Sampson Gets First Win Since Return For Giants, Defeating Bears

The Lotte Giants tied up their series with the Bears this week following a 7-3 win on Wednesday. The victory was the final game at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea for the week, as the Giants will head to Seoul for their next two games against the Bears.

A huge factor in the game was pitching from the Giants early on.

Giants starter Adrian Sampson had a successful outing, earning the win after keeping the Bears hitless through six innings. The win was a major bounce back for Sampson, who had given up six runs in two innings against the NC Dinos in his previous appearance.

Giants Earn Five-Run Lead

The first run for the Giants came in the fourth, as a sacrifice fly from Lee Dae-ho took home Jung Hoon.

The scoring continued an inning later, as hits from An Chi-hong, Jung and Jeon Jun-woo took the game to a 5-0 score.

The Bears were able to score three runs late in the game against relievers. In the seventh inning, a run batted in by Kim Jae-ho was scored against reliever Han Seung-hyuk.

Two runs came against reliever Koo Seung-min after Park Kun-woo hit a two-run home run.

Late Runs For Giants And A Loss For Lee

Insurance runs from the Giants came in the seventh and eighth inning to move the game to it’s final score of 7-3. In the seventh, a wild pitch from starter Lee Young-ha allowed Jung Bo-geun to get home.

Lee was pulled from the game after that at-bat, being given his eighth loss of the season for the performance. With a 3-8 2020 record, Lee’s season continues to be a rough one compared to his previous years which saw 17-4 and 10-3 records.

In the eighth inning a hit from An Chi-hong drove home Han Dong-hee. The play came against Choi Se-chang, who had been brought in during the inning before.

Bears Head Home, Giants Follow

After winning a game each in Busan, the Bears will host the Giants for two games on Thursday and Friday. The first pitch for Thursday’s game is set for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

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Holding on to an early six-run lead the KT Wiz defeated the Samsung Lions 6-4.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Kiwoom Heroes defeated the NC Dinos on Wednesday, winning 6-4.

Along with a strong performance from pitcher Casey Kelly, the hot bats from the LG Twins gave them a 10-1 win over the Kia Tigers.

In a game that saw six home runs from the SK Wyverns, the team won with a whopping 26-6 score over the Hanhwa Eagles.

Bears Give Straily Highest Personal Single-Game ERA of 2020, Defeating Giants

The Doosan Bears started their week with a dominant performance over the Lotte Giants on Tuesday, winning 9-2. The game continued the homestand for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The win saw the Bears get ahead early with runs, scoring six runs against starter Dan Straily.

Straily’s four-inning performance saw him record his highest ERA in a 2020 appearance, finishing with an ERA of 13.50. The loss moved Straily’s 2020 record to 7-5.

The game was played without a live crowd, as spiking COVID-19 cases in South Korea have caused the majority of KBO teams to not allow audiences for the time being.

Bears Score Early

In the first inning, a hit from Kim Jae-hwan took home Jose Miguel Fernandez, who had scored a hit to get on base earlier in the inning.

Scoring picked up in the second starting with an error, as a missed throw to first base from Straily allowed runner Kim Jae-ho to score. Later in the inning, hits from Fernandez and Oh Jae-il made the game 4-0.

Scoring a fifth run for the Bears, Jung Soo-bin drove home a runner in the third inning.

In the final inning from Giants starter Straily, he allowed a sixth run, as Kim Jae-hwan drove home his second run of the game.

Choi Remains Undefeated

The Giants were able to score two runs in the game, with both coming against starting pitcher Choi Won-joon. The first was in the fourth inning, with a ground ball allowing Jung Hoon to get home. In the sixth, the last inning that saw Choi on the mound, a solo home run from Son Ah-seop gave them their second run.

Choi earned the win for his six-inning outing, keeping his 2020 record at an undefeated 7-0. Choi’s record is the second-highest undefeated record in the KBO this year, trailing NC Dinos pitcher Koo Chang-mo’s 9-0 record.

