The LG Twins closed the gap on first-place SSG Landers with their fourth consecutive winning series.
LG won 7-3 at home against the Lotte Giants of the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League 2023 at Jamsil Stadium on Friday. With the two wins, LG improved to 2-1 in the series, extending its winning streak to four straight games, beginning with a series against the Samsung Lions in Jamsil on April 13-15. LG, which is 43-2-2 (0.623 winning percentage – second place) on the season, cut the gap to 0.5 games from 1.5 games with SSG (43-1-25 – 0.632 winning percentage), which lost 2-5 in Incheon. It was Lotte’s sixth straight losing series and 33rd in a row온라인바카라.
LG, which had a de facto “bullpen day” on the mound, struggled a bit with its mound strength and failed to take an early lead. Lee Jung-yong, making his first start since his debut, was pulled after two innings of one-run ball, and Choi Dong-hwan, who was trying to fill in for him, gave up two runs with one out. Still, Jung Woo-young (0.2 innings), Lee Woo-chan (1 inning), Ham Deok-joo (2 innings), Park Myung-geun (1 inning), and Kim Jin-sung (1 inning) held on for a chance.
The stifling offense only began to break through in the second half. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the only run came on a grounder by Moon Sung-joo, but the offense was able to hold on for dear life. In the bottom of the seventh inning, LG tied the game at 3-3 on a single by Kim Hyun-soo with runners on first and second.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the offense finally got its blood flowing. Moon Bo-kyung started it off. Pinch-hitting for leadoff hitter Kim Min-sung, he was facing an unfavorable 0B-2S count against Lotte reliever Koo Seung-min, but he took advantage of a three-pitch forkball for a single to right field. The LG bench instructed the next batter, Park Hae-min, to lay down a sacrifice bunt to send Moon to second base, and Moon’s concentration shone through in the ensuing situation. On the ensuing 1-2-3 count, the Lotte Keystone duo of Park Seung-wook and Ahn Chi-hong took advantage of Shin Min-jae’s poor handling of a grounder to shortstop that could have connected for a double.
LG’s offense intensified after Moon’s final run. In the bottom of the inning, Moon Sung-joo doubled to center field off Lotte reliever Kim Won-joong to make it 6-3, and Kim Hyun-soo followed with an RBI single to right field. After the big inning in the bottom of the eighth, the LG bench brought up closer Ko Woo-seok in the top of the ninth to end the long game.