Gaining a 15-run lead to start, the Lotte Giants went on to defeat the LG Twins 17-2 on Tuesday. The game opened up a three-game series hosted by the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.
The Giants were able to put down 15 runs, 13 of which came against the Twins’ starting pitcher, in the first three innings to take a large lead that allowed the team to cruise to a victory.
The game also saw the return of a live audience, as a limited crowd was allowed into the stadium and socially distanced. The change marks the second time the KBO has brought back live crowds, the first time being stopped due to a spike of COVID-19 cases within South Korea.
The Giants’ 15-Run Lead
The first run was the largest one for the Giants, putting down eight runs in the frame.
The scoring started as a ground ball from Jeon Jun-woo allowed a runner to get home. After that, a hit from Han Dong-hee took home two more runners.
With the bases loaded a third run was forced home after Dixon Machado was hit by a pitch.
Doubling his team’s lead in the first inning, Oh Yoon-suk hit a grand slam to give the team an 8-0 lead.
Jung Bo-geun scored two more runs for the team in the second inning with a hit that drove home runners.
Ryu Won-suk was pulled in the third inning after allowing three more batters on base. Being responsible for 13 runs in total, Ryu was given the loss for the game.
Sacrifice fly balls from Lee Dae-ho and Lee Byung-kyu scored a run each in the third inning. Han, who brought in two runs previously, hit a three-run home run to make the game 15-0.
Straily Only Allows Two Runs In Winning Performance
The Twins scored their sole runs in the fifth inning, as Lee Hyung-jong hit a two-run home run. The runs came against Giants starter Dan Straily, who pitched six innings before being taken out of the game.
The stint from Straily earned him his 13th win of the season, moving his record to 13-4. Straily pitched seven strikeouts in the game, making his 2020 total a league-leading 185 through 29 games.
The Giants put down two more runs later in the game, with hits from An Chi-hong and Shin Bon-gi each taking runners home.
Giants To Host Twins For Two More Games
The Giants are scheduled to host the Twins to two more games this week. Wednesday’s game has a scheduled start time of 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).
Around The KBO
Lead by starting pitcher Raul Alcantara, the Doosan Bears cruised to a 5-0 win over the Hanhwa Eagles on Tuesday.
While the NC Dinos looked for a late push in the ninth inning by scoring six runs, the team fell short of taking back the lead, losing 11-9 to the Kia Tigers.
A tied game went the way of the SK Wyverns in the sixth inning after a solo home run from Choi Jeong. The team padded on more runs later to defeat the Samsung Lions 7-3.
Moving up into second in the KBO, the KT Wiz won a 7-3 game against the Kiwoom Heroes.