A game that remained scoreless for the majority of the time saw a late run giving the Doosan Bears a 1-0 win over the Lotte Giants on Friday. The win finished a four-game series between the teams, ending it with both teams winning two games each.
The win for the Bears was their first of the week from home at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
The game got it’s first run in the bottom of the ninth, with a hit from Choi Yong-jae drove home a run and ended the game in walk-off fashion. The run came against reliever Choi Jun-yong, an 18-year-old rookie who got his first loss through 10 appearances in 2020.
The win for the game went to Bears reliever Hong Gun-hee, who was brought in to earn the final out against the Giants in the ninth.
Starters Have Solid Stints
The game saw successful starting pitcher appearances from both teams. The Giants had Noh Kyung-eun, who had a scoreless stint for only the second time in 2020. Allowing four hits, Noh played six innings before being substituted out.
Also playing six innings was the Bears starter Lee Seung-jin, who only allowed two hits. Only playing as a starter for the third time this year, the game was Lee’s longest appearance of 2020.
Teams Head Separate Ways For Weekend Games
To finish their week, the Giants will head to the home park of the Samsung Lions in Daegu for a two-game series that kicks off on Saturday. The club has played the Lions nine times this season, going 3-6 against the team.
The Giants still have the potential to move up to sixth in the KBO this week. With the Tigers also losing their Friday game, the Giants remain half-a-game behind the sixth-place team.
The Bears will hit the road again, playing a two-game series against the SK Wyverns starting Saturday. The team has won six of the nine games they have played against the team.
The first pitch for Saturday’s games is set for 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).
Around The KBO
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A strong performance from the LG Twins gave them a 7-3 win against the Kiwoom Heroes on Friday.
While the Kia Tigers took a short lead in the sixth, the NC Dinos were able to score 10 runs in the final three innings to win 10-4.
Being down by a run, hits from Oh Jun-hyeok and Choi Ji-hoon gave the SK Wyverns the lead, earning them a win 8-6 over the Samsung Lions.