The Lotte Giants picked up a win on Thrursday, defeating the Doosan Bears 6-5 after a ninth inning hit from Lee Dae-ho scored two runs, giving the team the lead. The win was the third game of the week between the teams, although it was the first game at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
The game was one that favored the Giants for a while, seeing the Bears slowly battle back late. The Bears took the lead for the first time in the eighth inning, causing the Giants to step up and retake the game in the ninth.
Neither starter was given a decision from the game due to it’s late-scoring nature. The Giants pitcher Park Se-woong had a strong performance, allowing one run in five innings. Bears pitcher Raul Alcantara played six innings, allowing three runs in total.
Giants Dominate First Half of Game
The first runs for the Giants came in the third inning. First was a hit from Jeon Jun-woo that drove home a run and took Jeon around to third base. In the next at-bat, a ground ball from Lee Dae-ho brought Jeon home.
Moving the game to a three-run lead, Jung Hoon scored a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Bears Work Back To Tie
The Bears started to score in the fifth with a hit from Jose Miguel Fernandez driving home a run in the inning.
The Bears were able to tie the game up an inning later, driving home two runs off of hits. The first came against reliever Lee In-bok, as Lee Yoo-chan drove home a runner off of a single. When Koo Seung-min came in, a hit from Jung Soo-bin to right field moved the game to 3-3.
Bears Take Lead, Giants Regain Composure Late
Bears reliever Park Chi-guk was brought into the game in the seventh inning, looking to take the team out of a zero-out bases-loaded jam. He was able to do so, although he gave up one run to Son Ah-seop along the way, giving the Giants the lead 4-3.
Giving the Bears the lead for the first time in the game, Fernandez sent a ball deep into right-center to drive in two runs in the eighth inning. The scoring came against Giants closer Kim Won-joong, who pitched the inning after as well.
The ninth inning performance from Kim was quick, facing only four batters before the inning ended. Kim earned his third win of the year, with his outstanding statistic in 2020 still being saves, which currently sits at 12.
The game-deciding runs from the Giants in the ninth came against Hong Gun-hee, who got his third loss of the year.
Giants Eye Sixth Again
Now up two-games-to-one in their four game series against the Bears, the Giants have put themselves in a position to potentially move up to sixth in the KBO on Friday. The team currently has a 42-39-1 record, putting them only half-a-game behind the 44-40 Kia Tigers.
First pitch for the final game between the Bears and Giants this week is set for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT) on Friday.
Around The KBO
A shutout win for the KT Wiz on Thursday was lead by starter Bae Je-seong, who left the Hanhwa Eagles hitless through five-and-two-thirds innings. The Wiz won 3-0.
Early runs put the Samsung Lions ahead comfortably, as the team defeated the SK Wyverns 8-3 on Thursday.
While a six-run lead was enough for the NC Dinos, runs later in their game moved them to a final score of 14-2 over the Kia Tigers.
A close game went to the Kiwoom Heroes after an eighth-inning hit from Kim Ha-seong scored two runs. The team defeated the LG Twins 6-5 on Thursday.