Making up for a previous low-scoring loss, the Samsung Lions defeated the Lotte Giants in a blowout 11-1 performance. The game tied up the series against the Giants, taking place at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea.
Impressive Pitching For Daegu Crew
Lions starting pitcher Won Tae-in had a strong outing, going eight innings before being pulled from the game. He earned six strikeouts, allowing four hits overall.
Jang Ji-hoon came in to pitch the final inning against the Giants.
Teams Exchange Runs
The runs first kicked off for the Lions with the second batter, Park Gye-bom, who hit a solo home run to put the team up by one.
The Giants answered back in the bottom of the first off of an error. On his way to first base, Jeon Jun-woo was hit on the top of the head by the glove of Tyler Saladino, as an error made him swing his hand down in an attempt to catch the ball. The ball went loose, and in the process allowed runner Min Byung-hun to run home and tie up the game. Despite being down for a moment, Jun-woo was able to continue playing.
Lions Pull Ahead
Once the game crossed into the second inning, it went in favour of the Lions for good. In the second inning, a solo home run from Saladino gave the team the lead once again.
Another run came in the fourth inning, as a hit from Park Chan-do brought in Saladino.
A sacrifice fly ball from Lee Won-seok brought in Kim Dong-yeop in the next inning. Before the fifth inning was finished, Giants starter Park Se-woong was pulled from the game. Being given the loss of the game, he allowed four runs and five hits in his appearance.
The sixth inning was a big one for the Lions, scoring three runs in total. Won-seok hit a ball off an outfield wall, bringing in the first two runs. Later, Saladino hit a fly ball that brought in another runner. The score was then extended to 7-1.
An inning later, the team got up by three more runs. First, Park Gye-beom batted in a run. Later, a hit from Won-seok brought in two more runs to make the game 10-1.
The final run for the Lions came in the eighth, when a sacrifice fly drove Park Chan-do home.
Lions Tie For Eighth Ahead of Final Game In Series
The win on Wednesday tied the Lions for eighth in the league, along with the Hanhwa Eagles, who have an identical record of 7-13. The Giants, who have a 10-9 record, remain in fifth place, half a game between going up or down in the rankings.
The Giants host one more game before hitting the road, with the Thursday match against the Lions starting at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Per MyKBOStats.com, Adrian Sampson will make his first start for the Giants on Thursday. He was out of the lineup before due to serving a two-week quarantine, having come from the United States.
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