The KT Wiz maintained a lead over the Lotte Giants on Thursday, winning 6-5 to take a three-game series two-games-to-one. The series ended a week-long homestretch for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The game saw the Wiz earn a lead with runs from the fourth to the eighth inning. The team evaded trouble late, stopping the momentum of the Giants in the ninth inning after the team scored three runs.
Giants Take Lead For First Three Innings
The Giants got ahead in the second inning by a run after both teams had scoring plays.
The Wiz scored in the top of the inning, with Jang Sung-woo hitting a solo home run. The Giants answered back later in the inning, as a hit from Kim Joon-tae took home two runners.
Wiz Get Ahead
Sim Woo-jun took the game back for the Wiz in the fourth, hitting a ball into the outfield to take two runners home, making the game 3-2.
The Wiz scored again in the sixth, as a hit from Kim Min-hyeok scored a runner. The scoring play sounded the end of the start from Giants pitcher Noh Kyung-eun. Noh was given the loss for his five-and-two-third-innings stint.
Wiz pitcher Bae Se-jeong was taken out in the next inning, being awarded the win for the game.
Padding two more runs onto their lead, pinch hitter Moon Sang-cheol hit a two-run home run against Choi Jun-yong.
Giants Come Close Late
The Giants had a late push in the game, scoring three runs in the ninth inning. The scoring started with a hit from Lee Dae-ho that took home two runs. A hit later in the inning from Jung Hoon made the score a close 6-5.
Reliever Jeon Yoo-soo, the third pitcher to appear in the ninth for the Wiz, was able to finish the inning and be given the save for the game.
Giants To Start Series With Lions
The Giants will hit the road for the weekend, playing a three-game series against the Samsung Lions. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).
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