The KIA Tigers swept the LG Twins in three straight matches and succeeded in their first sweep of the season.
The KIA Tigers won 12-8 in the away game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul at 2:00 pm on the 30th.
Traditionally, a match between two teams that were always hot when facing each other. It was intense from day one. After a bloody battle in the 11th overtime, KIA won 4-3. Then, in the game the previous day (29th), he won 6-3 after successfully stealing the 7th triple in the history of the KBO League in the 9th inning. And even took the game that day and achieved a series sweep victory for the first time this season.
KIA ran 5 consecutive wins and marked 12 wins and 11 losses. The league ranking is tied for 5th with Doosan. It is 2.5 matches against Lotte, which is ranked first in the league. On the other hand, LG, who lost 3 games in a row, recorded 15 wins and 11 losses, and was in 3rd place alone. 1st place Lotte and riding is 1 game.
It was only 2129 days since July 2, 2017 that KIA swept the match against LG in Jamsil. Also, the sweep against LG was 1838 days after the Gwangju LG game on April 19, 2018.
Before the game, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “There were more games won than games lost because of stealing. (Running baseball) If I think I’m the only one right, there’s a problem, but the coaches and players all think it’s right and move. It can make the opponent more concerned. There is. The target for April was expected to be +5 wins at a 50% win rate, but it endured well.”
Regarding the home steel situation the day before, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “I didn’t know. It feels like an eruption. With injured players, the performance so far in April is satisfactory.”
It was sold out that day too. On the 28th, 22,695 people visited Jamsil Stadium, and on the 29th and 30th, there were 10,000 spectators (23,750 seats sold out) for two days in a row.
Reversals and ties, reversals and reversals were repeated. And in the top of the 8th inning, both teams were tied 5-5. KIA’s attack. It was the winning spot of the day. With LG putting Jung Woo-young on the mound instead of Lee Jung-yong, Socrates got on base with a double that fell inside the right field after a run. Lee Chang-jin got a ground ball out on third base. Han Seung-taek’s follow-up hit went to right field. If caught, the inning ends. However, Moon Seong-ju rushed forward toward the ball, but failed to catch it and dropped it. Moon Seong-joo’s fatal mistake. This error allowed Socrates to home and make it 6-5.
Jung Woo-young allowed Park Chan-ho to hit the ball and went down the mound, creating a crisis situation on the 1st and 2nd bases. And here, the pitcher LG put in was Ko “Closer” Woo-seok. It was super strong. Even in a losing situation, the best finisher was used to increase the number of wins. Anyway, tomorrow (May 1) was a rest day with no games. However, Ryu Ji-hyeok immediately hit Go Woo-seok’s first ball cutter (144 km) and exploded a timely double with 2 RBIs that landed inside the right field. The score widened from 6-5 to 8-5. In fact, it seemed to be leaning towards KIA as an additional win.
However, LG was also persistent. At the end of the 8th inning, KIA put in Jeon Sang-hyun. LG had a full base chance with Park Hae-min’s heavy hit after 1 run, and Moon Seong-joo and Kim Hyun-soo’s consecutive walks after 2 runs. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop took out another card to replace first base runner Kim Hyeon-soo with Jung Joo-hyeon, who could be a tiebreaker. In the end, Austin made it 8-6 with a right-handed hit. KIA called Jung Hae-young, who had saved two innings two days ago. However, the follow-up Oh Ji-hwan exploded a timely hit with 2 RBIs in the middle right, turning the match to 8-8.
However, the final winner was KIA. Go Woo-seok is still on the mound in the beginning of the 9th inning. Leading batters Kim Sun-bin and Choi Hyeong-woo walked on base. Hwang Dae-in’s timely hit made it 9-8. Then Socrates hit the 2nd cutter (144km) on the ball count 1-0 and exploded a 3-point wedge that went over the right-middle wall. In fact, the moment when the bloody battle of the series ended with KIA’s complete victory. LG fans, who were seated on the first base side, had to leave the stadium.
