After two separate home runs from Kang Baek-ho, the KT Wiz got a 3-2 win over the Lotte Giants on Sunday. The win was the second in the series for the Wiz at the Suwon KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Korea.
Kang, a first baseman for the team is one of the hotter bats in the squad, sitting currently with 10 home runs in the season. He trails Mel Rojas Jr. in the statistic, as the team leader has 13 home runs so far.
Kang’s first home run came in the first inning, driving home Rojas Jr. as well. A solo shot in the sixth from Kang gave the team their three-run lead.
The home runs were against Noh Kyung-eun, who lasted six innings before the Giants pulled him. Given the loss for the game, Noh has a 3-3 record in the 2020 season.
The game was delayed for a short period of time in the second inning after the home plate umpire Park Keun-young was hit in the hand with a tipped ball. The game resumed after 10 minutes or so.
Cuevas Events Record Versus Giants
Starting for the Wiz was William Cuevas, who lasted seven innings. He was given the win, taking his record to 2-2 over six appearances. He also evened his record against the Giants this season to 1-1.
Closing the game was Kim Jae-yoon, who got his fifth save this season. Kim had some trouble in the inning, facing seven batters in total. A hit from Son Ah-seop was able to drive home two runs, making the game a closer 3-2 near the end.
Wiz Wins Their First Series Over Giants
Having won their Sunday game, the Wiz prevailed 2-1 in their series against the Giants. The trio of games saw the first two times this season that the Wiz have beat the Busan team.
The sixth-place Giants will start their eighth week of play on Tuesday, kicking off with a three-game series against the Kia Tigers, a team they have went 0-6 against this year. They’ll stay at home for the rest of the week, hosting the Samsung Lions for a series on Friday, who they’ve went 1-2 against.
The Wiz have an interesting week ahead, playing the highest and lowest ranked teams in the league. It starts with a series against the first-place NC Dinos, who swept them in their first series. They’ll play the Hanhwa Eagles after, who they went 2-1 against in their first meeting.
The first pitch for Tuesday’s games starts at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
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