‘Benjamin RBI+Alford RBI’ KT upset to take 2nd place…Lotte falls to 5th straight loss
KT Wiz drove the Lotte Giants into a 5-game losing streak. Kiwoom Heroes, the lowest ranked player, defeated the Samsung Lions with a 6-run big innings.
KT won 3-1 in an away game against Lotte in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 25th. With the 스포츠토토 victory on this day, KT stepped on the heights of 60 wins (2 draws and 47 losses) in the season. On the other hand, Lotte fell into a five-game losing streak and became 50-56.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, when Lotte made a 1 out 1st and 2nd base chance with hits by Yoon Dong-hee and Nico Gudrum, Jeon Jun-woo scored the first run when a pitcher made a mistake at bat. However, in the top of the second inning, Anthony Alford went to base with a heavy double, and after advancing to third base on Moon Sang-cheol’s grounder, he hit the home base when Oh Yoon-seok made a shortstop error, balancing the game 1-1.
Afterwards, KT tied Hwang Jae-gyun and Alford’s doubles in the top of the 4th inning and scored, succeeding in a 2-1 reversal. In the top of the 8th inning, Kim Sang-soo went on base with a right-handed double and Jang Seong-woo hit home, leading Lotte to 3-1. Lotte failed to score additional points until the end of the 9th inning, and KT took the victory.
KT starter Wes Benjamin pitched well with 6 innings and 1 run (no run) and won 13 wins in the season. Subsequently, Son Dong-hyun, Park Young-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon were responsible for one scoreless inning each and posted a hold and a save. Lotte starter Aaron Wilkerson took his first loss of the season as he was not supported by the other line despite a good pitch with 2 runs (1 earned run) in 7 innings.
In the match between Kiwoom Heroes and Samsung Lions held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park, Kiwoom defeated Samsung 7-4. Kiwoom marked 47 wins, 3 draws and 67 losses, and Samsung marked 46 wins, 1 draw and 61 losses.
Kiwoom succeeded in overpowering Samsung starter Taylor Widener by knocking out 6 points in the top of the second inning. Kiwoom raised the first point as Lee Joo-hyung Lee went out with a right-handed hit, and Kim Soo-hwan’s superior two-runner broke out in the second base situation.
Afterwards, two more runs were added with Kim Si-ang, Song Seong-moon, Kim Hye-seong, and Ronnie Dawson’s consecutive hits, and two more runners came in at the right time with Kim Hui-jip’s left-handed hit, leading Kiwoom by 6 points.
At the end of the 3rd inning, Kim Seong-yoon reached base with a bunt hit, stole the base, advanced to third base on Koo Ja-wook’s grounder, and made up for one point with Kang Min-ho’s hit. However, in the first and second base chances that Kiwoom caught with Joo Seong-won’s heavy hit and Lim Byeong-wook’s walk in the top of the 5th inning, Kim Si-ang’s timely hit scored one more point and followed Samsung.
Afterwards, Samsung caught up with Ryu Ji-hyeok’s solo home run at the end of the 6th inning and Kim Seong-yoon’s 2 RBIs at the end of the 9th inning, but it did not affect the result.
Kiwoom starter Ahn Woo-jin scored 9 wins in the season with 2 runs in 6 innings, followed by Kim Jae-woong, Lee Myeong-jong and Moon Seong-hyun, Lim Chang-min, who scored 22 saves in ⅔ innings. Samsung Widener became a losing pitcher with 7 runs in 4⅔innings.
In the match between LG Twins and NC Dinos held at Changwon NC Park, NC defeated LG 14-1. LG starter Choi Won-tae collapsed with 15 hits and 11 runs (9 earned runs) in 4 innings, and when the score widened to 0-7 in the 4th inning, LG changed a lot of starters and raised the white flag early on.
NC Peddy won 16 wins of the season with 7 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 7 strikeouts and 1 run. His ERA went down to 1.97. Following this, Kim Tae-hyun and Lee Yong-jun were responsible for one inning each with no runs.
As for the batting lineup, which recorded 19 hits in the starting lineup, Martin had 3 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs including a home run, Kim Joo-won had 2 hits, 4 RBIs and 2 runs, Joong-Yeol Ahn had 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs including a home run, and Ah-seop Son had 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs including a home run. 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.
In the ‘Sanchez vs. Sanchez’ match between Hanwha Eagles and KIA Tigers held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju, KIA won 4-1. Hanwha Ricardo Sanchez, who started as a starter, became the losing pitcher as Hanwha Ricardo Sanchez resigned with 5 innings, 1 walk, 7 hits, 5 strikeouts and 2 runs.
In the bottom of the first inning, KIA, who scored first when Hyung-Woo Choi grounded in the first and third base chances, scored an additional run in the 5th inning with Chan-Ho Park’s quick feet. At the beginning of the 7th inning, Hanhwa caught up with a point, and at the end of the 7th, KIA ran away with Choi Hyung-woo’s two-run gun, and kept the lead and brought victory. On this day, Hanwha had only two hits.
At Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Doosan Bears defeated SSG Landers 10-1. SSG Kim Kwang-Hyun collapsed with 7 runs in 4 innings (6 earned runs), while Doosan Kwak Bin succeeded in achieving 10 wins in the season with 8 scoreless innings and perfect pitches. In the batting line, as many as 7 players scored RBIs and performed evenly.