It was also ‘Elot Lasico’ (a word that compared the fierce LG Twins and Lotte Giants match to the rival derby ‘El Clasico’ between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona). Lotte, who suffered 13 losses in the last 16 games, succeeded in a dramatic rebound by catching the ‘big fish’ LG Twins. In the 8th inning, Seong-Bin Hwang Hwang collided with Oh Ji-Hwan during base run play, followed by a base run interruption decision, and Seung-Wook Park’s final hit in the 9th saved the team from the mire.
The Lotte Giants won a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO league away match against the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 23rd. With this, Lotte escaped from 3 consecutive losses and recorded +2 wins with a 50% win rate with 33 wins and 31 losses. Lotte, which had a sluggish record of 3 wins and 13 losses in the last 16 games, ended its losing streak at ‘3’ and succeeded in rebounding. On the other hand, LG finished 2 consecutive wins, marking 41 wins, 2 draws and 26 losses. This season, Lotte gained an advantage over LG with 4 wins and 3 losses.
Prior to the match, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said about the expulsion of pitcher Lee Min-ho from the first-team entry, “I think Lee Min-ho will have to redo what he did in spring camp anyway. It seems important to rebuild his body. . First of all, I am not in good shape,” he said. “I have to talk to the training part again and build my body the way I did at camp. It takes at least one month. After all, building a body is the most important thing. After that, the second half Returning to is the best case scenario.”
Lotte coach Larry Sutton also said about the expulsion of first-team base coach Kim Pyeong-ho from the first-team entry before the game, “It is true that the team’s base running and stealing abilities have improved overall compared to last year. However, the team’s cycle fell in June. The number of base steals also increased. Various issues related to base stealing also occurred. Based on the judgment that a change of atmosphere was necessary, the positions of base coaches for the 1st and 2nd teams were exchanged.”
◆ It took only 1 hour and 22 minutes until the end of the 6th inning.LG starting pitcher Casey Kelly. Lotte starting pitcher Park Se-woong. The famous pitcher’s match embroidered Jamsil Stadium. Kelly, who showed a somewhat sluggish appearance at the beginning of this season, and even rumors of a replacement were raised. But this day was different. He exuded the majesty of a perfect ace. Here, Park Se-woong, who performed well in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, also countered with a good pitch.
First, in the first inning, Kelly treated lead batter Koh Seung-min with a fly ball from center fielder, striking out looking Dong-hee Yoon (5th pitch, 149km fastball), and Rex with a looking strikeout (5th pitch, 131km K-curve), signaling a good start. In the second inning, after putting out lead hitter Jeon Jun-woo with a fly ball to right field, he allowed An Chi-hong a deep infield hit to second baseman. However, he ended the inning by catching Han Dong-hee with a ground ball to third base and Park Seung-wook with a ground ball to first base.
In the 3rd inning, he struck out the lead hitter Yoo Kang-nam (6th ball, 147 km fast ball). Kim Min-seok was given a double that fell inside the right field, but Ko Seung-min was out with a fly ball for center fielder and Yoon Dong-hee with a fly ball for second baseman. In the 4th inning, An Chi-hong was allowed a heavy hit after 2 outs, but Han Dong-hee was guided to a shortstop grounder and cleaned up the inning. (Park Seung-wook strikes out – center fielder Yoo Gang-nam’s fly ball – Kim Min-seok’s ground ball to second base) In the
sixth inning, Kelly put the lead batter Koh Seung-min to sleep with a shortstop fly ball and Yoon Dong-hee a right field fly ball, respectively. However, Jeon Jun-woo was treated with three strikeouts and the scoreless march continued. The game went by very quickly as it developed into a pitcher’s battle. At the beginning of the 7th inning, the time was 7:52 pm. It took only 1 hour and 22 minutes over 6 innings.
