It was the pitchers who were the focus on Sunday, as the Lotte Giants took a 2-0 win over the Kiwoom Heroes. The game saw 13 hits in total, with only four coming from the Heroes.
The shutout win for the Giants closed their series two-games-to-one against the Heroes at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea.
Both Teams Show Strong Pitching
Giants starter Seo Jun-won was taken out in the seventh inning, leaving after giving up three runs overall. Three pitchers, including closer Kim Won-joong, who was given the save, appeared after.
Despite the loss, Heroes had a good showing on the mound as well. Starter Choi Won-tae allowed only five hits in his six-inning appearance.
Giants Bring In Two Runs
The Giants gained the lead in the third inning, with a hit from Min Byung-hun allowing Dixon Machado to come from second base to home.
Fast-forward to the eighth inning, the Giants scored their second and last run of the game, with pinch hitter An Chi-hong driving in Shin Bon-gi. The run came against Oh Ju-won, who was brought in for only the final out of the game after Lee Young-joon faced five batters in the inning.
Previewing The Fourth Week of Play For The Giants
Finishing the third week of play, the Giants finished in sixth place in the KBO standings with a 9-8 record. They went 2-4 in the week, matching the record they had in the week before.
The Giants will stay at home to start the next week, having a three-game series against the Samsung Lions, who are ranked ninth in the season after having a 2-4 week of play. The first game of the series starts at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT) on Monday.
Later in the week, the Giants will head to the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, Korea, for a three-game series against the Doosan Bears, who sit in third place on the KBO standings.
Around The KBO
In a shutout performance, the Samsung Lions beat the Doosan Bears 13-0, getting their only win in the series against the defending champions.
A ninth-inning rally of five runs allowed the LG Twins to mount a comeback and defeat the KT Wiz 9-7.
Getting their 14th win in the season, the NC Dinos had many strong innings of runs against the Hanhwa Eagles to win 10-5.
The SK Wyverns defeated the Kia Tigers 4-3, although it wasn’t easy, as the teams went into the 12th inning where Noh Soo-kwang batted in the game-deciding run.