The Lotte Giants finished their week with a shutout 8-0 win over the Kia Tigers on Sunday. The win saw the team have two heavy-hitting innings, including one where six runs were scored. The win was the second-in-a-row for the team at their home field, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
Noh Has Best 2020 Appearance
The win gave starting pitcher Noh Kyung-eun his best performance of the year. Playing seven innings, something that he had only done once before in the season, Noh allowed zero runs in his performance for the first time in 2020. The veteran pitcher lowered his ERA to a 5.12 on the season following the win, which moved his 2020 record to 4-3.
Giants Earn Eight
The Giants gained a lead early, scoring two runs in the third inning. The runs came off of a hit from Lee Dae-ho, who took home Son Ah-seop and Jung Hoon.
A nightmarish fifth inning for the Tigers moved the Giants to a comfortable eight-run lead. Starting Tigers pitcher Drew Gagnon started the inning but was pulled after facing five batters, giving up two runs in the process.
With reliever Ko Young-chang coming in, the Giants scored four more runs off of four separate at-bats. After 11 batters, the Tigers ended the inning with an 8-0 score.
Gagnon was given the loss for his starting performance, making it his first loss since late May. Gagnon’s 2020 record is currently 6-4.
Giants End Homestand as Tigers Open Their Own
The Giants finished the week of play seventh in the KBO, evening their record at 35-35. They will resume play on Tuesday, starting a three-game series against the SK Wyverns, who they’ve went 3-3 against this season. On the weekend, the Giants will head to Seoul to face the 2019 KBO Champions, the Doosan Bears.
The Tigers will spend their next week at home in Gwangju, playing a three-game series against the LG Twins and the NC Dinos each. The series versus the Twins is an important one for the Tigers, as it gives them a chance to pass the team for fourth in the KBO. As it stands currently, the Twins are half-a-game ahead of the Tigers.
Around The KBO
A tie was broken in the 10th inning, as Kiwoom Heroes player Lee Jung-hoo batted in two runs to give the team a 4-2 win against the Samsung Lions.
Going into extra innings for the second-straight game, the Doosan Bears scored three runs in the 12th inning to defeat the NC Dinos 7-4.
Two rained out games on Sunday have been moved to Monday. The Hanhwa Eagles will face the LG Twins, and the SK Wyverns will battle with the KT Wiz while the rest of the KBO observes an off-day. Forecasts predict that rain could also intervene with play on Monday.