The Lotte Giants lost 6-3 on Sunday to the Kiwoom Heroes, dropping the team down to seventh in the KBO standings. The game, which took place at the home field for the Giants, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea, won the series for the Heroes after being tied at a game each following Saturday.
The game went back-and-forth early, with the Heroes taking the lead for good in the sixth inning.
3-3 Through Four
The Heroes got on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning as Giants starter Seo Jun-won struggled. The run was the result of a runner being forced to score due to a walk on loaded bases.
The Giants took the lead for a short period of time in the game when they scored three runs in the third inning. After a sacrifice fly ball from Lee Dae-ho drove home a run, a single from Han Dong-hee took in two more runs.
The game was tied up in the fourth after Heroes player Park Joon-tae hit a two-run home run. Giants starter Seo was pulled in the next inning.
Home Run Puts Heroes Ahead
The deciding run for the Heroes came in the sixth inning, as a hit from pinch hitter Song Woo-hyun brought a runner home. Another run was driven in by Seo Keon-chang later in the inning as well.
The runs came against reliever Jang Won-sam, giving the 37-year-old his third loss of the season. Jang has yet to record a win or save in the 2020 season through seven appearances.
The final run of the game came in the seventh inning, as a wild pitch from Giants reliever Park Jin-hyung allowed Jeon Byung-woo to get home.
Heo Gets Struck In Head
Later in his appearance, Park hit batter Heo Jeong-hyeop in the head with a pitch. Being able to leave the play under his own power, Heo was replaced by Park Jeong-eum for the rest of the game.
Giants Look To Week Against Bears
The Giants are set to play six games against the Bears next week, with the first half of the week at home. The team has played the team six times before, currently tied 3-3 in 2020.
Around The KBO
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