Insurance Runs Come In For Bears

Tacking onto their lead, the Bears scored three runs through the sixth and seventh. The run in the sixth came against Kim Dae-woo, a reliever who pitched in the fifth as well. The run was driven in by Choi Joo-hwan.

Two more runs came in the seventh inning for the Bears. The first came off of an error, as a ball passed third base, allowing Hur Kyoung-min to score. Reliever Lee In-bok was pulled from the game shortly after, with Kim Geon-guk replacing him. A hit from Fernandez drove home another run, which was scored against Lee. The final two innings of the game went scoreless.

Bears Take First Game of Four-Game

The Bears are set to play three more games this week versus the Giants, with the latter half at the home park of the Bears in Seoul. The Giants will host one more game this week, with Wednesday’s game starting at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

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In a series between the top two teams in the KBO currently, the NC Dinos defeated the Kiwoom Heroes 5-1. The win moved the Dinos up to being one-and-a-half games ahead of the Heroes in the KBO standings.

Scoring six runs against starter Kim Min-woo, the SK Wyverns got ahead early and went on to beat the Hanhwa Eagles 9-3.

After being scoreless for five innings, the KT Wiz scored six runs in the final four innings of their game, winning over the Samsung Lions 6-3.

Winning in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning, Kim Hyun-soo hit a solo home run to give the LG Twins a 6-5 win against the Kia Tigers.

Giants Drop To Seventh In The KBO After Losing Series To Heroes

The Lotte Giants lost 6-3 on Sunday to the Kiwoom Heroes, dropping the team down to seventh in the KBO standings. The game, which took place at the home field for the Giants, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea, won the series for the Heroes after being tied at a game each following Saturday.

The game went back-and-forth early, with the Heroes taking the lead for good in the sixth inning.

3-3 Through Four

The Heroes got on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning as Giants starter Seo Jun-won struggled. The run was the result of a runner being forced to score due to a walk on loaded bases.

The Giants took the lead for a short period of time in the game when they scored three runs in the third inning. After a sacrifice fly ball from Lee Dae-ho drove home a run, a single from Han Dong-hee took in two more runs.

The game was tied up in the fourth after Heroes player Park Joon-tae hit a two-run home run. Giants starter Seo was pulled in the next inning.

Home Run Puts Heroes Ahead

The deciding run for the Heroes came in the sixth inning, as a hit from pinch hitter Song Woo-hyun brought a runner home. Another run was driven in by Seo Keon-chang later in the inning as well.

The runs came against reliever Jang Won-sam, giving the 37-year-old his third loss of the season. Jang has yet to record a win or save in the 2020 season through seven appearances.

The final run of the game came in the seventh inning, as a wild pitch from Giants reliever Park Jin-hyung allowed Jeon Byung-woo to get home.

Heo Gets Struck In Head

Later in his appearance, Park hit batter Heo Jeong-hyeop in the head with a pitch. Being able to leave the play under his own power, Heo was replaced by Park Jeong-eum for the rest of the game.

Giants Look To Week Against Bears

The Giants are set to play six games against the Bears next week, with the first half of the week at home. The team has played the team six times before, currently tied 3-3 in 2020.

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A fast and low-scoring game went to the Hanhwa Eagles, who defeated the Samsung Lions 3-2 due to scoring plays from Oh Sun-jin and Kang Kyung-hak in the second inning.

Scoring four runs in the first two innings, the KT Wiz bounced back from a loss, defeating the Doosan Bears 4-1.

Sweeping their series, the LG Twins picked up a 6-5 win over the NC Dinos on Sunday. The win was the fifth-straight for the Twins.

After getting eight runs in the first three innings, the Kia Tigers were able to coast to a 8-5 victory over the SK Wyverns. The win gave the Tigers a sweep in the series.


Heroes Bounce Back From Friday With Low-Scoring Win Over Giants

The Kiwoom Heroes bounced back from a Friday loss on Saturday, defeating the Lotte Giants 3-1. The game saw the Heroes get ahead early with runs over Giants starter Noh Kyung-eun. The win tied up the series hosted by the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The win for the Heroes took place on Liberation Day, a national holiday in South Korea.

