A successful week for the Lotte Giants ended stress-free as the Busan-based team took a shutout 11-0 win over the Samsung Lions. The game won the two-game series for the Giants which was hosted by the Lions at the Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea.
Paired with a strong performance from the Giants’ pitching, the high-scoring win for the team was lead by veteran slugger Lee Dae-ho, who earned five RBIs in his appearance.
Lee Takes Many, Including Himself Twice, To Home
The scoring started for the Giants in the third inning. After a hit from Jung Hoon brought in one run, starting pitcher Choi Chae-heung was taken out of the game. Two batters later, Jang Ji-hoon gave up a grand slam to Lee Dae-ho.
The short performance from Choi gave him the loss, taking his 2020 record to 6-4 through 16 appearances.
Scoring his fifth run of the game, Lee scored a second home run in the sixth inning of the game. The run came against Lee Seung-hyun, the fifth pitcher to appear for the Lions in the game.
Late Runs For Giants
As rain started to pick up in the sixth inning the Giants continued to tack runs onto the board. The five-run rally started with a hit from Jeon Jun-woo which took hole two runners. After an error allowed a runner to get home in a play, Han Dong-hee hit a two-run home run to move the score to 11-0.
The game saw just under a 30-minute rain delay in the bottom of the seventh before they resumed.
Straily Earns Another Shutout Win
Earning his eighth win of the season was Dan Straily, who pitched for six innings before the Giants took him out of play. The win was the seventh shutout performance for Straily in 2020.
Earning six strikeouts, Straily moved his 2020 tally to a league-leading 127.
Giants To Play Next Week At Home
Seated sixth in the KBO, the Giants are currently one-and-a-half games behind the wild-card placed KT Wiz.
The Giants will meet three teams in the next week of KBO play. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first two games, with the Giants hosting the SK Wyverns. Later in the week the Kiwoom Heroes and the Hanhwa Eagles will also visit Busan for games against the Giants.
The Giants continue to follow the KBO’s schedule, although worries are rising in the country of changes coming to the season due to spiking COVID-19 cases.
South Korea reported 397 new cases on Saturday, the highest daily toll since the KBO resumed their season back in May.
Around The KBO
While the LG Twins tried to battle back in the ninth inning and scored two runs, they weren’t able to catch up to the lead the Hanwha Eagles had, ending the game with a 4-3 score.
Getting their third consecutive win of the week, the Doosan Bears got an 8-1 victory over the SK Wyverns.
In an upset, the KT Wiz won 10-1 over the top-ranked NC Dinos. The Dinos could potentially lose their spot next week as the Kiwoom Heroes now sit only one game behind.
Late runs from the Kia Tigers gave them an 8-7 win over the Kiwoom Heroes.