Bouncing back from two previous losses, the Lotte Giants finished their week with a 9-2 win over the NC Dinos on Sunday. The win completed a three-game series hosted by the Dinos at the Changwon NC Dinos Park in Changwon, South Korea.
The win for the Giants saw them get a short lead mid-way through the game, pouring on more runs late to leave a wider score.
The first run of the game came in the third inning, as a sacrifice fly ball to Lee Dae-ho allowed a runner to get home.
A solo home run from Jung Hoon in the fifth inning gave the team a 2-0 lead.
Straily Records 11 Strikeouts In Winning Performance
The Dinos scored their first run in the sixth, as a hit from Aaron Altherr brought a runner home. The run was the only one allowed by pitcher Dan Straily.
Giants starter Straily had an impressive showing on the mound, recording 11 strikeouts in his six-inning performance. Straily continues to lead the league in strikeouts, having recorded 196 in 2020 so far.
Being given the win for the game, Straily’s 2020 record is now 14-4. He has not lost since August 18th.
Giants Pour-On Scoring Against Dinos
The Giants scored heavily against reliving pitchers from the Dinos. The team put down three more runs in the seventh inning after home runs from Jeon Jun-woo and Lee Dae-ho.
Hits from Son Ah-seop and Jung Hoon in the next inning scored three more runs, making the game 8-1.
Dinos player Park Min-woo hit a solo home run in the eighth against reliever Ko Hyo-jun.
The final run in the game came in the ninth, as Giants player Lee Byung-kyu hit a home run.
Giants To Play Make-Up Games Next Week
The Giants have an odd schedule next week as they make up for cancelled games earlier in the week.
The team will start their week on Tuesday with one game against the Doosan Bears. They will then play three games against the SK Wyverns. The team will finish their week with one game against the Bears and the KT Wiz.
Around The KBO
A grand slam in the sixth inning from Kang Min-ho put the Samsung Lions ahead, eventually leading them to a 5-4 win over the Hanhwa Eagles.
Pitching eight scoreless innings, Yang Hyun-jong helped lead the Kia Tigers to a 4-0 win over the LG Twins.
The KT Wiz took their series two-games-to-one over the SK Wyverns on Sunday after a 7-5 win.
After getting ahead by seven runs in the first four innings, the Doosan Bears cruised to a 8-2 win against the Kiwoom Heroes.