(EXPRESS NEWS JAMIL, Korea) The Lotte Giants defeated the LG Twins in a hard-fought pitching battle to end a three-game losing streak. Park Se-woong’s strong pitching and Yoo Soo-jin’s focus on defense shined.
Lotte won the seventh game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against LG 2-1 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday. It was a valuable point for Lotte, which has slumped to 3-12 in June and is facing its biggest crisis since the start of the season.
LG’s starting lineup was Hong Chang-ki (right field), Park Hae-min (center field), Kim Hyun-soo (first base), Austin (designated hitter), Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop), Park Dong-won (catcher), Moon Bo-kyung (third base), Moon Sung-joo (left field), and Shin Min-jae (second base). Ace Casey Kelly started on the mound.
Lotte countered Kelly with the following batting order: Go Seung-min (first base)-Yoon Dong-hee (right field)-Rex (left field)-Jeon Jun-woo 메이저사이트 (designated hitter)-Ahn Chi-hong (second base)-Han Dong-hee (third base)-Park Seung-wook (shortstop)-Yoo Kang-nam (catcher)-Kim Min-seok (center field). “Glasses Ace” Park Se-woong took the mound with the task of stopping the losing streak.
The game began with a fierce pitching battle. After shutting down the Lotte offense with a triple in the first inning, LG’s Kelly pitched a four-hit shutout until the sixth inning. He was not without his struggles (runners on first and second in the second inning, runners on first and second in the third inning, runners on first and first in the fourth inning, and runners on second and first in the sixth inning), but he continued to pitch aggressively.
Park Se-woong was also in great form. After retiring the LG offense in order in the first and second innings, he showed off his sharp stuff by retiring eight straight batters before allowing Moon Sung-joo to reach first base with a single up the middle in the bottom of the third. He didn’t allow a single runner to reach base through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
The flow of the game changed in the seventh inning. After Han Dong-hee led off the top of the seventh with a single to right, Lotte immediately brought in pinch-hitter Jang Doo-sung. However, the next batter, Park Seung-wook, hit a pitcher-pinch-hitter-first baseman double play and failed to score.
After taking a breather, LG took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki singled to left, and a batter later, Kim Hyun-soo singled up the middle to put runners on third and fourth with Austin at the plate.
Park Se-woong induced a grounder to Austin at second base, but Austin sprinted to first base after the hit to prevent a double play. In the meantime, Hong Chang-ki crossed home plate to give LG a 1-0 lead. The Lotte bench requested a video review of Austin’s safe first base call, but the outcome was unchanged.
Lotte quickly responded. In the top of the eighth inning, leadoff hitter Yoo Kang-nam singled to left, pinch-hitter Hwang Sung-bin was brought in, and Kim Min-seok’s sacrifice bunt put runners on first and second. At that point, Hwang collided with LG shortstop Oh Ji-hwan at second base, and Lotte manager Larry Sutton protested the interference.
The four umpires agreed and ruled that Hwang was obstructing a runner, allowing him to advance to third base. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop came on the field and made a strong appeal, but the situation changed to a runner on third base.
Lotte capitalized on the opportunity. Go Seung-min hit an outfield sacrifice fly to score Hwang Sung-bin and tie the game at 1-1.
With momentum on their side, Lotte took down LG closer Ko Woo-seok in the top of the ninth. After a leadoff walk to Jeon Jun-woo, Ahn Chi-hong singled to left to put runners on first and third, and Park Seung-wook followed with an RBI double to make it 2-1.
Lotte held on to the one-run lead. Closer Kim Won-joong put an end to LG’s last stand. Park Se-woong’s eight innings of one-run relief and Park Seung-wook’s game-winning hit snapped a three-game losing streak.