In the only scoring play of the game, a hit from Kang Lo-han gave the giants a 1-0 walk-off win over the KT Wiz on Saturday. The game, which was low in hits, was the second win for the Giants in the series.
The Memorial Day game took place from the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea.
Kang Makes First Hit Count
The game ended after Kang hit a ball into right field that took Jeon Jun-woo around from second to home. The excitement that a game-winning play would usually produce was somewhat stunted, as the play was challenged by the Wiz, causing suspense for the verdict.
Jeon collided with the catcher at home, although he was seemingly fine after shaking off the play.
Kang, who earned the game-winning RBI for the Giants was pinch-hitting for Heo Il late in the game. Only appearing a few times this season, the play earned Kang his first hit and RBI of the year.
The hit came against Kim Jae-yoon, giving him the loss for the game. Kim’s record now stands at 0-2-1 after nine appearances this season.
The Giants had no trouble with their two relievers finishing the game. Park Jin-hyung earned two strikeouts in the eighth inning.
Despite the game being tied at the time, the club’s usual closer Kim Won-joong appeared in the ninth, keeping the Wiz hitless in the inning. The win moved his record to 2-0-4, keeping his ERA under 1.00 for the season.
Starters Put On Show
Starting pitchers for both the Giants and Wiz had good performances, going deep into the game before being taken out. Straily, who is arguably the best pitcher on the Giants, pitched seven innings, getting six strikeouts and allowing five hits.
Bae Je-seong did eight innings for the Wiz, allowing only three hits and walks each, getting four strikeouts as well.
Giants Look For Second Sweep Over Wiz
Combining the opening week series with the current one, the Giants are now 5-0 this season against the Wiz. They will look for their second sweep against the Suwon ball club on Sunday, with the final game of the series starting at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).
Around The KBO
The Giants weren’t the only team that got a walk-off today. A tied 3-3 game went to the Doosan Bears after a Kim Jae-ho brought a runner home. The 2019 KBO Champions prevailed over the Kia Tigers 4-3.
Early runs from the SK Wyverns gave the team a win, although the Samsung Lions heated up near the end of a 6-4 game.
Besting their 14-3 game yesterday, the NC Dinos returned on Saturday to give the Hanhwa Eagles a 14-2 win.
Down 4-0 in the seventh, the Kiwoom Heroes scored five runs over the final three innings of their game to beat the LG Twins 5-4. A hit from Jeon Byung-woo was the walk-off deciding factor.