A desperate escape from an eight-game losing streak… but the unthinkable happened to the hapless Legion of Heroes.
We’re one win away from ending our eight-game losing streak. The mood in the Kiwoom Heroes dugout could not have been more subdued.
Kiwoom had won the away game against the Lotte Giants 5-3 at Sajik Stadium in Busan on April 22. They narrowly halted their losing streak at eight games, which they had been on since the end of the first half.
The Giants scored four runs in the first inning to show their determination to end the losing streak. After scoring four runs in the first inning, they gave up runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but in the seventh inning, Kim Hye-sung’s triple and Lee Jung-hoo’s RBI single drove in a run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Lotte leadoff hitter Kim Min-seok singled up the middle. The center fielder caught the ball and threw it to the infield. Up until this point, things were looking good.
Yoon Dong-hee batted, and a first-pitch strike went in. That’s when Lee signaled to the bench. Lee limped over and looked at his foot.
A trainer rushed to the field, and Lee explained his injury. He couldn’t walk properly. He was subbed out for center fielder Lim Byung-wook.
After coming into the dugout, Lee was helped off the field.
“He suffered a pain in his left ankle during the defense process, so he was replaced,” explained a Kiwoom official. We will ice it and see how it goes. After that, we will decide whether to go to the hospital.
Kiwoom secured the win with the bases loaded in the eighth and runners on first and second in the ninth.
Despite snapping a brutal losing streak, this game was the last thing Keum wanted to see.
Kiwoom has had a string of bad luck this season. The biggest one is injuries. Veteran pitcher Won Jong-hyun, a free agent signing, was declared “out for the season” with an elbow injury, Lim Ji-yeol, who was expected to be a force in the batting order, was also out with an injury, and Russell, a foreign hitter, was forced out with a wrist injury and eventually replaced.
Just when they needed a break, it rained across the country, but they played without a break due to the ‘Gochuk effect’. In the end, they had to play 88 games, the most of any of the 10 teams. That’s 11 games more than the KIA Tigers, who played the fewest.
Lee was named MVP last year after winning five batting titles (batting average, hits, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and RBI). He struggled early in the season, batting just 2-for-8 in April, but has since found his groove, batting 3-for-9 in the month. In the month of July, Lee went 4-for-3, and was on fire with three hits against Lotte on the 22nd before going down with an injury.바카라사이트
Ki was looking to build on his upward momentum after snapping an eight-game losing streak, but the news of Lee’s injury, which came out of nowhere, only made the sky seem more grim.