1 run in 7 innings in the starting lineup→7 runs in 1 inning in the bullpen…Lotte Shock’s reverse loss, Sutton’s hopes crushed
“We reset in the second team, and now we’re ready.”
Even the expectations of recruiting were crushed. Lotte Giants in crisis. Is there an answer to the shocking upset?
Lotte suffered an unbelievable loss against the SSG Landers in Incheon on April 17. The Giants took a 5-1 lead into the top of the eighth inning, thanks to early runs and a seven-inning, one-run performance from starter Park Se-woong. Meanwhile, SSG’s bats were stuck in a rut. The tide of the game was already turning in Lotte’s favor, and SSG was in deep defeat.토토사이트
But in the bottom of the eighth inning, the tables turned. As soon as Park Se-woong went down in the seventh inning, the bullpen was activated, and the bullpen collapsed. In the bottom of the eighth, Kim Jin-wook, Koo Seung-min, and Kim Won-joong came on in order, but three pitchers gave up consecutive runs. Hwak-geun walked. A walk loaded the bases, and a wild pitch allowed a run to score, giving SSG the lead.
With two outs, reliever Kim Won-joong came in and gave up a walk and a single, his worst outing since opening the season. Park Se-woong single-handedly held Lotte to one run in the seventh inning, but four different pitchers gave up seven runs in the remaining innings. The loss was their fourth straight. The game epitomized Lotte’s recent struggles.
Prior to the game, Lotte made a change in the batting order after Jung Hoon was ruled out with a side injury. The change in batting order worked to some extent, as Go Seung-min made his first appearance at the top of the order and reached base four times with one hit and three walks. However, the bullpen was the problem this time. After calling up Kim Jin-wook and Kim Sang-soo before the game, manager Larry Sutton said, “They’ve reset in the second team, and they’re ready to go,” but those hopes were dashed when Kim couldn’t throw his stuff.
Lotte’s four-game losing streak was confirmed. The fourth place is now in jeopardy. Lotte’s momentum, which had risen to the top of the standings, was completely lost. The bullpen has also collapsed in the face of a stagnant batting lineup, showing no sign of its early-season strength.