Peddie on the mound – all starters hit & scored NC’s two-hit bomb, invincible LG also white flagged

NC dominated LG in both games. Starting pitcher Peddie shut down the LG bats with seven innings of three-hit ball and one run, while the NC bats pounded out 19 hits, including two home runs.

Peddie, the NC ace who leads the KBO in ERA and wins this season, pitched a perfect game, not allowing a single hit or four pitches to the LG batters until the bottom of the fifth inning.

The NC bats, on the other hand, scored a leadoff single before the end of the third inning and a leadoff double before the end of the fourth inning against Choi Won-tae, the starter LG acquired in a trade to help them win the Korean Series. It was the first time this season that a starter hit and scored at the same time.

LG entered the bottom of the fourth inning without a run on offense and trailing 0-7. By the fourth inning, Pedi had thrown only 45 pitches. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop took his starting catcher Park Dong-won, shortstop Oh Ji-hwan, and center fielder Park Hae-min out of the game. In effect, he chose to raise the white flag and rest his main players.

The LG bats were stymied by Pedi’s shifty two-seam fastball and big breaking curveball. In the top of the fifth inning, Pedi’s ‘perfect’ game was shattered when Kim Min-sung hit a 152-kilometer-per-hour fastball that came in to beat the count with two outs.

After giving up a solo shot to Austin in the seventh inning, Peddy walked off the mound after throwing just 80 pitches. Peddy’s ERA, which was 2.01 before this game, dropped to 1.97. Peddie now leads the team in ERA and wins (16).

Despite being held scoreless thanks 안전놀이터 to Austin’s home run, the 1-14 loss was LG’s highest-scoring loss of the season.

KT improved its win-loss margin from -14 to +13, and now trails LG by 6.5 games.

Second-place KT closed the gap on LG with a 3-1 win over Lotte, which is still recovering from its resignation. KT had a -14 win-loss margin through May 18, but on that day, it became the second team in the league to reach 60 wins (47 losses) and improved its win-loss margin to +13.

This is a record-breaking turnaround for the entire Korean Baseball Organization. Of all the teams in history that have gone from a -10 or worse win-loss margin to +, only SK in 2005 (-11 to +21) had a bigger turnaround than KT this season, jumping 35 spots in their win-loss margin. Depending on the outcome of their remaining games, KT could even surpass that mark.
Lotte, on the other hand, dropped its fifth straight game with the loss. Walkerson, who has been pitching well since joining Lotte on July 26, pitched well again today with seven innings and two runs (one earned), but the lack of run support cost him his first loss of the season.

○Gwangju’s ‘Sanchez Derby’ victory means that the owner of Anbang

In Gwangju, it was the first time in 19 years that a starting pitcher with the same name had faced off against each other. KIA’s Sanchez, who took the mound, pitched seven innings and one run (six strikeouts and two walks) against Hanwha’s Sanchez (five innings and two runs).

Holding a narrow one-run lead (2-1) until the top of the seventh inning, KIA extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Choi Hyung-woo hit his 15th home run of the season (two runs), and Jung Hae-young secured his 11th save of the season.

○Guibin tosses 8 scoreless innings for 10th win in his debut

Doosan’s starting pitcher Kwak Bin pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the team to a 10-1 victory over Jamsil SSG. Kwak earned his 10th career win. SSG handed Doosan an early lead after starter Kim Kwang-hyun was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) in four innings. For SSG, Han Yoo-seom, who has hit safely in each of his last four games, had a multi-hit performance, including an RBI single in the ninth inning.

○Kiwoom scores six runs on eight hits, including a home run in the second inning, to snap three-game losing streak

Kiwoom pounded out eight hits, including a two-run home run by Kim Soo-hwan in the second inning alone, to score six runs and snap a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over Daegu Samsung Electronics. Ace Ahn Woo-jin, who received ample run support, pitched six innings of two-run (one earned) ball to record his ninth win of the season.

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