Heroes Take The Lead

Early runs were proven to be enough for the Heroes, as the team held onto a lead following scoring plays in the second and third innings.

The Heroes scored their first two runs in the second inning, as hits from Heo Jeong-yeop and Lee Ji-young scored runs. An inning later, Kim Woong-bin scored the third run for the team.

Starters Given Decisions

The runs came against starter Noh Kyung-eun, who was given the loss for his six-inning performance. The veteran pitcher got his 2020 record evened at 4-4, being given his first loss since mid-June.

On the other side, Heroes starter Lee Seung-ho got a win for his 100-pitch and near eight-inning shutout performance. Allowing only five hits and one walk, Lee got his second consecutive win, making his 2020 record 4-4.

Lee Allows A Run, Gets 20th Save

The Giants had a late push against Heroes reliever Jo Sang-woo, loading up the bases and even scoring a run before the game ended. The sole run was a ground ball by Min Byung-hun. The play and the run coming in was kept alive by Dixon Machado, who survived a rundown between first and second base to avoid the third out and keep the inning alive. Jo finished the inning in the next at-bat by striking out Heo Il.

While the ninth-inning performance from reliever Jo allowed a run, he was given his 20th save of the season, the most by any KBO pitcher in 2020 so far.

Giants Remain In Sixth

The Giants retained their sixth-place spot in the KBO on Saturday despite a loss that moved their record to 40-37-1. The trailing team, the KT Wiz who have a record of 41-38-1, also lost their Saturday game, stopping them from overtaking the Giants.

The tiebreaking game between the Giants and Heroes will happen tomorrow, with the first pitch at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Scoring numerous runs early, the Kia Tigers won their Saturday game 10-3 over the SK Wyverns.

After eight scoreless innings, a two-run home run in the ninth by Kim Dong-yeop gave the Samsung Lions a 2-0 win over the Hanhwa Eagles.

After scoring 10 runs in the first three innings, the LG Twins were able to glide to a 13-4 win over the NC Dinos.

In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the Doosan Bears were trailing the KT Wiz by one run. Giving them a walk-off win, Kuk Hae-sung hit a three-run home run that gave the team a 7-5 win.


Giants Retain Sixth In KBO Following Win Against Heroes

The Lotte Giants opened their series against the Kiwoom Heroes on Friday with a win, scoring runs against starter Yang Hyun to win the game 5-1. The win was the third in the week for the Giants, who continued their home stretch at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The win was a quick bounce back from their Thursday loss to the NC Dinos which ended a previous six-game winning streak. A strong defensive perfromance from the Giants prevented the Heroes from scoring more than a run, meaning that early runs from the Giants were enough to secure a victory.

Giants Score, Taking Yang Out of Game

The Giants scored their first runs in the third inning over starter Yang Hyun. After hits from Son Ah-seop and Jeon Jun-woo both drove home a run, Yang was pulled from the game by the Heroes.

Despite playing a short 41-pitch appearance, Yang was given the loss for the game. Being the reliever’s first time as a starter this year, Yang’s 2020 record moved to 6-3.

Before the inning ended, Giants player Han Dong-hee batted home a third run against reliever Kim Jae-woong.

Two more runs came in the fifth innings for the Giants, as a hit from Dixon Machado and a sacrifice fly from Min Byung-hun scored runs. The runs came against reliever Kim Sung-min, who has an 11.57 ERA through 10 appearances in 2020.

Heroes Get One on Park, Park Gets Win

The Heroes were able to score one run in the game, earning it against starter Park Se-woong in the sixth inning. A hit from Lee Jung-hoo scored a run, taking Seo Keong-chang around from second base. Park was pulled from the game, with his five-and-one-third innings of work earning him his sixth win of the season.

