The SK Wyverns picked up a 6-3 win over the Lotte Giants on Sunday, winning their series two-games-to-one on the road. The game finished the week of play for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The game started close with both teams scoring two runs, although the Wyverrns had a second wind of momentum late, scoring three runs over relievers.
Both Teams Get Two, Wyverns Get Lead After
The Giants were first to strike, with a series of hits bringing in two runs in the first inning. A walk from the starting pitcher Park Jong-hoon forced the first run home, with ground ball in the next play allowing the second run to score.
Responding quickly, the Wyverns scored two runs in the second inning. A two-run home run from Choi Joon-woo tied up the game. In his second home run of the year, Choi moved his 2020 RBI count to seven.
The team took the lead in the third after a solo home run from Choi Jeong.
Starters Given Decision, Runs Scored In Their Absence
Giants starter Park was taken out of the game after playing six innings. He was given the loss for the game, making his 2020 record 2-6.
Koo Seung-min was the first reliever to come in for the Giants, struggling in his one-inning outing. While he finished the inning and even earned two strikeouts, a hit from Choi Ji-hoon scored a run and a wild pitch in the next at bat scored another run, making the game 5-2.
The Giants were able to score one run after the exit of the Wyverns starting pitcher Park Jong-hoon. Park got the win after pitching six innings, earning eight strikeouts while allowing five hits and two runs.
A sacrifice fly from Son Ah-seop was able to bring home Min Byung-hun, who was on third base. The run came against reliever Kim Jun-bin.
An insurance run came in the ninth for the Wyverns, with a hit by Choi Ji-hoon bringing home a run. The run came against Giants closer Kim Won-joong. Finishing the game for the Wyverns was Park Min-ho, who was given his first save of the season after 26 appearances.
The Week Ahead For KBO’s Eighth and Ninth Team
After a loss, the Giants moved back down to eighth in the KBO with a 24-27 record. The Wyverns, who are in ninth, still trail significantly, sitting nine games behind the Giants with a 16-37 record.
The Giants start their next week of play with a series over the Hanhwa Eagles. Going on the road for the series, the Giants will look to build on the 4-2 record they’ve attained against the team this season.
On Friday, the team will host a three-game series against the Doosan Bears. The Giants have a negative 2-4 record in 2020 against the Bears.
A week of highs and lows lies ahead for the Wyverns. They start their week against the NC Dinos, the highest-ranked team in the KBO currently. After that, they’ll play a three-game series against the last place Hanhwa Eagles.
First pitch for Tuesday’s games starts at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
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