Baseball’s KT Wiz reignited its first-place fight with a dramatic ninth-inning comeback win over LG Twins closer Ko Woo-seok.
KT rallied from a 0-3 deficit in the ninth inning to win 4-3 at home against LG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon on Saturday.
Second-place KT snapped a four-game losing streak and closed the gap on first-place LG to 5.5 games.
KT started the comeback in the ninth inning when Moon Sang-chul, the leadoff hitter, hit a double.
Jang Sung-woo followed with a single to bring Moon home.
Pinch-hitter Ahn Chi-young retired the side on a three-pitch walk, but Park Kyung-soo drew a walk to start the rally.
After cutting the deficit to one run with a single up the middle, KT loaded the bases with a walk to Kim Sang-soo.
After Kim Min-hyuk grounded out to short, it looked like they couldn’t get any closer, but Hwang Jae-gyun hit a high-bound grounder over the head of third baseman Moon Bo-kyung to end the game.
It was Hwang’s ninth career game-winning hit.
LG scored one run on Austin Dean’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, one run on Kim Hyun-soo’s RBI single in the eighth, and one run on Hong Chang-ki’s RBI double in the ninth.
However, Go Woo-seok collapsed in the bottom of the ninth inning and suffered a heartbreaking loss.
KT starter Wes Benjamin allowed one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings, while LG starter Casey Kelly pitched seven innings of two-hit ball with two walks and eight strikeouts, but neither could get the win.
In Jamsil, the KIA Tigers used the power of their bats to defeat the Doosan Bears 7-1, extending their winning streak to nine games in 10 months.
KIA’s nine-game winning streak is the longest in 3,730 days since the Mokdong Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes on June 8, 2013, and the Daejeon Hanwha Eagles on June 20.
After failing to score an early run against Doosan ace Kwak Bin, KIA broke the game open with a two-run homer by Na Sung-beom in the third inning.
Na Sung-beom hit his 15th home run of the season, a 125-meter shot with two outs in the third inning on a curveball from Kwak Bin.
It was his third home run against his former club this season, joining Jose Pirela (Samsung Lions) and Roh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles).
According to Trackman, Na’s bat speed was 176.7 kilometers per hour and the distance was 124.9 meters.
In the fourth inning, Park Chan-ho singled with runners on first and second and then Kim Do-young hit his fourth two-run homer of the season with runners on first and third.
Kim’s high fastball from Kwak Bin was clocked at 173.8 kilometers per hour and traveled 130 meters.
The fired-up KIA bats didn’t stop there, pulling Kwak-Bin off the mound and putting runners on first and second with a Socrates Brito double to extend the lead to 7-0.
KIA will now attempt to win 10 straight games for the first time in more than 14 years and one month.
If KIA wins against Doosan in Jamsil on July 7, it will win 10 straight games for the first time in 5,139 days since July 30, 2009, against the Busan Lotte Giants and August 11, 2009, against the Gwangju Lotte.
In Ulsan, the Samsung Lions snapped a three-game losing streak against the Lotte Giants with a late-game rally.
Scoring two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth, the Lions outlasted Lotte 7-2 and became the ninth team in the league to reach 50 wins (65 losses and one tie).
The gap between No. 8 Samsung and No. 7 Lotte is four games.
Samsung, which took the lead on Lee Jae-hyun’s sacrifice fly in the second inning, gave up an RBI double to Lee Jung-hoon and an infield grounder to Jeon Jun-woo in the sixth to take a 1-2 lead.
In the seventh inning, Samsung took advantage of reliever Choi Jun-yong.
An infield single by Kim Ji-chan and a single by Kim Sung-yoon put runners on first and third, and Samsung responded with a two-run double by Koo Ja-rook.
In the eighth inning, a passed ball plated two runs and Kang Min-ho’s RBI double sealed the win.
Samsung’s Koo Ja-uk went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two walks to lead his team to victory.
In Changwon, the NC Dinos swept the Kiwoom Heroes 8-2 to stay in fourth place.
NC’s No. 1 through No. 4 hitters, Son Ah-seop, Park Min-woo, Park Geon-woo, and Jason Martin, all had two hits apiece.
After briefly losing the fourth spot to KIA, which went on a winning streak, fourth-place NC regained it and maintained a half-game lead over fifth-place KIA.
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, NC took a quick 6-1 lead after Park Min-woo’s RBI single, Park Gun-woo’s RBI double, and Martin’s RBI double.
In the top of the eighth inning, with the score 6-2, pinch-hitter Kwon Hee-dong hit a two-run double to seal the win.
In Daejeon, the Hanwha Eagles rallied to defeat the SSG Landers 6-5 in extra innings.
Down 4-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Hanwha tied the game against SSG closer Seo Jin-yong with three straight hits from leadoff hitter Choi In-ho, Jang Jin-hyuk, and Park Sang-un.
A sacrifice bunt by Lee Do-yoon and an intentional walk by Jeong Eun-won loaded the bases for Hanwha, but Oh Sun-jin was stranded with the game-winning run.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Hanwha loaded the bases again with a single, an error, and an intentional walk before Jeong Eun-won drove in the winning run with a pitcher’s choice infield hit to end the game.
Hanwha, which dropped to last place on the first of the month, overtook Kiwoom for the first time in five days.
SSG’s Choi led off the third inning with a double and came home on a double by Guillermo Heredia, the next batter, to give him 1,356 RBIs in his KBO career, moving him past Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop into sole possession of first place in that category.
Two batters later in the seventh inning, Choi completed his second career 1,300-four-pitch at-bat (walk + hit by pitch), and came home on Heredia’s double to extend his career total to 1,357. 토토사이트