An eight-inning pitching performance from Dan Straily played a key role in the Lotte Giants’ 5-0 win on Tuesday over the LG Twins. The shutout victory saw Straily allow only two hits and one walk in his performance.
The home game was the first in two days for the Giants, as previous games at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea did not happen due to rain.
The Giants had a short lead of two runs through most innings, although the strong defence from the team didn’t urge them to pile on a lead.
Giants Get Ahead Early, Build Late
The Giants scored their first two runs in the third inning. The first run was batted in by Son Ah-seop, who drove a ball deep into center field to take home Min Byung-hun from first base. A sacrifice fly from Lee Dae-ho in the next at-bat took Son home as well.
Another rally came late in the game as the Giants scored three runs in the eighth inning. It started after a ground ball went over the head of first-baseman Roberto Ramos, giving Han Dong-hee the chance to get home from third base.
Against reliever Ko Woo-seok a hit from Dixon Machado drove home two runs to make the game 5-0. Reliever Yeo Geon-wook came in after to help give the Twins the three outs that eluded them earlier in the inning.
Straily The Key To Success on Tuesday
Holding off the Twins for eight innings, Straily was given his third win of the season. Reliever Lee In-bok pitched the ninth inning.
Straily has consistently gone deep into games for the Giants in 2020. The game on Tuesday was the second time this year that the starter played eight innings and the seventh time that he had played seven innings or more. He currently ranks second in the KBO for most innings pitched.
Delivering five strikeouts in his appearance, Straily took back his first-place spot in the KBO for most 2020 strikeouts. Sitting behind him is the star pitcher for the NC Dinos, Koo Chang-mo.
Giants and Twins See Potential To Move
The Giants have a chance to move into seventh place if success carries over to their other games against the Twins this week. Only a game behind the seventh-place KT Wiz, the Giants could see a move soon.
The Twins are in a position that is almost equally precarious and prosperous in the KBO standings. The 30-28 team are a game-and-a-half behind the fourth-place Kia Tigers, however, the 31-29 Lions sit right behind them with an identical .517 win percentage.
The Giants will host the Twins for two more games this week. Wednesday’s game is set to begin at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
Lead by starter Odrisaimer Despaigne who played seven innings, the KT Wiz took a 7-2 win over the Hanhwa Eagles to start their week.
The Samsung Lions took a shutout win over the Kia Tigers 5-0. The game saw a seven-inning performance from David Buchanan, who got his third consecutive win.
A 5-1 win went to the Kiwoom Heroes against the NC Dinos on Tuesday. The series is a big one, as the Heroes have the chance to get closer to first place in the KBO. The Dinos currently hold first, however the trailing Heroes are five games behind.
In a 19-run game, the SK Wyverns got a 12-7 victory against the Doosan Bears.