Holding the Lotte Giants to only three hits, the Kia Tigers picked up a shutout 6-0 win on Wednesday. The win, which came at their home ballpark Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, Korea, made it their second win in the series.
Along with the strong defence was an early start from the Tigers, earning five runs over three innings.
Early Runs For Tigers
Runs came early for the Tigers, who got ahead in the first after a home run was hit into center by Choi Hyung-woo, bringing home Preston Tucker as well, as he was walked in the play before.
An inning later, a hit from Park Chan-ho brought in a third run for the Tigers. The play gave Chan-ho his first RBI of the season.
Bringing in two more runs, a perfectly hit ball into the left-center gap by Na Ji-wan brought home two runners to make the game 5-0.
Giants starting pitcher Dan Straily was taken out of play after the fifth inning. Now with a 1-2 record in the season, Straily finished the game after allowing six hits and five runs.
Against the first of two relievers the Giants would bring in, Song Seung-jun, catcher Han Seung-taek hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Strong Defence From Tigers
The Tigers displayed strong defence throughout the game. A triple-play was pulled off in the fifth inning, the first one to be recorded in the 2020 KBO season.
In his third start for the Tigers, Drew Gagnon got his first win of the season, making his record 1-2. He pitched six innings, allowing only two hits. The three following pitchers held the Giants to only one hit.
Tigers Look For Sweep
After Wednesday, The Giants place fifth in the KBO with a 7-6 record. Right below them is the Tigers, who have a 7-7 record. A win tomorrow for the Tigers would move them into the upper half of the standings.
The Tigers will look for their third-straight win against the Giants tomorrow, wrapping up the first series of the third week of play. The Thursday game starts at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
Getting their first win in five games, the Samsung Lions beat the LG Twins 3-1 in a real pitcher’s game.
Going into the 11th inning to find a winner, a hit from Park Se-hyuk drove in the game-winning run for the Doosan Bears, who defeated the NC Dinos 2-1. The win snapped a seven-game winning streak that the Dinos had, which has put them atop the KBO standings.
Scoring consistently almost inning after inning, the KT Wiz picked up their second win against the Hanhwa Eagles, this time with a final score of 8-1.
Ending their 10-game losing streak, the SK Wyverns earned a 5-3 win against the hosting Kiwoom Heroes.