A back-and-forth game went to the NC Dinos on Thursday, winning a 9-7 match over the Lotte Giants at the Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea.
The game saw big innings from both teams, with the Giants even holding the lead at one point following a five-run inning.
Early Runs For Dinos
The Dinos took a two-run lead in the fourth inning after star batter Aaron Altherr hit his 14th home run of the season. Tied with teammate Na Sung-bum, Altherr sits second in the KBO for most home runs.
Taking the game to a 1-2 score, Giants player Son Ah-seop batted in a run in the fifth inning.
Giants starter Dan Straily was taken out after allowing two more runs in the fifth inning. The game became 4-1 after Altherr drove home two runs off of a hit. Oh Hyun-taek finished the inning on the mound, but not before a wild pitch brought in one more run.
Giants Score Five Runs
The Giants were able to battle back and even take the lead in the sixth after a long rally of hits. It started with a two-run home run from Han Dong-hee. After that, Dinos starter Lee Jae-hak was taken out of play. Hits from Jung Hoon and Son Ah-seop brought in three more runs, moving the game to 6-5 in favour of the Giants.
Dinos Retake Lead For Win
A two-inning push from the Dinos saw them retake the lead for the rest of the game. In the sixth, a hit from pinch hitter Yang Eui-ji scored two runs over reliever Jin Myung-ho. Jin was given the loss for the game, his first of the season.
Hits from Kwon Hee-dong and No Jin-hyuk in the seventh made the game 9-6. The hits came against Lee In-bok.
While the Giants weren’t able to take the lead, they scored one last run in the eighth off of a ground ball.
The win went to Dinos reliever Park Jin-woo, who played through five outs from innings five to seven. Taking over after him was Won Jong-hyun, who finished the game and earned his 13th save of the season.
NEXT: Dinos Head To Break Streak As Giants Aim To Retain
Winning their Wednesday and Thursday games, the Dinos won their series over the Giants two-games-to-one. The team will host a three-game series over the Kia Tigers starting Friday. The Tigers are the only team that has remained undefeated over the Dinos this season, going 2-0 in their first meeting.
The Giants head back home for their weekend series, as the team hosts a trio of games against the SK Wyverns. The Giants won two-games-to-none over the Wyverns in their first 2020 meeting.
All of Friday’s games are set to start at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT). Both the Giants and Dinos’ games have a potential to be affected by rain.
Around The KBO
The Samsung Lions got their third-straight win over the SK Wyverns on Thursday, earning the sweep after a 6-2 victory.
A rough start for Hanhwa Eagles pitcher Warwick Saupold gave the Kia Tigers the lead early, eventually finishing with a 7-1 win.
In extra innings, a hit from Jang Sung-woo drove home the deciding run to give the KT Wiz a win over the LG Twins 4-3.
A seventh-inning rally put the Kiwoom Heroes ahead by three, defeating the Doosan Bears 10-7.