his 20th save of the season. It is the first time in six years that Lim has recorded 20 saves in a season since 2017 (29 saves) with the NC.