A high-scoring game went to the Kiwoom Heroes on Thursday, defeating the hosting Lotte Giants 11-6. The game saw a close score lead by the Heroes early, with the team pulling ahead for good in the fourth inning.
The loss for the Giants continued their week-long homestretch of games from the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
Teams Exchange Runs For First Third of The Game
The Heroes were able to maintain a one-run lead through the early innings, as they got ahead early in the first inning with a solo home run from Kim Ha-seong.
In the next inning, Byeon Sang-kwon drove home the second run for the Wyverns. Later in the second inning, Giants player Kim Joon-tae got a hit, allowing a runner to get home and make the game 2-1.
In the third inning, Addison Russell picked up an RBI after taking in a runner off of a hit. Answering back again for the Giants, Heo Il drove home a runner in the third inning.
Heroes Take Game Out of Reach
The biggest inning in the game for the Heroes was the fourth, scoring five runs to pull ahead to a lead that the Giants never came close to overtaking. The rally of at-bats saw the entire lineup come to the plate for the Heroes. Scoring two runs each off of hits was Byeon Sang-kwon and Russell, with Kim Ha-seong batting in a run as well. The team had an 8-2 lead following the top of the fourth inning.
Shortening the lead, Giants player Son Ah-seop picked up an RBI later in the inning.
Noh Given Fifth Loss In 2020
An inning later, Giants starter Noh Kyung-eun was taken out of play. Being given his fifth loss of the season, Noh’s record moved to 4-5.
The win for the game went to Im Gyu-bin, who appeared in the third and fourth inning for the Heroes. Kim Tae-hoon pitched the first two innings, although he had a short stint as the pitcher usually plays in a reliever position.
Heroes Put Down Insurance Runs
The Heroes further moved their lead in the seventh inning after solo home runs from Heo Jeong-hyeop and Jeon Byung-woo. The runs came against Oh Hyun-taek, who was taken out of the game before the end of the inning.
The team was able to tack their last run down in the ninth, as Kim Gyu-min batted in a runner.
Late Runs Not Enough For Giants
A late push of runs came from the Giants in the ninth inning, although it was not enough to make the game close. Hits from Shin Yong-su and An Chi-hong scored three runs, making the game 11-6. Playing the entire inning, closer Park Seung-joo was able to survive past the runs and finish the inning with a strikeout.
Giants Risk Dropping Below Tigers
While they did not lose their sixth-place KBO spot on Thursday, the Giants sit only half-a-game ahead of the Kia Tigers, who have a record of 46-44.
The Giants will host the Heroes one more time this week before kicking off a two-game series against the Hanhwa Eagles. Friday’s game is scheduled for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
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In his longest appearance of the year, starter Chad Bell pitched seven scoreless innings for the Hanwha Eagles, who defeated the Samsung Lions 7-0.
The SK Wyverns earned a win on Thursday, defeating the Kia Tigers 10-4.
Scoring four runs in the first inning, the NC Dinos got ahead early and maintained their success to the end, defeating the Doosan Bears 8-2.