Lim Byung-wook and Chang-min 3 Consecutive Fights to Fight
Kiwoom Heroes won a thrilling comeback victory in three consecutive games at home to snap Pajuk’s three-game winning streak.
The Lotte Giants sprinkled a sprinkle of hot pepper powder and ended the week in a good mood.
Kiwoom won 3-3 in the 20th game of the season against Lotte in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 14th.
They had the momentum of a 7-6 come-from-behind victory the day before to sweep three straight games over the weekend. 지울프-토토
Kiwoom made up the batting order with Kim Jun-wan (left fielder)-Kim Hye-sung (second baseman)-Dawson (center fielder)-Song Sung-moon (third baseman)-Kim Hwi-jip (shortstop)-Lee Joo-hyung (designated hitter)-Jeon Byung-woo (first baseman)-Lim Byung-wook (right fielder)-Kim Siang (catcher).
Rookie Oh Sang-won took the mound for his first start in his professional debut.
Lotte made up the starting lineup with Ahn Kwon-so (left fielder)-Kim Min-seok (center fielder)-Lee Jung-hoon (designated hitter)-Ahn Chi-hong (first baseman)-Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder)-Han Dong-hee (third baseman)-Park Seung-wook (second baseman)-Lee Jung-geun (catcher)-Bae Young-bin (shortstop).
Park Se-woong took on the task of being the stopper of the losing streak and was sent in as the starting pitcher.
It was Lotte who overpowered the steamer.
After two outs in the top of the first inning
Lee Jung-hoon singled and scored the go-ahead run on Ahn Chi-hong’s RBI double to take a 1-2 lead.
Lotte had batters swinging wild in the second inning as well.
Leading hitter Park Seung-wook’s ball net
Lee Jung-geun and Bae Young-bin’s back-to-back hits connected Musa Manlu Chance to the top of the batting line.
The mood subsided briefly as Ahn Kwon-so and Kim Min-seok retired to shallow outfield floating
but Lee Jung-hoon hit a two-RBI single to make the score 1-2.
Kiwoom, who was being dragged down
fought back in the bottom of the third inning.
Leading hitter Lim Byung-wook’s groundout and Kim Xiang’s hit put runners on base
and Kim Jun-wan’s RBI single on first and third base made up for one run to make it 1-0.
Lotte also responded with a strong attack.
In the top of the fourth inning, lead hitter Bae Young-bin hit a two-run homer and then Ahn Kwon-so’s sacrifice bunt and Kim Min-seok’s one-RBI outfield sacrifice fly followed smoothly to make it 2-2.
Kiwoom also continued the pursuit.
In the bottom of the fourth inning
lead hitter Kim Hwi-jip was run out on an error by Lotte second baseman Park Seung-wook, and two batters later
Lim Byung-wook blasted a two-run home run to quickly narrow the score gap to 4-2.
Kiwoom turned the game around in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After leading hitter Kim Tae-jin reached base on an error by Lotte second baseman Park Seung-wook
Lim Byung-wook’s hit and Kim Dong-heon’s sacrifice bunt led to the top of the first, second and third base chances
and Kim Jun-wan’s RBI outfield sacrifice fly tied the game at 2-2. In the ensuing two-out double
Kim Hye-sung’s RBI double and Dawson’s RBI single added two more runs to make it 4-3.
Lotte didn’t back down easily either.
In the top of the eighth inning
after leading hitter Jung Hoon grounded out to the plate, Lee Jung-geun hit an RBI double to make it 7-2. Following Bae Young-bin’s hit
Musa scored on a runner on first and third base on Jeon Joon-woo’s infield ground ball
tying the score at 1-2.
But it was Kiwoom who laughed at the last moment.
Kiwoom saved a bases-loaded chance in the bottom of the eighth inning with a ball net by leading hitter Yong Yong-gyu
a hit by Kim Tae-jin and a ball by Lim Byung-wook after the first inning.
Kim Dong-heon’s push-out sand dunes made it 3-1 and took a one-point lead.
Kiwoom then finished off the final defensive game of the regular inning in the top of the ninth inning when Im Chang-min silenced Lotte’s last resistance without conceding a run.
The 9-year-old Lim Chang-min showed his fighting spirit for the third consecutive day to secure the victory for his team.
Kiwoom fell short of expectations as starting pitcher Oh Sang-won went 38/3 innings
allowing five hits
and three runs with one strikeout
but the batters rallied and blew the whistle for their third consecutive win.
Key hitters such as Kim Jun-wan 1-for-5 with 2 hit and 1 RBI
Dawson 3-for-3 with 4 hits and 1 RBI
and Lim Byung-wook 2-for-4 with 2 home run
2 runs scored and 2 walks.
On the other hand
Lotte had Park Se-woong pitch 1 innings
allowing 2 hits, 3 home run
and 4 runs (1 earned)
but he kept his head down as the bullpen struggle and fielder’s error overlapped. After ending a four-game winning streak
they were mired in a three-game losing streak
making the battle for the top five even tougher.