A more dramatic situation emerged in the beginning of the 7th inning. Leading hitter An Chi-hong was induced to ground to second base, but Han Dong-hee allowed a hit in the middle right. Here, Lotte increased the number of wins by replacing Han Dong-hee with Jang Doo-seong, the runner-up. However, Kelly roared as he guided Park Seung-wook into a double stroke in front of the pitcher. By the seventh inning, Kelly’s pitch count was 91.Against this, Lotte Park Se-woong pitched more perfectly until the 6th inning. Park Se-woong, who started with a three-way strikeout in the first inning (Hong Chang-ki middle-left Park Hae-min left-hander Kim Hyeon-soo Yu-tang), gained momentum in the second inning with a three-way strike-out (Austin Woople-Oh Ji-hwan strikeout-Park Dong-won foul fly out). After one out in the 3rd inning, Moon Seong-joo gave a hit in the rain, but after Yoo Kang-nam perfectly stopped the stealing of second base, even Shin Min-jae was treated as a catcher strikeout not out.
In the 4th inning, Hong Chang-ki, Park Hae-min, and Kim Hyun-soo were all induced to ground balls. The number of pitches in the 5th inning was only 5 balls. Austin caught the second baseman’s floating ball on the first pitch, Oh Ji-hwan on the second pitch, center fielder’s floating ball on the second pitch, and Park Dong-won also caught the shortstop’s grounder on the second pitch. In the 6th inning, lead batter Moon Bo-kyung was induced with a floating ball in left field on the 8th pitch. Rex made a diving catch. Then, Moon Bo-kyung’s shortstop ground ball (first pitch) was connected by Park Seung-wook with a sliding catch, then thrown to first base and put out. The follow-up Shin Min-jae also attacked the first pitch, but was fly-out to the right fielder.
◆ ‘The night before the continuing storm’ The game started to turbulently from the end of the 7th inning, ‘Austin sprints to first base at the end of the 7th inning vs Seongbin Hwang’s baserunning play that led to Oh Ji-hwan’s baserunning interruption in the top of the 8th inning’ The score was 1-1.It was before the storm. The game, which had been quiet, began to rage rapidly from the bottom of the 7th inning. Even at the end of the 7th inning, Park Se-woong, who was on the mound, was hit by a hit in the middle left by lead batter Hong Chang-ki. Park Se-woong’s second hit of the day. On the contrary, LG, who succeeded in getting the lead batter on base, tried a sacrifice bunt by Park Hae-min, but after two fouls, he struck out on a swing and bowed his head. The next hitter is Kim Hyun-soo. Here, Kim Hyun-soo hit the 5th fastball (147km) with a ball count of 2-2, creating a heavy hit. In the meantime, Hong Chang-ki turned around second base and settled down at third base.
However, Lotte did not back down lightly. In the 8th inning, with Kelly on the mound, lead hitter Yoo Kang-nam went on base with a left-handed hit. Here, Lotte put in Hwang Seong-bin, the major runner. The next hitter is Kim Min-seok. After the foul on the first pitch, he made a good sacrifice bunt toward first base on the second pitch. The batter and the runner are out. However, at this time, a situation occurred at second base. Hwang Seong-bin hit second base and fell while colliding with LG shortstop Oh Ji-hwan. A trainer from Lotte came out and looked at Seongbin Hwang’s condition for a while.
And manager Larry Sutton protested the crash situation, and the referees declared an upstruction and acknowledged Hwang Seong-bin’s advance to third base. At the moment of bunt defense, he thought that he had vacated third base, and if Hwang Seong-bin had not bumped into Oh Ji-hwan, he could have reached third base. Regarding this, the referee took the microphone on the spot and said, “Oh Ji-hwan and Hwang Seong-bin collided at second base. Since there was no one at third base, we declared an obstruction (upstruction) and acknowledge Hwang Seong-bin’s advancing to third base.” Then, LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop kicked out of the dugout and protested, but the decision was not overturned. In the end, Koh Seung-min hit a sacrifice fly deep in center field to turn the game 1-1. Yoon Dong-hee continued to hit right-handed hits, but he did not allow additional runs by inducing Rex to a ground ball from second base.
