KT and Samsung lose, LG wins… The first team in the pennant race will be decided on the final day
The courageous Doosan Bears will participate in ‘Autumn Baseball’ for 7 consecutive years.
4th place Doosan won the 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA Tigers 11-5 on the 29th at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, thanks to Yang Seok-hwan’s first three-run home run.
Doosan, which recorded 70 wins, 65 losses, 8 draws, and a win rate of 0.519, secured at least 5th place regardless of the results of the last day’s match, 1.5 games ahead of the 6th place Kiwoom Heroes (69 wins 67 losses and 7 draws).
As a result, Doosan has been in the postseason for seven consecutive years since 2015, when Kim Tae-hyung took over as manager.
Doosan took the lead in the first inning with two hits in the first inning, followed by Park Geon-woo and Kim Jae-hwan’s hits, and Yang Seok-hwan’s three-run homer on the left.
It is Yang Seok-hwan’s personal most home run of the season, 28th, and a home run against the former team.
Doosan, whose momentum rose, widened the score to 5-0 in the beginning of the second inning, when KIA third baseman Ryu Ji-hyeok made a defensive error and Park Geon-woo blew a two-run left-handed hit.
KIA recovered two points in the second inning with Choi Jeong-yong’s just-time hit and push-out walk.
In the beginning of the 3rd inning, Doosan ran another point with Park Se-hyeok’s just-time hit, but KIA responded with Park Chan-ho’s just-time hit and caught up with a 3-6 score.
However, Doosan added one point with Park Se-hyeok’s just-time hit in the 5th inning and Kim Jae-hwan in the 6th inning put a dominant 3-run homer into the outfield stand and ran away 10-3.
Kim Jae-hwan hit 200 home runs in his career.
At the end of the ninth, Kim Seok-hwan, who fell behind 3-11 by KIA, greeted the home fans with a two-run homer.
This is the first home run of Kim Seok-hwan, who joined in 2017.
Except for Doosan, the rankings of the top teams were not revealed until the day before the end of the pennant race.
While joint 1st place kt wiz and Samsung Lions lost on the same day, 3rd place LG Twins won.
Accordingly, the ride between KT, Samsung, and LG was narrowed down to a half-game car.
In the final match, if KT and Samsung lose and only LG wins, LG will take the first place in reverse and go straight to the Korean Series.
On the other hand, if one team of KT or Samsung wins and the other team loses, the winning team will be ranked first and advance to the Korean Series.
If both kt and Samsung win the match on the last day, both teams will be tied and the first match in history will be played in Daegu on the 31st.
LG, who had hopes for a comeback until the end, defeated the Lotte Giants 4-1 at Sajik Stadium that day.
LG took the lead in the first inning by hitting home with Kim Hyeon-soo’s just-in-time hit following the sending bunt after Hong Chang-ki, a leading hitter, hit a left-handed hit in the first inning.
After failing to score additional goals, LG strengthened against the Lotte bullpen when starting Dan Straley went down from the Lotte mound in the early 6th inning.
LG, who added one point with a right-handed hit from pinch hitter Chae Eun-seong at 1 company and 3 base, took a 4-0 lead with Hong Chang-ki’s midfield hit and Seo Geon-chang’s infield grounder, 4-0.
After two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, when Bae Seong-geun hit a double on the left wing and went out, Kim Min-soo called in with a right-handed hit and made up for one point, but failed to come back.
At Gocheok Dome, 6th place Kiwoom Heroes defeated KT 4-2.
Kiwoom, with 69 wins, 7 draws and 67 losses (win rate of 0.507) in the season, caught up with 5th place SSG Landers (66 wins, 14 draws, 63 losses, win rate of 0.512) by 0.5 games.
For Kiwoom to take fifth place, they must defeat the KIA Tigers on the 30th and watch SSG’s results.
The first point was picked by kt.
After two shots in the first inning, Kang Baek-ho’s left middle double and Yuhan-jun’s right-time hit in the middle were combined to score one point.
However, Kiwoom simply turned the tide after a shift in airlift.
Kiwoom, who seized a chance to run out with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, hit a double with a double in which Park Byeong-ho pierced the side of third baseman like a bullet.
After that, Kiwoom, who scored one point with KT’s starting Audrey Samer Despaine, took a 4-1 lead with follow-up hitter Park Dong-won with a right-handed hit.
In the beginning of the 4th inning, kt, who was being dragged, caught up with Shim Woo-joon’s surprise bunt with Shim Woo-jun’s surprise bunt at 1st and 3rd base, which led to Baejeong’s walk and Shin Bon-ki’s hit.
But I couldn’t pursue it any longer.
In Changwon, 7th NC Dinos, who were frustrated in advancing to ‘Autumn Baseball’, beat Samsung 3-1.
In the bottom of the first inning, Eui-ji Yang blew a right-handed hit from 2nd and 2nd base in the first inning to take the lead.
At the end of the 4th inning, Yang Eui-ji drew a solo arch on the left wall and took a 2-0 lead.
Samsung, who was hardly able to attack the NC mound, made up for one point with a pinch hit in the 2nd and 1st base in the early 8th inning.
However, NC won the victory by calling Choi Jeong-won, who had a hit that fell in the left middle after the airlift shift, and Kim Joo-won with a double, and ran 3-1.
NC starter Dru Luchinsky became the winning pitcher by striking out five up to the sixth inning and keeping five hits and no runs.
Samsung starter Baek Jeong-hyeon gave up 3 runs with 7 hits in 7⅓ innings and used the yoke of defeat.