After a rough starting performance from Lotte Giants pitcher Jang Won-sam, the Doosan Bears continued to add onto the score of what would finish as a 11-6 win on Tuesday. The hit-heavy game took place at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The game marks the first loss for the Giants, who had went 5-0 in the previous week, facing the KT Wiz and SK Wyverns. The game saw the teams score 35 hits in total.
The Bears Get Ahead By Five
The Bears had a quick start, earning five runs over two innings against Giants starter Jang Won-sam. The first run came in the the first, where a single from Kim Jae-hwan brought Jose Miguel Fernandez home.
A rally of hits in the second brought in four more runs. First, a hit off the wall in center from Jung Soo-bin brought in Park Se-hyuk from third base. When Fernandez got to the plate again he hit a double that brought two more runs in. The next play saw a hit from Oh Jae-il bring Fernandez in to make the lead 5-0.
After allowing 10 hits and five runs, Won-sam was pulled after the third inning.
Giants Answer Back
The Giants scored some runs of their own in the third inning. It started with a ground ball from Shin Bon-gi which allowed Jeon Jun-woo to advance from third.
Son Ah-seop came around from second to home after a double from An Chi-hong.
Jae-hwan Goes Deep
Matched against Giants reliever Song Seung-jun in the fourth inning, Kim Jae-hwan hit a two-run home run to make the Bears lead 7-2. The home run was his third of the season, and the second game in a row he’s gotten one past the wall.
Lead Shortened By Giants
Two more runs came in favour of the Giants in the fifth inning. Jung Hoon hit a ball into center that allowed Shin Bon-gin the chance to score.
The next batter, Dixon Machado, was able to bring home An Chi-hong off of a hit to left field. The play earned Machado his ninth RBI of the season.
After the Giants scored two more runs in the fifth, Bears starter Raul Alcantara was taken out of the game. While being awarded the win, Alcantara allowed 12 hits and four runs.
Bringing the game to within two runs, Jeon Jun-woo nailed a ball into the right field in the sixth. The solo shot was his third of the season, this time earned against reliever Yoon Myung-jun.
Back Out of Reach
Three runs earned by the Bears in the seventh brought the game out of reach for the Giants. After Kim Jae-hwan batted in a run, Oh Jae-won hit a two-run homerun to make the score 10-5. The runs came against Koo Seung-min, who finished the inning after.
Both teams scored a run in the ninth inning. With bases loaded, Bears pinch hitter Kim In-tae got a hit, scoring Kim Jae-hwan.
A ground ball sent Giants right fielder Son Ah-seop to the plate once again, making the final score of the game 11-5 for the Bears.
The Bears, defending Korean Series Champions, will play the Giants again two more times in the series. The Wednesday game is scheduled to happen at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
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