As the fall season has passed, the mid-level rankings for fall baseball are fiercely developing.
The 5th place Doosan Bears (53 wins, 1 draw, 51 losses, 0.510) won 3 consecutive wins over Kiwoom Heroes and chased the 4th place NC Dinos (52 wins, 2 draws, 49 losses, 0.515), who lost to SSG Landers, by 0.5 game.
The 6th place KIA Tigers (49 wins, 2 draws, 50 losses, 0.495) achieved a remarkable victory over the 2nd place kt wiz and maintained a 1.5 game gap with 5th place Doosan.
The 7th place Lotte Giants (50-55, 0.476) lost to LG that day and suffered 4 consecutive losses, moving away from the mid-level competition.
As a result, the 2023 post season will be held by KT (59 wins, 2 draws, 47 losses, 0.557) and SSG (57 wins, 1 draw, 46 losses, 0.553), which are competing for second place with the sole leader LG Twins (65 wins, 2 draws, 38 losses, 0.631). In addition, it is narrowing down to competition between mid-level teams such as NC, Doosan, and KIA.
Doosan swept 3 consecutive matches during the week against Kiwoom and won 3 consecutive wins.
Doosan won 8-6 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Kiwoom and visit game held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 24th.
Doosan won the victory thanks to the strength of the bullpen and batting line, even though starter Kim Dong-joo gave up 4 runs in 1⅔ innings.
In particular, foreign hitter José Rojas scored 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 RBIs and 3 runs in 4 at-bats, including a two-run four in the first inning, two RBIs in the 5th inning, and a wedge triple in the 7th inning.
It was one record short of cycling hits (recording everything from a single hit to a home run in one game).
Yang Eui-ji, who returned to the starting lineup as a designated hitter after 19 days, had 2 hits in 4 at-bats.
Kiwoom lost 3 consecutive times, pouring out 12 bases even after posting 12 hits and 8 walks, more than Doosan (9 hits and 6 walks).
KIA Park Chan-ho, the protagonist of the come-from-behind victory, hit 2 RBIs in the top of the 9th inning with 2 runners loaded with bases, and is running towards 1st base. (Suwon = Yonhap News)
■ KIA Park Chan-ho 4-at-bats, 2 hits, 2 RBIs, 3 runs scored, autumn baseball ‘hope’
KIA defeated kt with Park Chan-ho’s final blow after 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning and revived hopes for advancing to the postseason.
KIA won 7-3 against kt in an away match held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 24th.
The first contributor to victory was Park Chan-ho.
KIA shortstop Park Chan-ho ended the inning by calmly catching the ball and accurately throwing it to first base when Seong-wu Jang’s hit hit third baseman Do-yeong Kim’s glove and refracted in the bottom of the 8th inning with the score 3-3.
In the top of the 9th inning, with 2 bases loaded, kt finisher Kim Jae-yoon attacked the 6th fork ball and hit a 2 RBI right-handed hit.
Convinced of the ‘final blow’, Park Chan-ho clenched his fists and ran to first base. After arriving at first base, he waved his arms and drew cheers from KIA fans.
KIA added 2 points with Na Seong-beom’s mid-month triple that broke out from the 2nd 1st and 3rd bases, putting a wedge in the game.
On this day, KIA allowed kt Oh Yoon-seok to hit a two-run home run at the end of the 5th inning, leading 1-0, and allowed a turnaround.
It was Park Chan-ho who changed the atmosphere.
After one out in the top of the 6th inning, Park hit a ground ball that bounced near second base, then sprinted to get a hit.
At this time, kt second baseman Lee Ho-yeon’s throw to first base went into the dugout and Park Chan-ho advanced to second base.
In the first out and second base, Na Seong-beom hit a right-handed hit at the right time, and KIA tied the score 2-2.
When kt took the lead again with a timely hit by pinch hitter Seong-Woo Jang in the bottom of the 6th inning, Chan-Ho Park walked out after a run in the top of the 8th inning, stole second base and settled in scoring position, and stepped home when Hyung-Woo Choi hit in the middle right.
Park Chan-ho played the role of a solver in the last at-bat in the 9th inning and gave the team a valuable victory.
Park’s record that day was 4 at-bats, 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 3 runs.
6th place KIA maintained a 1.5 game gap with 5th place Doosan.
LG starter Kelly pitched a scoreless pitch for the first time this season with 3 hits and no runs in 6 innings. [yunhap news]
■ LG, starter Kelly’s first scoreless pitch of the season leads the way
The LG Twins continued to lead the way after defeating the Lotte Giants 3-1 in their home game in Jamsil.
LG’s joy was even greater as Casey Kelly, a foreign starter who had been sluggish this season, pitched a scoreless pitch (6 innings, 3 hits) for the first time this season.
Kelly played a game against Lotte on June 23 (8 innings, 7 hits, 1 run), but this was the first time this season that he finished the mound without a run.
The LG batters focused their firepower on the 4th inning.
After one out, Hyun-soo Kim went on base with a hit in front of the pitcher, and Austin Dean hit a double to the left fielder to take the lead.
Oh Ji-hwan struck out with a strikeout, but Moon Bo-gyeong hit the ball and Park Dong-won walked on base, giving them two chances to load the bases.
Lotte made up for one point with consecutive doubles by An Chi-Hong and Yoon Dong-Hee in the beginning of the 7th inning after Kelly went down the mound. However, the atmosphere cooled down as Jeong Hoon, Jeong Bo-geun, and Jeon Jun-woo all struck out at second base.
7th place Lotte fell into a 4-game losing streak.
■ 3rd place SSG, Choi Jeong reversed solo arch… 2nd place kt 0.5 game pressure
3rd place SSG Landers defeated 4th place NC Dinos 7-4 after a home run battle at Incheon home, narrowing the gap with 2nd place kt to 0.5 games.
NC got the first point in the middle of the first inning with Park Kun-woo’s mid-month two-run gun that burst from 1 company and 1 base.먹튀검증
SSG immediately counterattacked.
In the bottom of the first inning, when lead batter Choo Shin-soo went to base with a left-handed hit, Choi Ji-hoon scored an RBI with a triple through right-center.
SSG tied the score 2-2 as Choi Ji-hoon stepped on the home plate during NC starter Jae-Hak Lee’s wild throw, and then Jeong-Choi hit Lee Jae-Hak’s fastball and drew a come-from-behind solo arch over the right wall.
NC tried to change the atmosphere by replacing catcher Joong-Yeol Ahn with Hyeong-Jun Kim without catching a single out count in the first inning, but the next hitter Joo-Hwan Choi also hit Lee Jae-Hak’s fastball and scored a superior solo shot.
In the bottom of the first inning, SSG turned around by scoring 4 runs. In the second inning, Kim Seong-hyun, Choo Shin-soo, and Choi Ji-hoon added 1 point with 3 hits in a row, and when Choi Joo-hwan withdrew with a double hit next to the second baseman at the bases loaded safely with Choi Jeong’s hit ball, got another 1 point.
After one out in the 3rd inning, Hanyu Island hit a solo home run with superiority and ran away to 7-2.
NC catcher Kim Hyung-jun hit solo home runs in the 5th and 8th innings, season 1 and 2, and chased 4-7, but could not overcome the gap that had opened at the beginning of the game.
Meanwhile, the match between Samsung Lions and Hanwha Eagles scheduled to be held in Daejeon was canceled due to rain.