Kicking off their week of play with a win, the SK Wyverns won a back-and-forth game of baseball 10-8 over the Lotte Giants on Tuesday. The win was the first of a homestretch for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The game saw big swings in momentum at points. The Wyverns took the lead early, although the Giants were able to come back and even take the lead of the game at one point before the Wyverns took over yet again.
Wyverns Get Three To Start Lead By Romak
The Wyverns had an explosive first inning, as a three-run home run from Jamie Romak put the team on the board.
The team scored three more in the fifth inning. The first came off the bat of Choi Jeong, scoring one run. Romak scored another home run in the inning to bring in two more runs, carrying the game to a 6-0 score.
Giants Battle Back, Take Lead
The Giants scored their first run later in the inning, as a hit from Son Ah-seop brought in a run.
The game became close in the sixth inning after the Giants mounted a comeback. After walks forced two runs home, Son hit a grand slam to make the game 7-6 for the Giants. Kim Tae-hoon was the first reliever for the Wyverns in the inning, with Kim Se-hyun taking over after the first run was walked home.
Wyverns Have Strong Seventh
The biggest turning point in the game was the seventh inning, as troubles with Giants pitching allowed the Wyverns to have a rally.
After Romak scored a run against pitcher Park Jin-hyung, the second pitcher of the inning, a hit from Jeong Eui-yoon took three runners home to make the game 10-7. The runs came against Koo Seung-min, the third pitcher in the inning to appear.
Park was given the loss for his performance in the seventh inning.
The win for the Wyverns went to reliever Kim Jung-bin, who pitched in the seventh and eighth innings. Following him saw Seo Jin-yong, who was given his third save of the season for his closing performance.
The Giants were able to get one more run on the board in the game, as Han Dong-hee drove home a run in the ninth inning.
Giants Risk Losing Sixth
Losing to kick off the week of play, the Giants had their record bumped down to 44-41-1 for the 2020 season. The win puts them in a fragile place while sixth in the KBO, as the team is now only half-a-game behind the seventh-place Kia Tigers, who have a record of 45-43.
The Giants will host the Wyverns one more time this week, with their Wednesday game beginning at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
The Samsung Lions took the lead in a tied 3-3 game on Tuesday against the LG Twins after a solo home run from Daniel Palka put the team ahead. The game was Palka’s second as a Lion, as he joined the KBO last week.
A dominating performance saw the top-ranked NC Dinos steamroll the Hanhwa Eagles 11-3.
Regaining the lead late, a hit from Choi Joo-hwan drove home two runs for the Doosan Bears in the eighth inning and helped give the team a 10-8 win over the Kia Tigers.
Holding onto runs they scored early, the Kiwoom Heroes defeated the KT Wiz 4-1.