Dominant pitching made for a low scoring game on Tuesday, as the Lotte Giants took a 1-0 win over the Samsung Lions. The scoring play for the Giants didn’t come until after both starting pitchers finished their successful performances.
The win opened the home series for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea.
The Deciding and Sole Run
The only scoring play in the game came in the eighth inning, with Giants first baseman Lee Dae-ho driving Son Ah-seop home. The run came against Lions reliever Lee Seung-hyun, who was given the loss for the game.
Pitchers Steal The Show
Both teams had strong pitching throughout, with 10 hits being allowed in total.
Giants starter Dan Straily kept the Lions to three hits, being pulled early in the seventh inning. Getting seven strikeouts in the appearance, Straily made his season total 32, tying him for most strikesouts in the league along with Koo Chang-mo.
Koo Seung-min, the eighth inning reliever for the Giants was given the win for the game. The ninth inning appearance from Kim Won-joong gave him his third-straight save.
Lions starter Choi Chae-heung played for seven innings, earning five strikeouts and allowing three hits.
Two More At Home For Giants
After the win, the Giants sit in fifth place in the KBO, with a positive record of 10-8. The Lions are currently in ninth place in the league with a 6-13 record.
The Giants an Lions will play two more games this week in Busan, Korea. The second game is set to start at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT) on Wednesday.
Around The KBO
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