Earning 10 runs in the first two innings, the Lotte Giants held onto their lead to defeat the LG Twins 12-6 on Monday. The make-up game played on a rare Monday was a win for the Giants, who played at their home park, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
Explosive Start For Giants Against Lee
The Giants put down 10 runs early, all of which came against starting pitcher Lee Min-ho. Earning only four outs in his appearance, Lee was given the loss for his start. The game gave him his highest single-game ERA in 2020, finishing with an inflated 67.50. His 2020 record is now 4-3.
The first run that was brought home came off of a hit from Lee Dae-ho. Two hits later, Dixon Machado took a ball into center field that took home two more runners.
Continuing the rally, hits from Kim Joon-tae, An Chi-hong and Son Ah-seop scored a run each in the first inning.
The second inning was a short one for starter Lee, who allowed four runs before being pulled. After a hit from Han Dong-hee took home a run, a two-run home run from Machado and a solo shot from Lee Byung-kyu took the team into double digits.
Twins Score Their Own
The Twins were able to score a fair amount of runs in the game, although it was never threatening the quickly attained lead that the Giants earned. Their first run came in the top of the second inning, as Yoo Kang-nam drove home a run.
Roberto Ramos was able to put down two more runs an inning later by hitting a two-run home run. Being his 31st of the season, Ramos currently sits second in the 2020 KBO season for most home runs.
Bringing in their fourth run, Oh Ji-hwan drove home a run in the fourth inning to make the game 10-4.
Giants starter Park Se-woong played until the fifth inning before being taken out of play. Park’s performance, a win, moved his 2020 record to 7-6. The game was his first win in 2020 over the Twins through two appearances.
Late Runs From Both Teams
Twins reliever Kim Dae-hyun struggled in the sixth inning, allowing one run overall after facing seven batters.
Jung Hoon left the game in the sixth inning after a pitch hit his left hand. He was down for a minute before heading back to the dugout.
A run was scored in the inning after a walk to Lee Byung-kyu forced a runner home.
Reliever Nam Ho struggled as well, allowing a run in the seventh inning. While Nam was able to finish the inning, he allowed a run off of a hit from Jeon Jun-woo.
The Twins scored runs late in the game against relievers. In the eighth, a hit from Jeong Keun-woo scored a runner against reliever Park Shi-young. Lee In-bok finished the inning and stayed in for the ninth as well.
While Lee finished the ninth, a run was scored in the inning as an error took base runner Kim Yon-yi home.
Giants Head To Changwon For Tuesday
The next week of play for the Giants will begin tomorrow, as the team is scheduled to play a two-game series against the top-ranked NC Dinos. On Thursday, the team will head back home for a two-game series against the Samsung Lions. The team will play a series on Saturday and Sunday against the SK Wyverns to cap off the week.