Baseball team Doosan has forgotten how to lose. They came from behind with a near-perfect two-hit performance. Doosan extended its winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 victory over Incheon SSG on July 12. They won all nine games they played in July. They are one step away from tying the franchise record for most consecutive wins. Doosan won 10 straight games from June 6-16, 2018, when former coach Kim Tae-hyung led the team. The team also had a 10-game winning streak in 2000 under former manager Kim In-sung. An 11-game winning streak hasn’t happened since the club’s inception. Two more wins would set a new record.토토사이트
Lee tied the record for the longest winning streak by a Doosan manager in his first year. In OB, Doosan’s predecessor, former managers Kim Young-duk and Kim Sung-geun won nine straight games in their first year in charge in 1982 and 1984.
During the nine-game winning streak, Doosan led the league in most pitching categories. Their 1.76 team ERA and 0.820 team OPS lead the league. The pitchers are pitching well and the bats are hitting. And the defense is solid. The team hasn’t committed an error in 13 consecutive games. Prior to that, Doosan had 47 errors in 66 games. They were one of the most defensively shaky teams in the league.
As they’ve gained momentum, they’ve solidified their defense. They don’t lose when they score first. During their nine-game winning streak, they have come from behind four times.
The win against SSG on the 12th was also a come-from-behind victory. Starter Brandon Waddell (real name Brandon) gave up a leadoff homer to Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning, but Park hit a two-run double with runners on first and second in the top of the seventh. Back-to-back singles by the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters created the opportunity, and the No. 9 hitter came through. Park, who was acquired as compensation for free agent Park Se-hyuk after last season, has been swinging the bat since joining the first team on July 7 after being delayed due to injury rehabilitation. He is the epitome of a ‘family man’.
Doosan players celebrate after their 4-1 win over SSG on Nov. 12, their ninth straight victory. Yonhap
Doosan cemented the victory with a run-scoring home run by Yang Ji Hyun in the eighth inning and added a run in the top of the ninth on an error. Brandon gave up a leadoff home run in the first inning, but pitched six innings of four-hit ball. In the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, Kim Myung-shin, Jung Chul-won, and Hong Gun-hee pitched scoreless innings. In the final inning, Hong faced three hits and had the bases loaded, but he struck out Kim Min-sik and Han Yu-seom to preserve the win.
Doosan has been on an upward trajectory since winning back-to-back games against Samsung on April 4 and 5. They scored three runs in the first inning, but didn’t give up another run to win 5-3. On the 5th, they gave up two runs in the first inning, but the bats came alive to win 7-4.
One of the most encouraging aspects of the winning streak for Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop is that the team is coming from behind like never before. “It’s a performance that we didn’t have until June,” Lee said, referring to the recent come-from-behind victory over Samsung Electronics.
According to Lee, Doosan used to be a team that would concede the first goal and then be helplessly dragged down. In 33 games in which they conceded an early goal, they went 7-1-1, 25-0, and had a winning percentage of 0.219. But in July, the pitching staff stabilized and the bats came alive, giving the team a chance to turn things around.
The July run has raised expectations for the second half. As of the 13th, Doosan is in third place with 42 wins, 1 loss and 36 ties. They are four games behind second-place SSG. There’s still a long way to go, but the recent surge is scary.