Giants In Fragile Spot

The Giants sit sixth in the KBO currently with a 40-36-1 record. A singular win or loss could potentially move them in the standings currently. Below them is the 41-37-1 KT Wiz, with the Kia Tigers above them with a 42-37 record.

The Heroes will play two more games against the Giants this week, with Saturday’s game set for 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

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A dominating performance from the Samsung Lions saw them win 10-1 against the Hanhwa Eagles.

Being down by three runs, the Kia Tigers had a rally in the bottom of the ninth to battle back versus the SK Wvyerns. A walk-off three-run home run from Na Ji-wan gave the Tigers the game, winning 7-6.

The LG Twins defeated the top-ranked NC Dinos, having rallies of runs against pitchers Mike Wright, Moon Kyung-chan and Kim Jin-sung to win 10-4.

Needing extra innings to find a winner, a deciding run driven in by Bae Jeong-dae earned the KT Wiz a 5-3 win against the Doosan Bears.

Dinos Break Six-Game Winning Streak of Giants, Scoring Against Returning Sampson

The NC Dinos picked up a 9-2 win over the Lotte Giants on Thursday, ending the six-game winning streak that the Giants had carried throughout the month of August. The win was the last of the two-game series hosted by the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

Sampson Has Rough Return

The game saw Giants starter Adrian Sampson have a rough return to the mound, being taken out in the second inning after giving up six runs. Sampson’s previous game was on July 21st, where he was abruptly pulled in the fourth inning after landing awkwardly on his left leg.

The game, which was his seventh loss of the season, moved his ERA up to 7.20, the highest in the KBO for any pitcher who has pitched 50 or more innings.

Dinos Get Ahead By Six Early

Three separate hits scored the Dinos runs in the first inning. Yang Eui-ji, Park Suk-min and No Jin-hyuk all got an RBI each from hits that drove home runs.

Before being pulled in the second inning, Sampson gave up a three-run home run to Na Sung-bum that moved the score to 6-0.

The Giants got on the board in the fourth inning, as a hit from Min Byung-hun scored two runs. The team did not score any more runs in the game.

The Dinos tacked on extra runs later in the game although in retrospect they were not needed. In an inning that could have been much worse for the Giants, only one run scored in the sixth inning. With bases loaded, runner Ji Suk-hoon got home as the Giants infield got a double play. The team attemped a triple play, although Aaron Altherr was safe at first base.

The play came against reliever Lee In-bok, although the run was scored against Jang Won-sam, as he was in the inning for the batters before.

The two final runs of the game came in the eighth inning, as Yang Eui-ji scored two more RBIs off of a hit against Han Seung-hyuk.

Shin Gets First KBO Win

21-year-old Dinos pitcher Shin Min-hyuk had his first career KBO start in the game, pitching seven innings for the win. The rookie’s two previous KBO appearances were shorter, playing less than three innings in each.

Giants Remain In Sixth Ahead of Series Versus Heroes

The Giants continue to sit in a volatile spot in the KBO standings that could up or down due to one day of play. The team sits sixth with a 39-36-1 record, just barely above the 40-37-1 KT Wiz who trail.

The Giants will play the second half of their week against the Kiwoom Heroes, with the first game starting on Friday at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Getting ahead in the first half of the game with three runs, the LG Twins held on for a 4-2 win over the Kia Tigers.

Getting his second win of the year, Jake Brigham pitched six innings for the Kiwoom Heroes, who defeated the Hanhwa Eagles 6-3.

Early runs from the Samsung Lions including a two-run home run from Koo Ja-wook helped the team win 3-2 over the Doosan Bears.

A high-scoring game saw the SK Wyverns score eight runs in the first two innings. The team held onto their lead for the rest of the game, defeating the KT Wiz 10-6.

Giants Move To Six Consecutive Wins Following Game Against Dinos

The Lotte Giants moved their winning streak to six-straight games on Wednesday, defeating the top-ranked NC Dinos 8-4. The game was the first of the week for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea, as Tuesday’s game was rained out.

