The Doosan Bears finished their series against the Lotte Giants with a win on Thursday, beating the home team 7-4. The win makes them win the series 2-1, bouncing back from a loss in the previous game.
While the game was even after four innings, the Bears pulled ahead in later innings, including a seventh inning which sealed their win, including a home run from Oh Jae-il. The game wrapped up the week-long homestretch for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
An Early Tied Game
In the first pitch against the Giants, Min Byung-hun blasted a home run into left field. The solo shot was his second of the year and his second game in a row. Later that inning, a hit from An Chi-hong brought home a second run to make a lead of 2-0.
The Bears were able to answer back in the second inning. The first play came off of a defensive mishap, where the Giants third baseman Han Dong-hee failed to tag a runner and first baseman Lee Dae-ho did not catch the ball.
The second run for the Bears came later in the inning with Chung Sang-ho batting in Kim Jae-ho.
Bears Pull Ahead
Taking the lead for the first time in the game, Bears Oh Jae-il batted in Park Kun-woo in the fifth inning. Park Se-woong, who started for the Giants, was given the loss for the game after pitching five innings.
Chris Flexen, who was the starter for the Bears, got his second win of the season after allowing six hits through six innings. He finished his appearance by pitching out of a jam, with no outs and a runner on third and first.
The lead was extended in the seventh after a two-run shot from Oh Jae-il against pitcher Ko Hyo-jun. Later in the inning, Hur Kyoung-min brought in another run.
In the seventh inning, a home run from Jose Miguel Fernandez put the Bears up 7-2.
Slightly lessening the lead, Giants scored two runs in the eighth. First, a ball hit off the right field wall from An Chi-hong brought Kim Dong-han home. After, a fly ball hit from Dixon Machado brought in Lee Dae-ho. With that play, Machado earned an RBI for the fifth game in a row.
On The Road To Daejeon
The Giants start a three-game series versus the Hanhwa Eagles tomorrow at the Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea. The Eagles currently have a 3-6 record, going 1-2 in their recent series against Kia Tigers.
The game is set to start at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT), however early forecasts predict rain could affect the game.
Around The KBO
A low scoring 1-0 game allowed the NC Dinos to sweep their series against the KT Wiz. With the win, the Dinos took first place in the KBO.
A rally in the first inning for the Hanhwa Eagles allowed them to cruise to a 4-1 win against the Kia Tigers. The Eagles bounced back with the win, losing the two previous games in the series.
Pinch hitter Jeong Keun-woo was able to get the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth for the LG Twins, batting in Oh Ji-hwan to make the final score 3-2 against the SK Wyverns.