LG, Lotte in 6th place…5th place KT to 8th place Hanwha 2.5 game difference in the middle of the pack
After faltering in the second half of the season, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) leaders, the LG Twins, are back in high-flying form with a 2.5-game lead over second-place SSG Landers.바카라사이트
The 11-game winning streak of the Doosan Bears was snapped with a three-game losing streak, while the KT WIZ leapfrogged the Lotte Giants for fifth place. Fifth-place KT and eighth-place Hanwha Eagles are separated by just 2.5 games, making for a tight mid-table race heading into fall baseball.
LG rode a strong start from starter Casey Kelly and home runs from Austin Dean and Moon Bo-kyung to a 9-2 victory over the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium on Monday.
The win was the second in a row after a five-game losing streak and kept LG within 2.5 games of second-place SSG Landers, who also lost on the day.
In a game that saw both teams’ foreign aces Kelly and Raul Alcantara go head-to-head, LG took the lead with two home runs.
Hong Chang-ki opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a single to left, and two batters later, Austin Dean blasted a two-run homer to left to give LG an early lead.
Doosan got a run back in the bottom of the second when Kim Tae-geun singled up the middle with two outs.
However, LG answered with two runs in the top of the third after Austin singled to left and Oh Ji-hwan drew a walk, followed by Moon Bo-kyung’s three-run homer to right to make it 5-1.
In the fourth, Hong Chang-ki added a run with an RBI single to make it 6-1.
Doosan got one run back in the bottom of the seventh when Kang Seung-ho tripled and scored on a subsequent grounder.
However, LG scored a run in the top of the eighth on an infield single by Moon Sung-joo and then added two more in the top of the ninth.
LG’s Kelly pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits to earn the win, while Doosan’s Alcantara took the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits in 5⅔ innings.
Doosan has lost three straight after winning 11 straight.
Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning with runners on first and second. [Courtesy of the Hanwha Eagles]
Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan hits the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth to give SSG a one-run victory.
In Incheon, the Hanwha Eagles held off a late rally by the SSG Landers, 4-3, thanks to a walk-off hit by Noh Si-hwan.
Hanwha took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Chae Eun-sung hit a two-run double to right-center field with runners on first and second.
In the fourth inning, after two infield singles, Lee Do-yoon made it 3-0 with an RBI single to right.
SSG rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Park Sung-hyun singled up the middle to score a run.
Hanwha center fielder Moon Hyun-bin slipped the ball behind the plate, allowing first baseman Ha Jae-hoon to come home and tie the game at 2-3.
In the bottom of the eighth, Choi Ju-hwan tied the game at 3-3 with a solo home run to right field two batters later.
However, Hanwha scored the winning run in the top of the ninth when Noh Si-hwan singled to left field with runners on first and second.
■ KT’s Oh Yoon-seok hits three straight doubles as pinch-hitter…reclaims fifth place in one day
The KT Wiz pounded out 14 hits in a 10-2 victory over the NC Dinos in Changwon.
With the win, KT moved back into fifth place, half a game ahead of the Lotte Giants.
NC opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Son As-seop led off with a double to center field, followed by Park Gun-woo’s double to right-center and Jason Martin’s RBI single to make it 2-0.
With runners on second and third in the top of the fifth, KT tied the game at 2-2 when Kim Sang-soo lined a single to left-center field.
In the seventh inning, they took advantage of their opponents’ mistakes and scored five runs.
After a double by Oh Yoon-seok and a single to left by Anthony Alford, who scored on a pitching error with runners on first and third to take a 3-2 lead, KT took a 7-2 lead after Moon Sang-chul singled and Park Byung-ho and Jang Sung-woo followed with back-to-back doubles.
With momentum on their side, KT added runs in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the victory.
Oh Yoon-seok came in as a pinch-hitter and hit three consecutive doubles to drive in the winning run.
KIA’s Lee Woo-sung led the offense with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs (Gwangju=)
KIA’s Lee Woo-sung goes 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs as Tigers defeat Lotte, hope for ‘fall baseball’
In Gwangju, the seventh-ranked KIA Tigers kept their ‘fall baseball’ hopes alive with a 6-5 win over Lotte.
KIA took the lead in the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and second on a Socrates Brito single.
Kim Sun-bin then reached on an error by Lotte third baseman Han Dong-hee to load the bases, and Lee Woo-sung followed with a single to right to give KIA a 3-0 lead.
LOTTE responded in the top of the third inning.
With the bases loaded, foreign hitter Niko Goodrum hit a double to right-center field to load the bases and tie the game at 3-3.
However, KIA regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kim Do-young singled to left center with two outs.
In the fifth inning, Choi Hyung-woo and Socrates hit back-to-back doubles to score a run, and two batters later, Lee Woo-sung singled up the middle to make it 6-3.
Lotte got one run back in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Gudrum and another in the ninth on an RBI single by Noh Jin-hyuk to pull within 5-6, but couldn’t pull away.
KIA’s Lee Woo-sung led the offense with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs.
■ No. 9 Kiwoom battles No. 10 Samsung to a hard-fought 5-5 draw in 12 extra innings
The ninth-ranked Kiwoom Heroes and the 10th-ranked Samsung Lions battled to a 5-5 tie in 12 extra innings at the Gocheok Dome.
Kiwoom took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Lee Hyung-jong doubled to left-center field and Song Sung-moon hit a two-run homer to right field.
In the sixth, Ronnie Dawson’s sacrifice fly scored a run to make it 3-0.
Samsung got two runs back in the top of the eighth on a Koo Jae-rook single and a passed ball, but Kiwoom scored Kim Hye-sung, who doubled after an infield hit, to make it 4-2 when Lee Hyung-jong singled to left.
However, Samsung extended the game in the top of the ninth when Kim Hyun-joon hit a two-run double with runners on first and third.
In the top of the 12th inning, with the score tied at 4-4, Kim Sung-yoon singled to right field with the bases loaded to give Samsung a 5-4 lead.
However, Kiwoom tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th when Kim Jun-wan and Kim Hye-sung hit back-to-back singles against Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan, and Dawson hit a big sacrifice fly to put runners on first and third with no outs.