[이데일리 스타in 이석무 기자] Park Byeong-ho saved KT Wiz from defeat, and Cho Yong-ho ended the comeback victory.
KT won 3-2 in the home match against LG Twins in the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 17th thanks to Park Byeong-ho’s two-run two-run at the end of the 8th and Cho Yong-ho’s finishing hit at the end of the 9th.
With this, KT got out of the swamp of the recent four straight losses. With 17 wins and 21 losses, they are still in 8th place. On the other hand, LG, which finished two consecutive wins, was 23-16. The ranking stayed in second place.
LG took a 2-0 lead by scoring two points with Kim Hyun-soo’s first solo home run and Park Hae-min’s sacrifice fly from center field in the fifth inning after two shootouts in the third inning.
The 2-0 score continued into the second half of the game. LG starter Casey Kelly played 6 innings, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and no runs. Lee Jung-yong, who followed, also struck out two in the bottom of the 7th inning and blocked the three-way scoreless run.
KT, who was being dragged to a scoreless point, started a counterattack late at the end of the 8th inning. With Jo Yong-ho on base with a ball that fit his body, the situation was 2 out of 3 bases. Park Byeong-ho, who entered the plate, pushed the 154km fastball of LG Pilseung setup man Jung Woo-young, leading to a superior two-run home run.
KT, who made the tie 2-2, laughed out loud with a hit in the ninth inning. Cho Yong-ho hit a double penetrating right fielder against LG Gu-joo Kim Jin-seong on a one-off first-base opportunity created by a left-handed hit by the lead batsman. Meanwhile, the first base runner assignment team came to the home and the game was over.
Park Byeong-ho had one hit and two RBIs in four at-bats that day. His only hit was a two-run tie. Park Byeong-ho, who leads the home run, increased the number of home runs in the season to 13 and widened the gap with second-placed Han Dong-hee (Lotte) by five. Jo Yong-ho also wielded a batting blow, including a finisher hit, 4 at-bats in 5 at-bats, 1 RBI in 1 four pitches.
KT starting Audrey Samer Despaine allowed eight hits (one home run) in seven innings, but conceded only two runs and laid the foundation for victory.
LG had no choice but to regret the fact that the bullpen they trusted had collapsed.