KT jumps from last place to third place

KT has performed magic by catching Doosan and jumping from last place to third place in two months.

KT Wiz won the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Doosan Bears 4-3 on Thursday at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.

KT won its seventh straight game to leapfrog Doosan and move into third place for the first time in 107 days since April 19 against Suwon SSG. The team has 48 wins, two draws and 43 losses on the season. The seven-game winning streak is the longest of the season, surpassing the previous six-game winning streak, and the first in 391 days since July 9, 2022, against Suwon Lotte. KT was in last place with a -14 win-loss margin just two months ago.

Doosan, on the other hand, dropped to third place with their second straight loss and now have 46 points, one draw and 43 losses.

Doosan’s starting lineup was Jung Soo-bin (center field), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Yang Ji (catcher), Jose Rojas (designated hitter), Kang Seung-ho (second base), Song Seung-hwan (left field), Yang Chan-yeol (right field), and Heo Kyung-min (third base). Kim Jae-hwan, the No. 4 hitter, was left out of the lineup due to poor form.

The away team KT faced Kim Min-hyuk (right fielder), Kim Sang-soo (shortstop), Anthony Alford (left fielder), Park Byung-ho (first baseman), Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman), Lee Ho-yeon (second baseman), Moon Sang-chul (designated hitter), Kim Jun-tae (catcher), and Bae Jeong-dae (center fielder).

KT took the lead in the first inning. In the top of the first inning, Kim Sang-soo and Alford drew back-to-back walks against Doosan starter Kim Dong-ju, whose pitch was shaky. Park Byung-ho then walked, Hwang Jae-gyun loaded the bases with a straight grounder, and Lee Ho-yeon calmly broke the 0-0 tie with a groundout. However, the second out of the inning came when Moon Sang-chul struck out looking.

Doosan countered in the third inning. Heo Kyung-min and Jeong Soo-bin led off with back-to-back singles, and after Kim Jae-ho’s sacrifice bunt put runners on first and second with one out, Yang Seok-hwan hit a tying sacrifice fly and Yang Ji hit a game-tying RBI single. Rojas then singled and Kang Seung-ho walked to load the bases, but Seung-seung-hwan flied out to left field to end the inning.

KT didn’t go down without a fight. In the top of the fourth, Moon Sang-cheol and Kim Jun-tae drew back-to-back walks before Choi Jae-dae laid down a sacrifice bunt. Kim Min-hyuk then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game again at 2-2.

The deciding run came in the seventh inning. After two outs, KT’s concentration showed. After Park Byung-ho led off with a single, Hwang Jae-gyun hit a two-run shot to decide the game. From 1B-1S, Hwang took a three-pitch fastball (147 kilometers) from Doosan pitcher Jung Chul-won over the right field fence. It was Hwang’s second home run of the season, his first in 42 days since June 23 against the Gwangju Kia.

Doosan pulled within one run in the bottom of the eighth on a throwing error by pitcher Son Dong-hyun and a walk to Kang Seung-ho, followed by a single by pinch-hitter Kim In-tae, but it wasn’t enough to tie the game. With runners on first and third, pinch-hitter Kim Jae-hwan struck out swinging.

Doosan had runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, trailing 3-4, but Jang Seung-hyun was unable to capitalize.

KT starter Choi Yeo-seong earned his fifth win of the season with a quality start, allowing two runs on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout in six innings. He was followed by Joo Kwon, Son Dong-hyun, and Park Young-hyun, with set-up man Park closing out the game for his second save of the season. At the plate, Hwang Jae-gyun stood out with two hits and one walk, including the game-winning home run.

For Doosan, Jung Chul-won, who gave up a two-run homer to Hwang Jae-gyun, took the loss after starter Kim Dong-joo was tagged for three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Heo Kyung-min’s three hits and Rojas’ two hits were the only bright spots in the loss. 안전카지노사이트

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