The 8th Lotte Giants, 9th KIA Tigers, and 10th Hanwha Eagles, which were classified as “three weak” in the 2021 season of professional baseball, simultaneously rang the bell.
The Lotte Giants beat the Samsung Lions in third place after an extended blood fight, and KIA and Hanwha caught the top team with the performance of a foreign pitcher who overcame injury and took the mound.
Lotte beat Samsung 9-5 in a game to visit the 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 9th.
In the top of the 11th inning of extra time against 5-5, Son Ah-seop and Jeon Joon-woo earned a walk from Samsung sidearm Woo Kyu-min to create a first and second base chance with no outs.
Jung Hoon, the fourth batter who had been hitless in five at-bats earlier, entered the batter’s box.
Jung-hoon hit like throwing a bat at Woo Kyu-min’s plunging curve. The ball hit the center of the bat, and became a one-run timely hit toward left field.
Lotte’s “Busan Baseball’s Pride” Lee Dae-ho added one point with a timely hit to the left, while “Lee Dae-ho’s successor” Han Dong-hee hit a superior two-run shot to secure the victory.
In fact, Lotte was able to finish the game in the regular innings.
However, Kim Won-joong, who finished the bottom of the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, lost three runs and allowed a tie.
Kim Won-joong was hit by a two-run shot over the right-center wall by Lee Hak-ju at first base with one out.
Kim Won-joong, who was shaken greatly, committed a wild pitch that was bound in front of the home plate at the first and second bases with two outs.
The ball ran away after being hit by catcher Ji Ji-wan’s body, and Park Hae-min, a fast runner on second base, ran to home and tied 5-5.
Samsung failed to draw a finishing score in the bottom of the ninth inning as Kang Min-ho’s strong batting hit the third baseman at the first and third bases with two outs.
Lotte cheered up again in overtime.
The fourth batter and the new and new big guns, which had been sluggish, showed off their determination and scored four points in the 11th inning alone.
Na Kyun-an, who turned from catcher to pitcher, struck out Koo Ja-wook in the bottom of the 11th inning and made his first save by treating Kang Min-ho as a pitcher grounder.
Manager Larry Sutton, who joined the team from the 8th after self-quarantine due to the family’s confirmation of covid 19, won a thrilling victory in the “return match.”
The Kia Tigers, ranked ninth, continued their five-game winning streak in Gwangju, defeating the leader, ktwiz, 10-4.
Aaron Brooks blocked five innings with five hits and one run, and won the first game (3 wins and five losses) 44 days after the Kiwoom Heroes game on May 26.
Brooks, who was away for a month after the Hanwha Eagles game on June 1 due to inflammation of the right flexion muscle, returned to the NC Dinos game on July 1 and pitched well with two hits and one run in four innings.
In his second appearance after returning to the mound, he filled five innings with 69 balls and even secured a requirement for victory.
Brooks gave up the first run in the top of the first inning, but did not give up any additional runs and kept the mound until the fifth inning.
The KIA lineup exploded in the fourth inning.
After one out, Kim Tae-jin’s left-handed hit, Choi Hyung-woo’s walk, and Ryu Ji-hyuk’s left-handed hit took the chance to load bases with one out.
Preston Tucker calmly earned a push walk to tie the game, and Kim Ho-ryeong came from behind with one RBI in the ensuing full base opportunity.
With Han Seung-taek’s timely hit in the middle of two RBIs, Park Chan-ho’s one-run superior double, and Choi Won-jun’s sacrifice fly to center field, KIA ran 6-1.
The Kia Tigers hit seven consecutive batters in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored six runs.
Even after one out in the fifth inning, Choi Hyung-woo, Ryu Ji-hyuk, Tucker, Kim Ho-ryeong, and Han Seung-taek added three runs by hitting five consecutive batters.
Hanwha defeated SSG Landers 9-3 in the visiting match in Incheon and escaped its third consecutive loss.
Ryan Carpenter, who returned after 10 days of reorganization due to a back injury, pitched five innings with one hit and no runs, earning his fourth win (8 losses) of the season.
While Carpenter was defending the mound, SSG hitters could not even step on second base.
In the batting line, Baek Yong-hwan hit his first home run after the transfer, followed by Choi In-ho and Choi Jae-hoon.
Baek hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning by targeting SSG starter Lee Tae-yang, who played for Hanwha until last year. Baek Yong-hwan, who moved his nest from KIA Tigers to Hanwha through a one-on-one trade with Kang Kyung-hak on the 3rd, reported his first hit since the transfer as a home run.
Choi hit his first professional home run in the top of the sixth inning with a solo shot. Choi Jae-hoon also drew a solo arch in the seventh episode.
The match between NC Dinos and Kiwoom Heroes, which was scheduled to be held at Gocheok Dome, was canceled due to two confirmed cases of coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in the NC squad.