A two-run home run from Oh Sun-jin gave the Hanhwa Eagles walk-off 12th inning win 7-6 over the Lotte Giants on Tuesday. The game, which happened at the Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea, concluded after four-and-a-half hours of play.
The game saw the Giants come back late with three runs that tied up a game that the Eagles led before. The battle was close in extra innings, with the lead changing three times through the 11th and 12th innings.
Eagles Get Early Lead
The Eagles scored early, as a hit from Kim Tae-kyun in the first drove home a hit.
The Giants responded in the third inning with a hit from Son Ah-seop to tie the game up 1-1.
The lead went back to the Eagles later in the inning as hits from Kim and Choi Jin-haeng scored two more runs. A solo home run was hit by Choi Jin-haeng in the fifth to extend the Eagles’ lead to 4-1.
Eagles starter Jang Shi-hwan was taken out of the game after five innings. The Giants starter Jang Won-sam lasted an inning later, being taken out after the sixth.
Giants Tie It Up
The Giants started to mount a comeback, scoring one run every inning until the game was tied up 4-4. In the seventh inning, a hit from Min Byung-hun drove home a runner. The play came against reliever Hwang Young-guk, who finished the inning after.
An Chi-hong scored a solo home run in the eighth to make the game 4-3. An inning later, Jung Hoon tied it up with his own home run.
Teams Trade Runs In The 11th
In a rare instance, the teams scored runs in more than one of the extra innings. Both teams scored a run in the 11th before the game ended in the 12th. The Giants scored first after Kim Joon-tae drove a run home.
With the Giants only an out away from winning the game, Song Kwang-min hit a ball that took Jung Jin-ho around from second base, tying up the game 5-5.
Home Run Closes The Show
The Giants regained the lead yet again in the 12th after a hit from Heo Il scored a runner, making the game 6-5. Pitching in the 12th for the Eagles was Jang Min-jae, who was given his second win of the year for the appearance.
The two-run home run in the 12th inning from Oh came against reliever Park Shi-young, who was given the loss for the game. Park was given his first loss of the season after 25 appearances.
Eagles Have Opportunity To Move Up This Week
For the first time in a while, the Eagles have a window of opportunity to get out of last place in the KBO. The team, which has a record of 14-40, is currently two games behind the ninth-place SK Wyverns who have a 16-38 record.
The Giants have a 24-28 record in eighth place currently.
The Eagles will host the Giants two more times this week, with games on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s game begins at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
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The KT Wiz started their week with a blowout victory, defeating the Kia Tigers 8-2.
The second-ranked Doosan Bears defeated the LG Twins 9-6, including a fourth-inning rally of four runs.
Getting five runs early, the Samsung Lions coasted for a few innings before having another late rally, finishing with a 13-2 win over the Kiwoom Heroes.