The fall upward trend of the professional baseball KIA Tigers is unusual.
KIA, which was hovering in the middle to lower ranks at the start of the second half, showed off its two-hitting potential and went on a 7-game winning streak to solidify 5th place, as well as move closer to 4th place NC Dinos by 1 game and 3rd place SSG Landers by 2.5 games, poised to change the landscape of fall baseball. all.
In the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League away game held at Incheon SSG Landers Field on the 2nd, KIA defeated SSG 12-4 with three home runs by Han Jun-su, Na Seong-beom, and Oh Seon-woo.
KIA, which has been on a 7-game winning streak recently, has begun to solidify 5th place by widening its lead over the 6th-place Doosan Bears, whose game was canceled due to rain, by 2.5 games.
KIA scored first with two walks in the top of the first inning, with one out and runners on first and second base. Choi Hyeong-woo hit a double to the right-field line to score the first run, and Socrates Brito hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
In the top of the second inning, after Hwang Dae-in got on base with a hit ball, ‘backup catcher’ Han Jun-su hit a two-run home run to make it 4-0.
SSG trailed 2-4 in the bottom of the third inning with Kim Seong-hyun’s heavy hit followed by veteran catcher Lee Heung-ryun hitting a two-run home run to left.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Oh Tae-gon, who hit a heavy hit with 2 outs, succeeded in stealing second base, and Kim Seong-hyun was called in with a timely hit to left, putting them behind by 1 run.
However, in the top of the 7th inning, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd bases, Socrates hit a 2-RBI double and Ko Jong-wook hit a hit to right, taking the lead again to 7-3.
In the top of the 8th inning, Na Seong-beom hit a two-run home run to the middle, and in the top of the 9th inning, KIA took a 9-4 lead, and Oh Seon-woo hit a 3-run home run to the left to drive the lead.
Na Seong-beom has been firing a cannon in three consecutive games, and Oh Seon-woo has hit a home run for the first time in three seasons.
KIA starter Yoon Young-cheol allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings, but became the winning pitcher with help from the batting line.
SSG, ranked 3rd, suffered 3 consecutive losses.
■ Kim Seong-wook and Park Geon-woo solo performance chorus… NC defeated Samsung for two days in a row
NC defeated the Samsung Lions for two days in a row after a close game in the rain.
In the visiting game against the Samsung Lions held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 2nd, NC won 5-1 with starter Lee Jae-hak’s pitching and home runs from Kim Seong-wook and Park Geon-woo.
While the 1st to 3rd place teams all lost, 4th place NC, which won 2 games in a row, moved closer to 3rd place SSG Landers, who lost 3 times in a row, by 1.5 games.
The gap with 2nd place KT Wiz was narrowed to 3.5 games.
On this day, the game was stopped due to heavy rain after the bottom of the second inning was 0-0, but resumed after 1 hour and 28 minutes.
After the game resumed, NC immediately scored when the Samsung pitcher changed from Won Tae-in to Lee Jae-ik.
In the top of the third inning, with two hits and a walk, with the bases loaded and two outs, Oh Young-soo hit a two-run single to left, taking the lead to 2-0.
Samsung, which was being dragged, made up for one run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Kim Ji-chan walked, and Kim Hyun-jun hit a triple to the right field.
However, NC’s leadoff hitter Kim Seong-wook hit a left-field solo home run in the top of the 7th inning, widening the lead to 3-1.
NC continued to win with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base, and Kim Hyeong-jun hit a timely hit to right, leading 4-1.
In the top of the 9th inning, Park Geon-woo drew a solo arch to the right and decided the game.
NC starter Lee Jae-hak became the winning pitcher by allowing 6 hits and 1 run in 5 innings even when the game was stopped for a long time.
■ Kim Seon-gi’s surprise pitching in 6 innings… Kiwoom defeats KT for 3rd consecutive win
At Gocheok Dome, Kiwoom Heroes defeated KT Wiz 3-0 thanks to a surprising performance from starter Kim Seon-ki.
9th place Kiwoom, who won 3 consecutive wins, belatedly reached the 50-win mark (70 losses, 3 draws).
Kim Seon-ki, who has been a starting pitcher since late August, pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and no runs, earning his first win of the season (2 losses, 1 save).
In the bottom of the first inning, Kiwoom had the bases loaded with no outs thanks to an infield hit and two walks by leadoff hitter Kim Tae-jin, then Song Seong-moon hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Joo-hyung Lee hit a hit to right to take a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Song Seong-moon brought in Ronnie Dawson, who had hit a double, with a single to right, giving them a 3-0 lead.
There were no additional points after that, but the team mound completely blocked the KT batting lineup.
After Kim Seon-gi pitched 6 innings, 메이저사이트 Yoon Seok-won, Ha Young-min, and Kim Jae-woong took charge of 1 inning each, resulting in a shutout win for the team.
KT, ranked 2nd with only 3 sporadic hits, suffered 2 consecutive losses.
■ Hanwha defeats LG and escapes 8 straight losses… Noh Si-hwan hits 30 home runs for the first time since his debut
In Jamsil, the last-place Hanwha Eagles defeated the leaders LG Twins 5-3 and broke their eight-game losing streak.
Hanwha took a 3-0 lead with starting pitcher Ricardo Sanchez holding LG’s batting line to 3 hits and 0 runs with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings.
In the second inning, with one out and two on second base, Jang Jin-hyuk hit a timely hit to score the go-ahead RBI.
In the 6th inning, Noh Si-hwan hit a two-run home run to left to take a 3-0 lead.
Noh Si-hwan, the home run leader, achieved 30 home runs in a season for the first time since his debut in 2019.
Noh Si-hwan widened the gap with Choi Jeong (SSG Landers, 24), who ranked second in home runs, and took the sole lead.
In addition, following former Hanwha Eagles main hitter and commentator Kim Tae-gyun, who hit 31 home runs at the age of 21, he followed in the footsteps of ‘a hitter who hit 30 home runs in a single season at the age of 22 or younger’ after 20 years.
Noh Si-hwan also set a home run record against his former club for the second time this season.
LG, which was being dragged, quickly tied the game with Park Hae-min’s thunderous three-run home run from first and third base with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
However, closer Go Woo-seok, who took the mound in the top of the 9th inning, collapsed.
With the bases loaded and 2 outs, Hanwha Lee Jin-young hit a 2-RBI single to left, scoring the thrilling final RBI.
The Doosan Bears-Lotte Giants game scheduled to be held at Sajik Stadium in Busan was canceled due to rain.
This game will be held at the same location on Monday the 4th at 6:30 PM.
Meanwhile, 73,773 people entered the four stadiums on this day, recording a season attendance of 6,148,148 after 558 games, quickly surpassing last year’s total attendance of 6,076,074.