KIA took the lead with Hwang Dae-in’s first solo home run and Na Sung-bum’s one-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, and added one run when shortstop Oh Ji-hwan made a catch error at third base with one out. Then LG also started chasing with Moon Sung-joo’s one-run timely hit and Hong Chang-ki’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning.
LG revived hope with a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Park Dong-won, who was at-bat with one out, pulled Lim Ki-young’s three-ball fastball to draw a large solo arch. 20 home runs in the season for the first time in two years since 2021 (22). For LG, a 20-home run catcher was born in 13 years since Cho In-sung in 2010.
KIA immediately replaced the pitcher with Lee Joon-young, but after Moon Sung-joo and Park Hae-min got on base with consecutive walks, second baseman Moon Sung-joo stepped home when Hong Chang-ki hit to the right. At this time, while right fielder Na Sung-beom threw the ball to third base, batter Hong Chang-ki settled on second base, and Park Hae-min, who arrived at third base, rushed home to see shortstop Park Chan-ho tag the batter. Park Chan-ho, who belatedly recognized the situation, threw the ball home, but the result was safe. The score is 5-5.
This was not the end. LG made one out and second and third base with Shin Min-jae’s infield hit and steal, and finally succeeded in reversing the game as third baseman Hong Chang-ki stepped home when Kim Hyun-soo grounded out to second baseman. It was the first time LG took the lead since the start of the game.
However, KIA did not give up. After consecutive hits by Kim Sun-bin and Lee Woo-sung in the bottom of the eighth inning, pinch hitter Ko Jong-wook balanced 6-6 with a timely RBI. LG made a winning move to put closer Ko Woo-suk early, but second baseman Choi Jung-yong came home as Park Chan-ho hit a heavy hit with one out and runners on first and second bases. Closer Jung Hae-young, who took the mound in the top of the ninth inning, held a one-run lead by catching Seo Geon-chang with a grounder at third base with two outs.
KIA starter Hwang Dong-ha, who did his part despite the pressure, did well with four hits, one out, two strikeouts and two runs in 4 2⅓ innings. Leadoff Park Chan-ho, who made up for his disappointment in defense, played with three hits and one RBI in five at-bats, and Hwang Dae-in succeeded in getting on base three times, including a home run. On the other hand, LG starter Lim Chan-kyu delayed his 11th win of the season to the next opportunity by recording 6 hits (one home run) in 5⅔3 innings, 2 outs, 1 strikeout and 3 runs (two earned runs).
The Hanwha Eagles won 4 consecutive games with an 11-2 victory over the Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, making it 48-62. On the other hand, Kiwoom, which fell into a quagmire for five consecutive games, recorded 51 wins, three draws and 75 losses.
Hanwha, which opened the door with Chae Eun-sung’s one-run timely hit in the top of the first inning, scored four runs, including Moon Hyun-bin’s two-run double in the top of the second inning, and Oh Sun-jin’s one-run timely hit in the top of the third inning widened the gap. At the top of the fourth inning, Choi In-ho scored as many as five points, including a walk-off walk, solidifying his victory early.
Starting pitcher Kim Ki-joong recorded seven hits, two strikeouts, and two runs in five innings, marking the first start in 739 days since his victory over Daejeon KT on August 31, 2021. It was the first time since his debut that the game was played with no outs.
Kiwoom barely stopped the 0 march with Kim Tae-jin and Kim Hye-sung’s RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it was not enough to overcome the already wide gap. Kim Dong-hyuk, who took the starting mound, took the loss with seven hits, four outs, two strikeouts and six runs in three innings.
Focusing on Game 1 rather than Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Samsung Lions won 5-1 against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul and escaped their second straight loss. His season record was 51 wins, 1 draw and 67 losses. Doosan’s performance, which has a winning margin of ‘0’ again, is 57 wins, 1 draw, and 57 losses.
Samsung, which took the lead with Oh Jae-il’s first two-run shot in the top of the second inning, took the lead and third baseman Kim Hyun-joon home due to an opponent’s error when Kim Sung-yoon grounded out to the first baseman in the top of the third inning with one out. At the top of the eighth inning, Lee Jae-hyun and Kim Ho-jae’s one-run timely hit ensured the victory.
David Buchanan, who was in charge of the starting lineup, was in charge of eight innings alone, recording seven hits, four strikeouts, and one run, marking 10 wins for the fourth consecutive year. On the other hand, Doosan starter Jang Won-joon became a losing pitcher with six hits (one home run) and two outs and three strikeouts (two earned runs) in five innings. The third losing battle of the season.
The Lotte Giants avenged their defeat the previous day after winning 5-2 in an away game against the NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park.
NC took the lead thanks to Kwon Hee-dong’s one-run timely hit in the bottom of the first inning and Jason Martin’s one-run hit in the bottom of the third inning, but the joys and sorrows of the two teams were sharply mixed at the top of the sixth inning. Lotte immediately balanced the game with Jeon Joon-woo’s two-run timely hit with one out and runners on second and third bases, and reversed the game with a two-run shot by follow-up hitter Jung Hoon. 안전놀이터
Lotte, which scored four runs in one inning alone, broke the opponent’s will to chase with An Chi-hong’s one-run timely hit in the top of the seventh inning, and Choi Joon-yong and Kim Won-joong kept the lead by three points as they blocked 1⅓ innings and 1 inning, respectively.
Starting pitcher Park Se-woong threw 112 pitches in 6⅔3 innings and scored his sixth win of the season with six hits, one out, nine strikeouts and two runs. On the other hand, Song Myung-ki failed to avoid defeat with four hits, one out, four strikeouts and three runs in 5 2⅓ innings.
Meanwhile, NC Son Ah-seop, who started as the first designated hitter on the day, hit a left-handed hit against ‘former teammate’ Park Se-woong in the top of the third inning, reaching 150 hits for the first time in KBO League history. He also achieved 200 hits for the second consecutive 11 seasons after Lee Dae-ho.