LG continued to show superpowers throughout the game that day. KIA’s momentum to challenge sweeping and LG’s will to avoid sweeping matched properly. From the beginning of the first inning, KIA attacked LG starter Kelly and scored 1 point. LG also launched a counterattack. He scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to overturn the game. Leading batter Moon Bo-kyung took advantage of a walk and wild throw to reach second base, then Kim Min-sung hit to the right to reach first and third base. Here, Park Dong-won hit a timely hit to the left. Park Hae-min’s sacrifice bunt continued to make 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base, and Hong Chang-ki hit a sacrifice hit to center fielder and succeeded in turning 2-1. Park Hae-min’s sacrifice bunt was also the moment when LG Bench’s strong will to catch the game was revealed.
Then, KIA immediately turned the game to the starting point at the beginning of the third inning. Leading batter Park Chan-ho stepped on first base with a walk, and after two outs, he succeeded in stealing second base. Next, Kim Seon-bin struck a timely hit to tie the score in the left front. (2-2) KIA starter Eui-ri Lee was hit in the middle right by lead batter Moon Seong-joo in the 5th inning, and after two outs, Oh Ji-hwan allowed a timely double to left. LG’s 3-2 lead.
Lee Eui-ri handed over the mound to Kim Ki-hoon in the 5th inning crisis with 2 out 1st and 3rd base. Eui-ri Lee’s performance on this day was 4⅔ innings (102 pitches), 6 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3 runs (3 earned). He threw a mix of 52 fastballs, 30 sliders, 11 curveballs, and 9 changeups, and the highest speed of his fastball reached 152km. Kim Ki-hoon finished the fifth inning by catching Kim Min-seong with a fly ball to right field.
The match continued to be fierce.메이저놀이터 Both teams traded 2 points each in the 6th inning. LG Ace Kelly suddenly shook. In the top of the 6th inning, the lead batters Kim Sun-bin, Choi Hyung-woo and Hwang Dae-in were allowed consecutive walks, causing a crisis with no bases loaded. After giving Socrates a tying sacrifice RBI, he passed the mound to Park Myeong-geun. Kelly’s performance that day was 5⅓ innings (79 pitches), 3 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts and 4 runs (3 earned). He threw a mix of 39 fastballs, 29 curveballs, 5 changeups, 4 sliders, 1 cutter, and 1 two-seam, and recorded the highest velocity of 149 km. Lee Chang-jin hit a timely hit from the left and overturned the game to 4-3.
At the end of the 6th inning, LG threw a superpower. When lead hitter Park Dong-won reached base with a double, lead runner Shin Min-jae was put in. The main catcher was taken out at a rather early point in the 6th inning. The next hitter was Park Hae-min, who made a clean sacrifice bunt earlier. But this time it was a failure. At the ball count of 2-0, Park Hae-min’s bunt ball floated upward briefly and was caught by Joo Hyo-sang. A throw to second base followed immediately, leading to Shin Min-jae being out and a double play. Still, LG made the bases full with Hong Chang-ki and Moon Seong-joo’s consecutive hits and Kim Hyun-soo’s walk, and then Austin scored two RBIs in the middle right. 5-4 Reversal.
However, KIA’s momentum was not easy. In the top of the 7th inning, the game was easily turned around. After one run against the changed pitcher Lee Jung-yong, Ryu Ji-hyeok hit a double and swept home when Ko Jong-wook hit right-handed. 5-5 Origin. In the end, the two teams exchanged 3 points each in the 8th inning, and in the 9th inning KIA won with Socrates’ 3 wedges and headed to Gwangju with light steps. Now, KIA will face Lotte (home) and NC (away) in turn next week. LG clashes with NC (home) and Doosan (away) next week.
LG: Hong Chang-gi (left fielder) – Moon Seong-joo (right fielder) – Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter) – Austin (1st baseman) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Moon Bo-gyeong (3rd baseman) – Kim Min-seong (2nd baseman) – Park Dong-won (catcher) – Park Hae-min (center fielder) . Starter Casey Kelly.
KIA: Ryu Ji-hyeok (3rd baseman) – Ko Jong-wook (left fielder) – Kim Sun-bin (2nd baseman) – Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter) – Hwang Dae-in (1st baseman) – Socrates Brito (center fielder) – Lee Chang-jin (right fielder) – Joo Hyo-sang (catcher) – Park Chan-ho (shortstop). Selection Lee Eui-ri.