Coming back from a loss from Friday, the Lotte Giants got a shutout 8-0 win over the KT Wiz on Saturday. The game saw hot bats late in the game for the Busan squad as well as one of the best performances yet from starter Adrian Sampson.
The win came at the Suwon KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Korea, the home of the Wiz.
Giants Earn Eight
The Giants got ahead by two in the first inning. First, a hit from Son Ah-seop into left-center bought Jeon Jun-woo enough time to get home from first base. Dixon Machado drove home Son later in the inning to make the game 2-0.
After many scoreless innings, the Giants resumed with scoring in the seventh. Banging a ball against the left-center outfield wall, catcher Jung Hoon took home a third run for the team. The play had to be reviewed, as at a glance it was hard to tell if the hit was a home run or not.
Min Byung-hun picked up an RBI too, scoring a run off of a hit to the outfield.
After giving up a few runs, reliever Lee Bo-geun was replaced by Lee Sang-dong.
Lee’s pitching stint started on a bad note, as a hit to the outfield from Machado scored two runs. The final run of the inning came from Kim Joon-tae, who took home Machado with a hit.
Lee played until the end of the game, giving up one more run in the ninth inning to Kim Dong-han.
Starters Given Decisions
Wiz starter So Hyeong-jun was taken out of play after five innings. Being given the loss for the game, So allowed two runs and five hits, getting five strikeouts as well. The decision moved So’s 2020 record to 4-4.
Getting his second win of the year, Giants starting pitcher Adrian Sampson went six innings. Putting up seven strikeouts, Sampson allowed only three hits. In his fifth start, the game was Sampson’s first game where he did not give up a run.
Rubbermatch Set For Sunday
The series is now tied up with a final game set to be played on Sunday. Last Friday, the Wiz earned their first win this season over the Giants after losing six games previously. First pitch for Sunday’s game is at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).
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