In a game that heavily relied on home runs from both teams, the Lotte Giants were able to pick up a 6-4 win over the KT Wiz on Friday. The win, a return to home field the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea for the Giants, saw the team bounce back from a sweep on the road against the Kia Tigers.
Giants Have Quick Start
The Giants got to work early, first with a hit from Oh Yoon-suk driving home Lee Dae-ho in the second inning. Han Dong-hee got an RBI as well later that inning, driving Heo Il in.
An inning later, An Chi-hong crushed a ball into left field for his second home run of the season.
Home Runs Earn Wiz Lead
The hottest bat on the Wiz, Mel Rojas Jr. made the game close again by hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning, moving the score to 3-2. Early in the season so far, Rojas Jr. has found himself in a close battle for most RBIs in the KBO with Preston Tucker and Jose Miguel Fernandez.
The game was tied up in the sixth after another home run came in, this time off the bat of Park Kyung-soo.
The starting pitcher for the Giants, Seo Jun-won, finished the sixth inning before being taken out of play. Giving up three runs and eight hits, Seo also earned three strikeouts.
Taking the lead for the first time in the game, Wiz player Moon Sang-cheol hit a solo home run against Koo Seung-min.
Lee Does It Again
The tied game went back into the hands of the Giants after a monster three-run home run from Lee Dae-ho was hit into center field. The hit came against Ju Kwon, who was given the loss for the game.
Kim Gets Fourth Save
Making his 11th appearance of the season, Giants closer Kim Won-joong got his fourth save, making his record 1-0-4 so far.
The win went to Koo Seung-min, who pitched in the seventh inning. His record is now a clean 3-0.
In the eighth inning, Wiz left fielder Son Min-seop landed awkwardly while fielding a ball. He finished the inning, but was pinch hit for in the ninth.
Giants Back Up To Sixth With Win
Being tied for seventh in the standings prior to the game, the Giants now move up to sixth place in the KBO with a 12-15 record. The Wiz drop to eighth with a 11-16 record, as the Samsung Lions sit in-between the teams now.
The win for the Giants made the Wiz the first team they’ve earned four wins against, not earning three against any other team either. The four-straight wins the Giants have earned will be challenged tomorrow, with the second of three games in the series being played at 2:00PM KST (1:00AM EDT).
Around The KBO
Two strong innings early for the Kiwoom Heroes allowed them to hang on for a 6-3 win over the LG Twins.
Tied at one run each, the Doosan Bears had a strong rally in the seventh inning that gave them a 5-1 win against the Kia Tigers.
While scoring two runs was enough for the SK Wyverns, two insurance runs came after, giving them a 4-1 win against the Samsung Lions.
No punches were pulled in Daejeon, as the NC Dinos got a 13-2 win over the hosting Hanhwa Eagles.