Scoring late against relieving pitchers, the KT Wiz were able to battle back for a 9-6 win over the Lotte Giants on Wednesday. The game tied up a three-game series hosted by the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
A big player in the game was Wiz player Kang Baek-ho, who recorded four RBIs from three different scoring plays.
Giants Hold Lead Through First Half of Play
After five innings of play, the Giants had a comfortable 6-2 lead over the Wiz.
Both teams scored a run each early. After the Wiz scored in the first inning with a hit from Kang Baek-ho driving home a runner, Jung Hoon had a scoring play in the third inning.
Kang scored again for the Wiz in the fourth inning, batting home another runner.
The Giants took their lead in the fourth, as hits from Son Ah-seop, Lee Dae-ho and Han Dong-hee all scored a run each to make the game 4-1.
Wiz starting pitcher Lee Dae-eun was pulled from the game after allowing the first run of the inning.
Adding on to their lead, the Giants scored two more in the fifth inning. Oh Yoon-suk was responsible for the first one, as a sacrifice fly gave him the chance to come home.
After that, Lee, who hit a run home in the inning before, took another home with a hit.
Wiz Battle Back
The run for the Wiz in the second half of the game started with Kang scoring again, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Giants starter Dan Straily was taken out of play after the sixth inning.
With reliever Koo Seung-min on the mound, the Wiz put down three more runs to take the lead.
After a triple from Moon Sang-cheol brought in two runners, Mel Rojas Jr. gave the team the lead by bringing home another run and making the game 7-6 for the team.
The loss for the game was given to Giants reliever Kim Geon-guk, who appeared in the seventh.
Two insurance runs came in the eighth inning for the Wiz. First came from a hit from Sim Woo-jun, with the other being a fielding error that took a runner home.
Giants Drop To Seventh
Having lost their Wednesday game, the Giants dropped back down to seventh in the KBO. With a record of 64-59-1, the Giants are one game behind the sixth-place Kia Tigers, and three behind the wild card placed Doosan Bears.
The Giants will host the Wiz one last time on Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
The Kia Tigers and Hanhwa Eagles won a game each in their doubleheader on Wednesday. Tigers took the afternoon game 6-4, although the Eagles rebounded with a 5-0 win.
The LG Twins took the lead in the eighth inning of their game, as Kim Min-sung drove home two runs to give the team a 3-1 win over the Samsung Lions.
The NC Dinos won their game on Wednesday, defeating the Kiwoom Heroes 4-3.
Choi Jeong scored a walk-off home run for the SK Wyverns in the ninth inning, earning the team a 5-4 win against the Doosan Bears.