KT, out of ‘group slump’ grabs Doosan and takes first place by 2.5 game car
Enter 2021.10.14 (21:28)
Revision 2021.10.14 (23:12)
The recently faltering kt wiz defeated the gritty Doosan Bears and revived the team mood that had subsided.
In the match against Doosan in the 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 14th, kt won 6-2 in a fierce fight from starter Sook-Jun.
After losing twice in a row the day before and being chased by the second-placed team by 1.5 games, kt continued to lead the race by widening the ride by 2.5 games again.
It was a welcome match for kt, as the team’s lineup, which had fallen into a group slump, showed signs of reviving.
KT took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, which was 0-0, after two runs in the second inning, followed by Yuhan-jun and Bae Jeong-dae’s consecutive hits, and 8th batter Oh Yoon-seok blew a double with a double.
Doosan made up for one point with Park Geon-woo’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning, and Kim In-tae hit a left-handed hit following Kim Jae-hwan’s walk to make the score 2-2.
However, in the 4th inning, when Yuhan-jun and Bae Jeong-dae created a scoring opportunity with consecutive hits again in the 4th inning, Shim Woo-jun blew a right-handed hit in the ninth and took the lead 3-2 again.
In the beginning of the 6th inning, kt, who added one point with Bae Jeong-dae’s triple and Shim Woo-jun’s just-in-time hit, added two points in the 7th inning, and ran away 6-2 to win.
Sook-Jun allowed 7 hits and 2 walks up to the 6th inning, but he gave up only 2 points and effectively blocked it, becoming the winning pitcher.
In Gwangju, the KIA Tigers defeated the Samsung Lions 5-2 thanks to the batting performances of Daniel Mengden and Choi Hyung-woo.
In the third inning, Choi Won-jun picked a heavy hit and Yoo Min-sang took a walk, and then Choi Hyeong-woo hit a double with a double in the middle to set the early lead.
At the end of the 5th inning, Hyeong-woo Choi, who was the lead hitter, hit a double again, and after a fierce fight, Preston Tucker went out with a hit ball, and then Ji-hyeok Ryu hit a right-handed hit to lead 3-0.
KIA, which continued to make 1 company 2nd and 3rd base with Choi Jeong-yong’s sending bunt, got the victory by calling in 2 runners with Kim Min-sik’s heavy hit and running away 5-0.
Samsung, who had only one hit until the 7th inning, made up for two points in the early 8th inning with Koo Ja-wook’s right-handed hit and an opponent’s error in 2 outs, 1st and 3rd, but could not pursue it any longer.
KIA Mengden struck out five in six innings, allowed only one hit and two walks, and stopped without a score to achieve his sixth win (three losses) of the season.
Won Tae-in was sacked after hitting 9 hits and allowing 5 runs in 4⅓ innings.
The LG Twins returned to second place after defeating the Lotte Giants 13-3 in their visit to Busan.
LG took the lead in the first inning, Hong Chang-gi, picked a walk and succeeded in stealing second base, so Kim Hyun-soo called in a just-time hit in midfield and took the lead lightly.
In the second inning, Lee Young-bin walked and Moon Seong-ju survived with an infield hit, and Yoo Gang-nam blew a double in double to lead 3-0.
In the 6th inning, LG, who once again had a chance to get 1 and 2 bases, ran away 6-0 after Hong Chang-ki’s double and Kim Hyeon-soo hit a right-handed hit with two runs.
After two shootouts, Chae Eun-seong hit a two-run homer from the left, widening the score to 8-0.
In the ninth inning, LG also added three points to Lee Jae-won’s two stores, putting a wedge.
Lotte made up for the three points with Kim Min-soo’s double in the bottom of the ninth, but it had nothing to do with the game.
LG starter Casey Kelly blocked four runs in six innings, and main gun Hyun-soo Kim wielded three hits and four RBIs in four at-bats.
The NC Dinos beat the Kiwoom Heroes 8-4 in their visit to Gocheok Dome.
NC took the lead in the first inning with a just-in-time hit by Yang Eui-ji in the first inning, but Kiwoom made 1-1 after Lee Yong-gyu hit a home run in the first pitch after a shift in airlift.
Kiwoom lowered the starting pitcher Won-tae Choi in the early 6th inning, which had a tight balance, and added Cho Sang-woo, the ‘nuclear of the bullpen’, to increase the number of wins, but it was a defeat.
In NC, lead hitter Yang Eui-ji opened the door with a double from left middle, and Aaron Altair and Kang Jin-seong each hit just-times to lead 3-1.
After two deaths, Ki-Hwan Kim hit a two-run homer and ran away 5-1, tying Cho Sang-Woo.
For Kiwoom, Kim Woong-bin, who hit a triple in the bottom of the 7th, scored with a just-time hit by Song Seong-moon, and in the 8th, Jeong-hoo Lee hit a double with a triple, chasing it 4-5.
However, in the ninth inning, Na Seong-beom’s double and Do Tae-hoon’s just-in-time hit were tied to NC’s 3 runs and 8-4, and the game was divided.
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