Looking at the current situation, it is not a high probability, but Yang Hyeon-jong and KIA still believe in the possibility. They achieved a big win over Kiwoom and maintained the possibility of advancing to the postseason.카지노사이트
In the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ match against Kiwoom held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 11th, KIA won 11-0, thanks to starter Yang Hyun-jong’s good pitching, a good batting line from the beginning, and even the opponent’s mistakes. KIA (70 wins, 68 losses, 2 draws), who unfortunately lost to SSG the previous day, regained momentum in one day and started chasing the 3rd to 5th places again. On the other hand, Kiwoom (58 wins, 82 losses, 3 draws) fell to last place again.
Before today’s game, 6th place KIA was 3 games behind 5th place Doosan and 4 games behind SSG and NC, which were tied for 3rd place. Considering that there were only 5 games remaining, we had to win all of the remaining games and see how the 3rd to 5th place teams performed. Considering that there was still one game remaining against Doosan and two games against NC, it was the most unfavorable situation, but it was also not a situation worth giving up. The premise of KIA’s major comeback is that they must win as many games as possible out of the remaining five games, and they must hit the first button in those five fateful games.
Starter Yang Hyun-jong’s good pitching stood out. Yang Hyun-jong, whose 10th win this year has become somewhat difficult to achieve, achieved his 8th win of the season by throwing 97 pitches in 8 innings with stable game management on this day, allowing 6 hits, 4 walks, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, and no runs. The season ERA was also lowered to 3.68.
Yang Hyun-jong has a record of pitching more than 170 innings for eight consecutive years, unprecedented in KBO league history. On this day, he pitched 156 innings before the game and was 14 innings away from reaching 170 innings for the 9th consecutive year. On this day, he had to pitch as many innings as possible to try to extend this record in his final appearance, and he kept his chances alive by pitching 8 innings. If Yang Hyun-jong pitches 6 innings in his last appearance, he will achieve the great feat of pitching more than 170 innings for 9 consecutive years.
The batting line also kept pace. Leadoff Kim Do-young recorded 1 hit, 1 walk, and 2 RBI, and No. 2 Ko Jong-wook went 2-for-5 with an RBI, 2 runs, and 2 runs, opening up the attack. Kim Sun-bin, who added one hit that day and became the 44th player in KBO League history to reach 1,500 hits, went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, and No. 4 Socrates Brito went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, making Nos. 1 to 4 active. Number 5 Lee Woo-seong recorded 2 RBIs, and the lower-order batting lineup also harassed the Kiwoom mound by walking a lot.
On the other hand, Kiwoom’s starting pitcher Jong-min Lee was shaken sharply in the second inning, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) in one inning. He brought on a crisis with 4 outs, and it was a difficult game due to errors. Ha Young-min (2 unearned runs in 1 inning) and Myung-jong Lee (5 runs in 3 innings) also struggled, giving up 11 runs until the 5th inning, effectively raising the white flag. While Yoon Seok-won, Oh Sang-won, and Joo Seung-woo recorded no runs in one inning, errors poured in at every critical moment and they failed to raise their heads with a total of 4 errors. The batting lineup was led by Lee Joo-hyung, who contributed with two hits.
◆ KIA was pushed to the edge of a cliff, Kiwoom KIA, which cannot tolerate being at the bottom,
was pushed to the edge of a cliff. One loss could now lead to elimination from fall baseball. With Na Seong-beom, Choi Hyeong-woo, Park Chan-ho, and Choi Won-jun already out for the season due to injuries, they gathered all available resources. Kim Do-young (third baseman) and Ko Jong-wook (designated hitter) formed the table setter, and Kim Sun-bin (second baseman), Socrates (right fielder), and Lee Woo-seong (left fielder) formed the main batting order. Kim Tae-gun, who suffered from a slight ankle infection, returned to the lineup as the starting 6th catcher, and Byun Woo-hyuk (first baseman), Kim Ho-ryeong (center fielder), and Kim Gyu-seong (shortstop) took their places in the lower batting order.
The loss against SSG the previous day was disappointing. In the end, we couldn’t hold on when the score was 4-4. KIA coach Kim Jong-guk explained that he saved all of Jeon Sang-hyeon, Jeong Hae-young, and Choi Ji-min in tight situations, and that he tried to put them in in a more certain and winning situation. If they were in a winning situation, it meant that both Jeon Sang-hyun and Jeong Hae-young were able to fight three times in a row. But that was in the past, and I had to focus on raising money.
For Kiwoom, Kim Hye-seong (second baseman) and Dawson (center fielder) formed the table setters, and Joo-hyung Lee (designated hitter), Hwi-jip Kim (shortstop), and Seong-moon Song (third baseman) formed the main batting lineup. Lim Ji-yeol (first baseman), Park Chan-hyuk (left fielder), Kim Dong-heon (catcher), and Park Soo-jong (right fielder) followed.
Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki expected that the emergence of young players would accelerate the team’s competitive structure and praised Su-jong Park’s recent condition. He also had high hopes for Lee Jong-min, who started as a starter, saying he was a player with potential.
◆ Kiwoom self-destructed in the second inning, KIA took the win from the start
While both teams failed to score in the first inning, KIA calmly created an offensive flow in the second inning. It started with leader Kim Tae-gun choosing to walk after a full count match. Starter Lee Jong-min began to shake. Byun Woo-hyuk chose a straight walk, and then Kim Ho-ryeong also walked, leaving the bases loaded with no outs.
Here, Kiwoom’s error occurred when Kim Gyu-seong’s shortstop hit the ground. Tagura, who was not that fast, had no trouble getting the runner on third base to come home. Here, rather than choosing second or first base, Kiwoom shortstop Kim Hwi-jip threw the ball to third base to catch second base runner Byun Woo-hyuk, who was playing third base, but it turned into a bad throw and fell backwards. Meanwhile, Byun Woo-hyuk, who made a comeback, came home to make it 2-0, and Kim Ho-ryeong and Kim Kyu-seong also advanced one base more.
With no outs on 2nd and 3rd base, Kiwoom put Ha Young-min on the line to take the win. Here, KIA took a 3-0 lead when Kim Do-young’s grounder to second base led to third base runner Kim Ho-ryeong hitting home. In the ensuing game, with 1 out and runners on 3rd base, Ko Jong-wook hit a timely hit (4-0), and Kim Sun-bin made a catching error when a fly ball to left field, continuing the opportunity with 1 out and runners on 1st and 2nd base. Socrates hit a right-handed hit, extending the opportunity to bases loaded with one out.
In the end, KIA added one more point when Woo-sung Lee’s ground ball to third base, and when Tae-goon Kim’s ground ball to third base, third baseman Song Seong-moon made another error, quickly widening the score gap to six points. For Kiwoom, three mistakes led to a fatal result of six runs conceded.
With starter Yang Hyun-jong receiving ample scoring support from the beginning, KIA continued the trend by adding one point in the third inning. Leader Kim Ho-ryeong chose a walk after a 9-pitch game, and after one out, Kim Do-young also walked and made first and second bases. When Ko Jong-wook’s ground ball to first base led to runners on second and third base with two outs, Kim Sun-bin’s batted ball hit the pitcher and became an infield hit toward the shortstop, giving KIA one more point.
◆ Yang Hyeon-jong’s fight, KIA predicted victory with a key point in the 5th inning
Yang Hyun-jong showed efficient pitching. Since the score difference was not tight, he competed more actively, and Kiwoom hitters were overwhelmed by his spirit, leading to empty hits. Meanwhile, the number of pitches decreased. With just over 10 pitches per inning, the score was reached in the 5th inning, and more innings could be expected.
The batting line gave great support to Yang Hyun-jong. An extra point was added in the 5th inning to make it 11-0. Leader Kim Ho-ryeong opened the game with a double to right-center. Then, with one out, Kim Do-young added one point with a timely hit (8-0) that passed between the shortstop and second baseman.
It didn’t end here. Ko Jong-wook hit a hit to right to advance to first and second base, and Kim Seon-bin followed up with a hit to right, leading to a chance to load the bases. Here, Socrates hit double-digit runs with a timely hit (10-0) that landed next to right field. When Lee Woo-sung’s shortstop grounded, one more player hit home and ran away with the score 11-0.
Yang Hyeon-jong was unwavering. In the 6th episode, Kim Dong-heon, Park Soo-jong, and Kim Hye-seong were all hit with a hit. The number of pitches needed to close the 6th inning was only 4. In the 7th inning, Lee Joo-hyung had a hit with one out, but he hit the rest of the batters and surpassed the 7th inning mark.
In the 8th inning, when KIA was ahead 11-0, Kiwoom had a chance to score, which was the final crisis for Yang Hyun-jong. After one out, Park Chan-hyuk hit a heavy hit, and Kim Dong-heon’s batted ball became heavy in front of the center fielder, making first and second base. Park Soo-jong then hit a single to left, taking the opportunity to load the bases with one out. Although the score gap widened significantly, it was an opportunity to prevent a scoreless loss.
But Yang Hyun-jong showed strength. Kim Hye-seong tried to attack the first pitch again, but missed and ended up with a foul fly to the third baseman. It was the moment when Kiwoom’s pursuit atmosphere subsided. Then, Jin-won Ye retired with a grounder to second base and was unable to score even a single point with bases loaded and one out.
With the number of pitches approaching 100, Yang Hyeon-jong passed the baton for the next game rather than attempting his fifth shutout of his career. In the 9th inning, Seung-Hyun Kim pitched well for one inning and completed a scoreless victory.