After a day off due to rain, the Lotte Giants picked up an 8-2 win over the SK Wyverns lead by another strong start from Dan Straily. The performance gave the Giants their second win over the Wyverns this week, with a hard fourth inning putting the game out of reach for the Wyverns. The win came at the home field of the Wyverns, the Incheon SK Happy Dream Stadium in Incheon, South Korea.
Straily Earns Sixth Win
Giants starter Dan Straily got his sixth win of the season on Thursday, allowing two runs in his seven-inning performance. Earning four strikeouts, Straily moved his 2020 count to 111, the highest in the KBO currently. His outing saw him allow two runs in the early innings, however he settled into a groove and pitched four scoreless innings after.
Wyverns Score Two
The Wyverns were the first to strike in the game, scoring two runs before the Giants took over. The first run came early, as Choi Jeong batted in his 18th home run of the season. Choi scored again in the third, driving home Kim Jae-hyun to give the Wyverns a preliminary 2-0 lead. Choi leads the club in RBIs and home runs, with a close second place being Jamie Romak.
Giants Cause Trouble In Fourth and Fifth
The Giants started causing trouble in the fourth, scoring six runs. Starting pitcher Kim Joo-han was pulled early in the inning, being replaced by Kim Jung-bin after facing three batters, hitting one with a pitch and walking another.
Due to loading up the bases before being taken out of the game, the first three runs of the inning were scored against Kim Joo-han. Those three runs came off of three different plays, as walks forced three runs home.
Three runs were marked against Kim Jung-bin, although it was Kim Se-hyun who was at the mound for all three. Continuing the rally, hits from Jung Hoon and Son Ah-seop took the game to a 6-0 score. Kim finished the inning for the Wyverns.
After scoring RBIs in the inning before, Han Dong-hee and Dixon Machado came back for seconds in the fifth inning. Both scoring their own solo home runs against Jo Young-woo, the team moved to a 8-2 lead.
Giants Head To Seoul
Winning both their games in Incheon, the Giants will now head to Seoul for a three-game series versus the Doosan Bears. The Wyverns will stay at home, hosting a weekend series versus the Samsung Lions.
Friday’s games are set to kick off at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT). The rainy season in South Korea continues, with both the Wyverns and Giants’ upcoming games having an early forecast that predicts rain.
Around The KBO
The Kiwoom Heroes took the lead in a tied 2-2 game against the KT Wiz in the fifth inning, as a ground ball from Kim Ha-seong scored Park Joon-tae to make the game 3-2.
After three scoreless innings, the Kia Tigers started to pick up their scoring, finishing the game with a 13-1 score over the LG Twins.
Getting ahead early over starter Ben Lively, the Doosan Bears scored four runs to take the lead against the Samsung Lions. The 2019 KBO Champions finished the game with a 5-2 score.
After being down by one run for a few innings, the NC Dinos scored three runs in the eighth to get a lead over the Hanhwa Eagles. Dinos, the top-ranked KBO team won the game with a final score of 4-1.