Early runs earned the Kia Tigers a win on Thursday, defeating the Lotte Giants 4-3. The team secured four runs in the first three innings, holding onto the lead to defeat the hosting Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The win was the third consecutive for the Tigers this week. Their streak of wins has allowed them to overtake the Giants for sixth in the KBO. Following their Thursday win, the Tigers sit one-and-a-half games ahead of the Giants in the standings.
Noh Gives Up Four Runs In Appearance
Giants starter Noh Kyung-eun was pulled in the sixth inning, with his appearance giving him his sixth loss of the season. The veteran starter recorded six strikeouts in his stint. Noh allowed all of the runs that the Tigers scored in the game.
The first run was driven in by Choi Hyung-woo, who hit a solo home run in the first inning. Choi earned his 13th home run of the season, doing so while wearing a facemask, something that has been seen often in the MLB but not so much in the KBO.
Another home run came an inning later, this time coming off of the bat of Kim Min-sik.
The final runs for the Tigers came in the third inning, as hits from Choi Hyung-woo and Yoo Min-sang scored a run each, taking the game to a 4-0 score.
Giants Shorten Lead
The Giants kicked off their scoring in the fourth inning, recording two runs and narrowing the lead that the Tigers had. The runs were taken home by Han Dong-hee, who drove home two runners off of a hit into the outfield.
The final run for the Giants came much later in the game, with Jeon Jun-woo hitting a ball into the outfield, allowing Son Ah-seop to get home.
Gagnon Records Eighth Win
Tigers starter Drew Gagnon had a strong performance in the game, allowing two runs before being pulled after the seventh inning. Being awarded the win for the game, Gagnon moved his 2020 record to 8-5, making himself the third pitcher in the club to reach eight wins.
The ninth-inning performance from Jeon Sang-hyun earned the Tigers closer his 10th save of the season.
Tigers and Giants Prepare For Doubleheader
Making up for a cancelled game from earlier in the season, the Tigers and Giants will play a doubleheader of games on Friday. The first game is set to happen at 3:00PM KST (2:00AM EDT), with the second game happening set for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
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The LG Twins made an eighth-inning comeback, as a three-run home run from Park Yong-taik gave the team a 6-5 win over the NC Dinos.
A high-scoring, back-and-forth game went to the Samsung Lions on Thursday, after hits from Koo Ja-wook and Daniel Palka gave the team their lead back, defeating the Doosan Bears 11-10.
Scoring six runs against starter Chad Bell, the Kiwoom Heroes earned a 6-5 win against the Hanhwa Eagles on Thursday.