Is it a wild card? Semi-playoffs?
‘Defending champion’ SSG Landers is showing signs of relief ahead of the regular season finale.메이저놀이터
In the home game against the NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 4th, SSG won 10-5 with the team’s batting lineup exploding, including Hanyu Island hitting a three-run home run.
As a result, 5th place SSG, which has recently won 4 consecutive games, is one step closer to qualifying for the fall baseball season.
In addition, SSG is looking at a leap forward in rankings as it trails NC and Doosan Bears, who are tied for third place, by one game.
As of the 4th, the mid-level professional baseball rankings were LG Twins (83 wins, 2 draws, 51 losses, 0.619), which confirmed its first regular league championship in 29 years, and second place KT Wiz (75 wins, 3 draws, 61 losses, 0.551), which ranked third. They won by 3 games and got one step closer to going straight to the playoffs.
The problem is that the gap between 3rd to 5th place, which will determine the teams that advance directly to the semi-playoffs and the teams that advance to the wild card, has been narrowed to 1 game.
NC Dinos (70 wins, 2 draws, 62 losses, 0.530), tied for 3rd place after suffering a 5-game losing streak, cannot guarantee their ranking, and Doosan Bears (70 wins, 2 draws, 62 losses, 0.530) is also tied for 4th consecutive win, and SSG (69 wins, 3 wins, 0.530) They are trailing by 1 game with 63 draws and 0.523.
In this day’s game, NC scored first when Son Ah-seop, who hit a double in the top of the fourth inning, homered on Park Geon-woo’s sacrifice fly.
However, after a shift in offense and defense, SSG scored 2 points with Guillermo Heredia’s double and Hanyu Island’s infield hit to turn the tables.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, 4 hits and 2 walks, including Hanyuseom’s 3-run home run, resulted in 6 runs, and quickly took the game to 8-1.
NC took advantage of SSG’s mistake in the top of the 6th inning and made up for 3 runs with Kwon Hee-dong’s 2 RBI double.
However, SSG split the game in the bottom of the 7th inning when Hanyu Island hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs to go up 10-4.
Hanyu Island swung the bat with 4 hits and 6 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
SSG starter Gwang-Hyun Kim went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs (1 earned run) and became the winning pitcher with help from the batting line.
With this day’s mound, Kim Gwang-hyun, who has recorded a total of 2,004 ⅓ innings since his debut in 2007, became the 8th pitcher in the KBO League to exceed 2,000 innings.
NC, which recently suffered five consecutive losses, is in a position where even a tie for third place cannot be guaranteed.
■ LG wins again over Lotte…
The LG Twins, who confirmed the regular season championship in Busan, held an emotional ceremony after beating the Lotte Giants 7-6 in a visiting game held at Sajik Stadium in Busan.
The LG players looked at the away spectators and chanted, ‘Towards victory, one Twins! A placard was displayed that read, ‘This is a result achieved by becoming one with the fans!’
Some LG fans were so moved that they even cried.
Oh Ji-hwan, who led the team as captain for one season, promised, “I will win the Korean Series and achieve a unified championship.”
LG ended the small first place ceremony in Busan by singing the cheering song one last time.
They are about to share their joy with a victory event with more fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 6th, the final home game.
In this day’s game, Lotte took advantage of an opponent’s error in the bottom of the second inning to score the first run, and in the third inning, Jeon Jun-woo hit a two-run home run into the outfield stands to take a 3-0 lead.
LG made up for 2 points in the top of the 4th inning with Park Dong-won’s timely hit and Moon Seong-ju’s sacrifice fly.
In the 6th inning, Oh Ji-hwan’s timely hit tied the game at 3-3, and then Kim Min-seong’s left-handed hit and Shin Min-jae’s sacrifice fly with one out and 2nd and 3rd bases scored 2 runs, making it 5-3.
Lotte took the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the 8th inning when Noh Jin-hyuk hit a timely double and Yoo Kang-nam hit a two-run home run.
However, LG concentrated on 3 hits in the top of the 9th inning and scored 2 runs, ultimately succeeding in a comeback.
■ Doubleheader 1 win, 1 loss KT, tied for 3rd place, 3 games ahead, solidifying 2nd place In
Suwon, where the doubleheader was held, KIA Tigers won the first game 10-2, but KT Wiz won the second game 3-2.
KIA first scored three runs in the second inning of Game 1 thanks to Kim Do-young’s two-run home run.
KT made up 1 point with Anthony Alford’s timely hit in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but KIA added 2 points in the top of the 4th inning with Socrates Brito’s double and Lee Woo-sung’s timely hit to go up 5-1.
In the 6th inning, Ko Jong-wook hit a 2-RBI double, 4 hits and 2 walks amidst the opponent’s errors, scoring 5 runs and widening the score to 10-1, deciding the game.
In the second game, KT took the lead early on.
KT scored first with Alford’s timely hit in the bottom of the first inning, and in the third inning, with two outs, four consecutive hits scored two runs and took a 3-0 lead.
KIA made up for 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning with Socrates’ solo home run, but was unable to catch up any further.
2nd place KT, which had escaped a 3-game losing streak, took a breather by beating 3rd place NC and Doosan by 3 games.
■ Hanwha, Lee Jin-young and Choi In-ho hit consecutive home runs…
In Daegu, where the 8th place Hanwha Eagles defeated the 9th place Samsung Lions 11-7, the 8th place Hanwha Eagles defeated Samsung after a slugfest.
In the top of the first inning, Hanwha scored 2 points by pushing out Samsung starter Kim Seo-jun while he walked 4 times.
After a shift in offense and defense, Samsung took the lead to 3-2 with Kang Min-ho’s timely hit and Jose Pirella hitting a two-run home run.
However, Hanwha tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the second inning with a wild pitch at first and third bases with no outs, and then with the bases loaded with no outs, Hanwha scored two runs with two ground balls and came back to win 5-3.
In the 3rd inning, Hanwha widened the score with Chae Eun-seong’s 2 RBI and timely hit, and took a 7-4 lead in the top of the 5th inning. Lee Jin-young and Choi In-ho’s back-to-back home runs were followed by Lee Myeong-ki’s double, adding 1 run, and running away to 10-4, taking the win. .
Samsung, trailing 4-11, made up for 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning with Ahn Joo-hyung’s solo home run, but was unable to turn the game around.