On a day when the SSG Landers-LG Twins (Jamsil), Doosan Bears-KIA Tigers (Gwangju), and NC Dinos-Hanwha Eagles games were canceled due to rain, the Kiwoom Heroes defeated the Lotte Giants after a grueling six-hour game in the rain.
Song Sung-moon hit a celestial two-run double in the top of the 10th inning of a 6-6 tie against visiting Lotte in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Stadium in Busan on Wednesday to give Kiwoom a 7-6 victory.바카라
It was the second straight victory for eighth-ranked Kiwoom, which has won two in a row after an eight-game losing streak and paved the way for a comeback despite the injury absence of star Lee Jung-hoo.
Kiwoom was called for “three-foot fielding interference” in the top of the third inning when Lee Ji-young singled to right and was hit by a pitch after a surprise bunt by Lee Yong-kyu.
However, the call was overturned through video review and Kiwoom, who had runners on second and third with no outs, took advantage of a sacrifice fly by Kim Hye-sung and a two-run homer by replacement foreign player Ronnie Dawson to take a 3-0 lead.
Lotte turned the tide in the bottom of the fourth inning with five straight hits.
After Ahn Chi-hong drew a walk, Lee Jung-hoon and Han Dong-hee followed with back-to-back singles, and Park Seung-wook followed with a single to right to make it 2-3.
With runners on first and third, Yoo Kang-nam and Kim Min-seok hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 4-3 in favor of Lotte.
Kiwoom had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the fifth after Lee Yong-kyu singled to right, but Lee Won-seok struck out, and Song Sung-moon hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4.
Kiwoom had runners on first and second in the top of the sixth, but the game was suspended due to heavy rain.
Kiwoom’s Song Sung-moon hit the winning run in the 10th inning to end the six-hour, 10-minute game. [Yonhap].
When the game resumed after 86 minutes, Kiwoom missed a chance to take the lead, but Song Sung-moon hit a two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4.
However, Lotte quickly tied the game again after a pitching change when Jeon Jun-woo launched a huge two-run home run into the top of the outfield left field stands.
The game came down to the 10th inning.
Kiwoom led off with a double to left-center and Dawson followed with a double to left-center off Lotte closer Kim Won-joong.
After Lee Won-seok walked on a wild pitch, Song Sung-moon drove in Dawson with a double to left-center for the thrilling final out.
In the end, the game, which took six hours and 10 minutes, saw Lotte manager Larry Sutton and Kiwoom’s Lee Yong-kyu ejected for protesting the umpire’s ball-and-strike call.
In Daegu, KT WIZ battled the Samsung Lions to a hard-fought 8-7 victory.
Samsung took the lead in the top of the first inning when Kim Hyun-jun singled to right and Kim Ji-chan drew a walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Koo Ja-uk and a two-run single to right by Kang Min-ho.
KT fought back in the top of the third, scoring a run when Jang Sung-woo singled to left field with runners on second and third on an error.
In the fourth inning, with runners on first and second, Kim Min-hyuk hit a two-run double to right-center field to make it 3-2.
In the top of the fifth, with the bases loaded, Choi Jae-dae drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-2.
After a pitching change, Samsung got a run back when Kang Min-ho walked and Jose Pirela and Kim Dong-jin followed with back-to-back singles.
With the bases loaded, Ryu Ji-hyuk hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game at 4-4.
However, KT took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning with runners on first and second when Choi Jae-dae singled to left field.
In the next at-bat, Kim Min-hyuk hit a two-run double to left and Kim Sang-soo hit a two-run double down the left field line to make the score 8-4.
After three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs, Koo Ja-rook hit a two-run double to right center to cut the deficit to 6-8.
With runners on first and third, Pirela singled to right to cut the deficit to 7-8.
However, after Kim Dong-jin struck out, Ryu Ji-hyuk singled to left, but KT left fielder Jeong Joon-young made an accurate throw to first base to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, KT closer Kim Jae-yoon pitched two innings of relief to preserve the win.
KT first baseman Kim Min-hyuk led the offense, going 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs.