Ace Ahn Woo-jin rescued Kiwoom Heroes from a three-game losing streak. 

Kiwoom Heroes won 1-0 in the first match of the season against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 25th. 

Kiwoom escaped from 3메이저사이트 consecutive losses by suppressing the baseline in 3 consecutive matches and recorded 9 wins and 11 losses in the season. On the other hand, KT, who fell into a quagmire of 4 consecutive losses, recorded 7 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses. 

Home team Kiwoom Lee Yong-gyu (left fielder) – Kim Hye-seong (2nd baseman) – Lee Jung-hoo (center fielder) – Edison Russell (shortstop) – Lee Hyung-jong (right fielder) – Park Joo-hong (1st baseman) – Kim Tae-jin (designated hitter) – Kim Hwi-jip (3rd baseman) – Lee Ji-young ( catcher), the starting lineup was set up.

Accordingly, KT’s Kim Min-hyeok (center fielder) – Kang Baek-ho (right fielder) – Anthony Alford (left fielder) – Park Byung-ho (1st baseman) – Jang Seong-woo (catcher) – Moon Sang-cheol (designated hitter) – Oh Yoon-seok (2nd baseman) – Lee Sang-ho (3rd baseman) – Kim Sang-soo (Shortstop) faced each other in order. 

A tense pitching battle unfolded between Kiwoom starter An Woo-jin and KT starter Eom Sang-baek. The KT lineup could not pick up a single hit against An Woo-jin. In the meantime, after one out in the 4th inning, shortstop Edison Russell hit 1 out and 2nd base with a wild throw, but Park Byung-ho struck out and Jang Seong-woo stopped shortstop grounder. Lee Sang-ho then ended the inning with a double hit. 

Kiwoom, who was tied with one hit until the third inning against Eom Sang-baek, had a chance to safely load bases with three consecutive walks from leaders Kim Hye-seong, Lee Jung-hoo, and Russell in the fourth inning. However, after Lee Hyeong-jong and Park Joo-hong struck out in succession, Kim Tae-jin withdrew with a fly ball to right field. scoreless.

Kiwoom finally broke the balance of 0 in the 5th inning. Following a hit by Kim Hui-jip, the lead runner was out when Lee Ji-young bunt, but Lee Yong-gyu, the first out and second baseman, continued with Lee Ji-young’s stolen base, hitting a right-handed hit with an RBI. Second baseman Oh Yun-seok threw himself at the ball, but was hit by a glove and rolled out into the outfield. However, the 2 out 1st and 3rd bases, which were led by Lee Jeong-hoo’s right-handed hit, were canceled as Russell stopped the pitcher’s ground ball. 

KT reported the first hit of the game with Alford’s left-handed hit in the 7th inning. Afterwards, Alford’s stolen base and Byeong-ho Park’s choice of fielder made it to 1st and 3rd base, but Seong-Woo Jang’s catcher foul fly and Sang-Cheol Moon’s squeeze bunt failed, so they became 1st and 2nd base with two outs. Then, pinch hitter Kim Joon-tae also struck out and could not save the chance. 

Kiwoom starter Ahn Woo-jin won his second win (one loss) of the season with a good pitching of 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and no runs. Kim Dong-hyuk and Kim Jae-woong followed suit, and Kim Jae-woong posted his second save of the season. In the other line, Kim Hui-jip had a multi-hit game.

On the other hand, KT starter Eom Sang-baek suffered his first loss (1 win) of the season despite 4 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings. The only team hit was Alford’s left-handed hit in the 7th inning. 

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