BASEBALL’S NO. 4 DOOSAN BEATS NO. 5 KIA FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN
The fourth-placed Doosan Bears took a commanding lead into the postseason with a win over the fifth-placed KIA Tigers on the day off. Doosan defeated KIA 8-4 in the visiting team’s first game of the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Baseball League 2023 at Gwangju Kia Champions Field on 18 April .Doosan has won seven straight games to extend its lead over Kia to two games. KIA lost its fifth straight game and cut its lead over sixth-placed SSG Landers to zero. Kia narrowly held on to fifth place with a 0.001 win percentage lead over SSG. Doosan pounded opposing starter Hwang Dong-ha from the first inning. After back-to-back singles by Jung Soo-bin and Jose Rojas put runners on second and third with no outs, Yang Seok-hwan scored the first run on an infield grounder. The Doosan bats exploded in the third inning with a 1-0 lead .Leadoff hitter Cho Sung-hyun singled to right and Jung Soo-bin walked to put runners on first and second with no outs, before Rojas blasted a three-run home run over the right field fence.Doosan’s offence continued. After Yang Seok-hwan singled to centre to load the bases, Yang Ji took advantage of Hwang Dong-ha’s first pitch and blasted a two-run shot to left. Doosan rattled Hwang even more. Kang Seung-ho and Kim In-tae drew back-to-back walks before Cho Su-hyun’s single to right made it 7-0.There was a crisis. In the bottom of the seventh, with the score 8-0, Doosan gave up two runs and had runners on first and second after bullpen Choi Ji-gang was shaken, but Park Shin-ji struck out Na Sung-beom, Choi Hyung-woo and Kim Sun-bin in order to save the day. In the bottom of the eighth, Doosan’s defence also failed as Park gave up back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs, and reliever Lee Young-ha gave up a walk to Choi Won-joon and a double to Kim Do-young to cut the deficit to 8-4.However, Lee got out of the jam by preventing any further runs. In the bottom of the ninth, Doosan brought in closer Chung Chul-won to close out the game. Doosan Rojas led the offence with a 2-for-4 performance with a home run, three RBIs and one run scored .Doosan starter Kwak Bin pitched six innings of eight-hit ball, striking out five and walking none to improve to 11-7 on the season. At Daejeon Hanwha Life Eagles Park, the eighth-ranked Hanwha Eagles bounced back from a doubleheader sweep the previous day to take down the second-ranked KT Wiz. Hanwha snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory. KT moved to within one game of third-place NC Dinos, who did not play on the day. The two teams, who were forced to play a double-header after a three-hour rain delay the day before, had mixed performances on the day. Hanwha’s players were focused, while KT’s tiredness was evident. Hanwha gave up a run in the top of the second inning off starter Lee Tae-yang, but quickly turned the game around in the bottom of the inning .After back-to-back errors by second baseman Lee Ho-yeon and third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun and a walk to load the bases, Hanwha tied the game at 1-1 with a grounder to shortstop by Choi Jae-hoon .With runners on first and third, Choi In-ho drove in another run with a grounder to short .In the bottom of the inning, Williams hit a two-run shot to left field off KT starter Kim Min. He took advantage of a three-pitch fastball on a one-ball, one-strike count. However, Williams felt pain in his right hamstring (the muscle behind the thigh) after hitting the home run and was replaced by Kwon Kwang-min at the plate. Hanwha added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Choi Jae-hoon and Choi In-ho exploded for back-to-back hits, followed by Lee Do-yoon’s sacrifice bunt and Lee Jin-young’s two-run double to left field to make it 6-1.Hanwha gave up a run in the fifth off the hard-throwing Lee Tae-yang, but Joo Hyun-sang, Lee Min-woo, Jang Si-hwan and Park Sang-won put together a relay to close out the game. Choi Jae-hoon went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Lee Tae-yang earned his third win of the 온라인카지노 season with five innings of three-hit ball, two walks, three strikeouts and two runs.