Austin is next. After the first ball, he hit the 2nd pitch slider (139 km) but headed right in front of the second baseman. But Austin didn’t give up. As soon as the batting was over, he tossed his bat and sprinted toward first base. First of all, An Chi-Hong’s toss forced the second base out. Shortstop Lee Hak-joo then vigorously threw to first base, but Austin stepped on first base by a short distance. Lotte applied for a video review, but the decision was not overturned. The cheers of the LG fans on the first base side and the lamentations of the Lotte fans on the third base side were mixed. The next batter, Oh Ji-hwan, struck out with a miss. End of the inning.
◆ Where to win: Lotte’s concentration to score the winning goal against LG closer Ko Woo-seok in the top of the 9th inningPark Se-woong went to the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning. Park Dong-won was grounded by shortstop, and Moon Bo-kyung and Moon Seong-joo were grounded to first base to finish the inning. Instead of lowering Kelly in the top of the ninth먹튀검증, LG put “Closer” Woo-seok Ko. However, Go Woo-seok showed an uneasy appearance. Leading batsman Jeon Jun-woo walked after a five-pitch match, and An Chi-hong hit a hit that fell inside the left field line, leading to a golden opportunity for first and third base. Lee Hak-joo struck out on the 5th pitch, swinging wrong. However, Park Seung-wook pushed Ko Woo-seok’s 152km fastball to the finish on the 4th pitch, and the ball landed exquisitely inside the left field line. In the meantime, third base runner Jeon Jun-woo stepped on the groove with ease. Lotte fans on the third base side are in a crucible of enthusiasm. However, Go Woo-seok was no longer shaken. He finished his pitching by striking out Hwang Seong-bin on the 7th pitch, strikeout by the catcher, and Min-seok Kim on the 5th pitch by swinging and striking out.
At the end of the ninth inning, Lotte put in “Closer” Kim Won-joong. Kim Won-joong threw the left fielder off the lead batter Shin Min-jae. However, Hong Chang-ki saved the fire by hitting a heavy hit and going on base. But that was it. Park Hae-min hit a double hit in front of the second baseman and the game ended.
Lotte succeeded in achieving 4 wins (2 losses) in the season with starter Park Se-woong’s 3 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run (1 ERA) in 8 innings. Then, Kim Won-joong climbed the mound and was responsible for one inning scoreless. In a total of 9 hits, An Chi-hong performed an outstanding performance with 3 hits.
LG starter Kelly also made a good pitch with 7 hits, no 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and 1 run in 8 innings. Ko Woo-seok, who followed, suffered a loss (2 wins, 3 losses, 4 saves) with 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 1 run (1 earned run). The batting line only had four sporadic hits.
After the game, coach Sutton said, “It was a must-win game, and the result was good. I created a chance to bounce back. Park Se-woong showed fantastic, all-star pitching. The defense also greatly helped Park Se-woong’s excellent pitching. Batters also “I wanted to create an opportunity without giving up until the end, but Park Seung-wook scored an RBI in the most important situation, leading to victory. I am happy that our players showed their will to repay the fans’ tremendous support with victory.”
Park Seung-wook, who struck the final blow, said, “In the defensive part, Se-woong threw so well today that I became more focused and I think it led to good play. It seems that what I tried to solve with confidence led to good results. I am really happy to be able to contribute to the team’s victory,” he said, enjoying the victory. Now, on the 24th at 5:00 pm at Jamsil Stadium, Lotte and Barnes and LG are aiming for victory with Plutko as their starters.
◆ Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins starting lineup (June 23, Jamsil Baseball Stadium, 21,809 spectators)– Lotte Giants : Koh Seung-min (1st baseman) – Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder) – Rex (left fielder) – Jeon Jun-woo (designated hitter) – Ahn Chi-hong (2nd baseman) – Han Dong-hee (3rd baseman) – Park Seung-wook (shortstop) – Yoo Kang-nam (catcher) – Kim Min-seok (Center field). Starting pitcher Park Se-woong.
– LG Twins : Hong Chang-ki (right fielder) – Park Hae-min (center fielder) – Kim Hyun-soo (1st baseman) – Austin (designated hitter) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Park Dong-won (catcher) – Moon Bo-kyung (3rd baseman) – Moon Seong-joo (left fielder) – Shin Min-jae (2) Lusu). Starting pitcher Casey Kelly.