Autumn has finally arrived in Changwon. Changwon NC Park, the home stadium of the NC Dinos, will host fall baseball for the first time since opening.
NC won 5-3 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the Samsung Lions held at Changwon NC Park on the 15th. NC, which was tied for 3rd place with Doosan Bears and SSG Landers before the game, changed its title to 3rd place by beating Doosan, which lost 2-5 to SSG and LG Twins, which did not have a game on the same day.메이저사이트
NC fought all-out on this day to secure a direct advance to the semi-playoffs (3rd place). When Song Myung-ki, who was promoted to the starting pitcher, gave up a run with a wild pitch in the third inning, allowing the score to be tied 2-2, the pitcher was replaced by Lee Jae-hak without delay. Jaehak Lee lived up to expectations and quickly stabilized the mound by allowing no runs in two innings.
NC, which scored its first score in the bottom of the second inning with Kim Hyeong-jun’s two-run home run, took a 3-2 lead with Kwon Hee-dong’s timely double in the third inning. They then ran away with Park Min-woo’s 1-run, timely hit in the 6th inning and Park Se-hyuk’s walk in the 8th. NC showed anxiety by allowing 1 run in the top of the 9th inning, but it did not lead to a comeback.
As a result, NC has virtually secured 4th place or higher as long as there is no draw in the head-to-head match between Doosan and SSG, which will be held from the 16th. Even if NC loses both games against the KIA Tigers, NC’s winning percentage will be 0.528. In this case, if either Doosan or SSG wins a sweep, the winning percentage is lower than NC, which lost all of its games (SSG 0.525, Doosan 0.521). If NC loses both games and Doosan has 1 win and 1 loss, the winning percentage will be the same, but in this case, NC, which has the lead in head-to-head scores, will take 4th place.
As a result, NC is very likely to play a fall baseball game at home. If they rise to 3rd place, the first and second semi-playoff games will be held at home, and if they rank 4th, up to two wild card games will be held at home.
‘N-Park (Changwon NC Park) Fall Baseball’ was a task that was like NC’s fate. Changwon NC Park, which opened in 2019, has a reputation as a state-of-the-art major league baseball stadium. However, NC has not been able to play a single postseason game in this stadium. In 2019, the first year of its opening, it ranked 5th, but failed to return home after losing to LG in the wild card match. The following year, they won the overall championship, but due to scheduling problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was canceled as it was held at a neutral stadium (Gocheok Sky Dome).
The players unanimously set ‘N-Pac fall baseball’ as their goal for the season. Park Min-woo, the center hitter, raised his voice to Star News at the beginning of the season, saying, “It makes no sense that such a good baseball stadium was built and the team that used it as their home stadium won the championship, but they have never been able to play fall baseball in that stadium.” He pledged, “In a way, it can be said that it is a natural duty to show fall baseball at Changwon NC Park. I make that promise every year, but I have never been able to keep it, so I will make sure to keep it this year.” Coach Kang In-kwon also expressed his determination in his New Year’s address, saying, “I will work together with the players to have a good game so that we can play fall baseball at Changwon NC Park in front of the fans who love NC.”