Professional baseball Kiwoom succeeded in rebounding. At the beginning of the season, he fell into a pit of 5 consecutive losses, but after the weather changed the atmosphere, he swept KIA and 3 consecutive matches on the weekend, achieving the best performance of the week.
Kiwoom played a 10th overtime match against KIA in the 메이저사이트‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 16th and won a 2-0 victory. In the bottom of the 10th inning, with one out and first base, Lee Jung-hoo hit a superior two-run homer.
Kiwoom, who swept 3 consecutive matches on the home weekend, ran 4 consecutive wins from Doosan and away on the 13th. Last week, 4 wins and 1 loss, the highest win rate among 8 clubs.
It is the exact opposite of the previous week. Kiwoom struggled with 1 win and 5 losses, such as being swept in the weekend NC and Changwon expedition after being pushed with 1 win and 2 losses in the weekday trip to Jamsil with LG on the 4th and 6th. On the 11th, a 5-game losing streak continued until the Doosan and Jamsil expeditions.
But I benefited from the weather. Kiwoom took a breather as the match against Doosan on the 12th was canceled according to KBO rules due to worsening fine dust. There was an opportunity to rectify the turbulent atmosphere with consecutive losses.
On top of that, Kiwoom even prepared conditions for Ahn Woo-jin, who is currently considered the best pitcher in Korea, to pitch instead of Jang Jae-young, who was scheduled to start that day. Against Doosan on the 13th, Ahn Woo-jin led the team’s losing streak with 6 innings, 5 strikeouts, 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs. Kiwoom was able to change the mood with a 9-2 victory.
Driven by the momentum, Kiwoom invited KIA into the living room and beat her up. On the 14th, Lee Jung-hoo (3 hits, 4 RBIs) and Lim Byung-wook (2 hits, final RBIs) and other hard hits and starter Eric Yokishi’s 7 innings and 2 runs reversed to win 9-2, and on the 15th Lim Byeong-wook’s home run and starter Ariel Hurado’s He enjoyed the joy of a 6-1 victory with a good pitching of 6 innings and 1 run.
The 16th was more dramatic. At the end of the 10th inning, where the balance was zero, Lee Jung-hoo hit a devastating two-run walk-off home run from opposing left-hand specialist Kim Dae-yu. Lee Jung-hoo, who had previously achieved it with only 4 intentional balls in 4 at-bats, including a double hit, did not miss the last chance. It was more welcome that Lee Jung-hoo, who was suffering from a batting average in the early 20s, had a clear opportunity to rebound.
On the other hand, KIA gave up all three matches on the weekend and fell helplessly into a quagmire of four consecutive losses. Last week, 1 win and 5 losses, the worst performance among 10 clubs.
In the KIA, Kim Do-young, who was highly anticipated as an attacking spearhead this season, was virtually out of the first half due to a fracture of the left little toe on an expedition with SSG on the 2nd. In addition, Na Seong-beom, the main gun, is unable to participate in the regular league as well as the demonstration game due to calf pain.
In a situation where the main players are missing, the KIA lineup is greatly lacking in power. Last week, the KIA team’s batting average was 201.6, ranking 9th after NC (201.00). The team’s home run was one, the lowest with Doosan. The team’s weekly OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) was the lowest at 0.521.
At least, NC last week had a team ERA of 2.33, which was second only to 2.10. In addition, with Park Min-woo’s concentration on the match, where Park Min-woo pulled out three final strokes last week alone, NC achieved a good record of 4 wins and 2 losses. KIA also had a team ERA of 4.56, which was not very good, ranking 7th out of 10 clubs.
Still, KIA showed a desperate will to escape the losing streak and played a tight game against Kiwoom on the 16th. Starter Yang Hyeon-jong played 7 scoreless innings, and bullpen Pil Seung-jo also energized, but the batting line did not burst. By the 10th inning, 5 hits and 2 walks were scoreless, and they had to wait for Lee Jung-hoo’s walk-off home run.
Coincidentally, the 16th, when the KIA’s 4th straight victory was decided, was the day Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young left for Japan. The two will receive intensive treatment twice a day at Ijima Rehabilitation Center in Yokohama, Japan from the 17th to the 22nd. Na Seong-beom can look forward to returning depending on his condition after returning to Korea, but Kim Do-young is expected to take about four months to rehabilitate and return.
Kiwoom, who was in 7th place last week (3 wins and 5 losses), jumped to 7 wins and 6 losses with 4 consecutive wins and a tie for 4th place with Doosan. , who was in 6th place last week (2 wins and 3 losses), fell into a 4-game losing streak and was unable to escape from 3 wins and 8 losses.