Winning their second game over the Hanhwa Eagles this week, early runs for the Lotte Giants helped earn them a 6-2 victory on Sunday. The win was the last of the team’s weeklong homestretch at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The game saw the Giants get ahead early with four runs, earning the team a lead that the Eagles were not able to catch up to.
A seven-inning appearance from Giants starter Adrian Sampson earned him a win. Moving his record to 5-7, the game was the longest appearance in 2020 from Sampson.
Giants Get Up By Four
The Giants started to score in the second inning, putting down four runs before shifting back to defence.
The first two runs came off of a hit from Oh Yoon-suk, moving the bench player’s 2020 RBI tally to nine. Jung Hoon took Oh home in the following at-bat.
Later in the inning, a wild pitch from Warwick Saupold went behind the catcher, allowing Jung to get around from second base to home.
The Eagles started to fight back in the fourth, starting with a hit from Brandon Barnes that brought home a run. The play continued a hot streak for Barnes which has seen him earn an RBI in his last four games.
An inning later, a hit from Noh Soo-kwang made the game 4-2.
Giants Score Late Runs
The Giants scored insurance runs later in the game, After the removal of Saupold from the mound, Kim Joon-tae batted in a runner in the sixth inning. An inning later, Han Dong-hee grounded out, giving runner Jeon Jun-woo to score. The run came against reliever Kim Jong-soo, who had appeared in the inning before as well.
Saupold Continues To Struggle Against Giants
Saupold was given a loss for this five-and-one-third innings performance. The loss was his fourth against the Giants this year, moving his overall season record to 6-11.
Giants Retain Sixth Place
Winning half of their games this week, the Giants were able to retain their sixth place in the KBO after losing it mid-week. The team will hit the road on Tuesday following a long homestretch.
Their next week of play will kick off against the KT Wiz, playing a two-game series against the team. On Thursday, the team will return home for a two-game series against the Kia Tigers. Finishing off the week, the team will host the LG Twins on Saturday and Sunday.
Around The KBO
Picking up their game that was delayed on Saturday, the Doosan Bears and LG Twins played to a 5-5 tie. Their second game of the day saw the Twins win 4-1.
The KT Wiz and the Kia Tigers took a game each in their Sunday doubleheader. The afternoon game went to the Wiz, giving Odrisamer Despaigne a win in an 8-5 game. The evening matchup saw the Tigers win 7-5.
Earning five runs against starter Lee Geon-wook, the NC Dinos held onto their lead to win 7-4 over the SK Wyverns.
The Kiwoom Heroes took the lead in a game they were previously trailing after a hit from Lee Ji-young drove home two runs. The team won 3-2 over the Samsung Lions.