The win for the Giants saw the team get a rare victory over Dinos starter Drew Rucinski, a starter who had only lost once before his game on Wednesday. While the Dinos scored four runs in the game, it was a sixth-inning grand slam from the Giants that took the game out of reach.

Dinos Earn Two-Run Lead

The Dinos were first to score, taking home two runs in the first inning. The first was scored by Aaron Altherr, who drove home Lee Myung-gi off of a hit. Two at-bats later, a ground ball from Park Suk-min allowed Na Sung-bum to get home.

Giants Get Eight

The Giants started to score in the third, with a hit from Son Ah-seop taking home two runners. The team took the lead in the fifth, as a hit from Jeon Jun-woo scored two more runs.

Insurance runs came late in the appearance of starter Drew Rucinski, as a grand slam was hit by Kim Joon-tae in the sixth inning made the game 8-2. The home run was only his second of the season, with his first being hit only two games before.

The Dinos had some scoring late in the game, as two runs were earned against reliever Kim Geon-guk. After a hit from Lee Myung-gi scored two runners, Kim was able to finish the inning.

Starters Given Win And Loss

Rucinski was pulled from the game after giving up a home run to Kim. The game was his second loss of the season, moving his record to 11-2. His last loss came in early June, dropping a game to the Doosan Bears.

Giants starter Dan Straily played six innings, giving up six hits and two runs in his stint. Being given the win for the game, Straily got his seventh win of the season. While Straily only earned five strikeouts in his appearance, he continues to lead the KBO in 2020 strikeouts with 116 in total.

Giants Overtake Wiz For Sixth

The six-game streak of wins for the Giants has been a big one for the team, moving them up the KBO rankings and taking them to a positive record of 39-35. With their Wednesday win the Giants moved up to sixth in the KBO, overtaking the KT Wiz who have a 40-36 record.

The team could continue to move up the rankings if their streak continues, as they now sit only half-a-game behind the fifth-place Kia Tigers.

Before the Giants start a series with the Kiwoom Heroes on Friday, they will play another game against the Dinos on Thursday, with the first pitch being scheduled for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

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A shutout performance for the LG Twins was lead by starter Lim Chan-gyu on Wednesday, as the team defeated the Kia Tigers 8-0.

Going into the 10th inning, the Kiwoom Heroes got a walk-off win after Lee Jung-hoo hit a solo home run to give the team a 3-2 win against the Hanhwa Eagles.

Early scoring from the SK Wyverns including a three-run home run from Choi Jeong that took the game out of reach for the KT Wiz, who lost 11-2.

It was a rough night for Samsung Lions starter Choi Chae-heung, who gave up 11 runs in his five-inning appearance against the Doosan Bears. The Bears won the high-scoring game 15-8.

Giants Starter Noh Earns First Shutout Win of 2020, Defeating Tigers By Eight

The Lotte Giants finished their week with a shutout 8-0 win over the Kia Tigers on Sunday. The win saw the team have two heavy-hitting innings, including one where six runs were scored. The win was the second-in-a-row for the team at their home field, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

Noh Has Best 2020 Appearance

The win gave starting pitcher Noh Kyung-eun his best performance of the year. Playing seven innings, something that he had only done once before in the season, Noh allowed zero runs in his performance for the first time in 2020. The veteran pitcher lowered his ERA to a 5.12 on the season following the win, which moved his 2020 record to 4-3.

Giants Earn Eight

The Giants gained a lead early, scoring two runs in the third inning. The runs came off of a hit from Lee Dae-ho, who took home Son Ah-seop and Jung Hoon.

A nightmarish fifth inning for the Tigers moved the Giants to a comfortable eight-run lead. Starting Tigers pitcher Drew Gagnon started the inning but was pulled after facing five batters, giving up two runs in the process.

With reliever Ko Young-chang coming in, the Giants scored four more runs off of four separate at-bats. After 11 batters, the Tigers ended the inning with an 8-0 score.

Gagnon was given the loss for his starting performance, making it his first loss since late May. Gagnon’s 2020 record is currently 6-4.

Giants End Homestand as Tigers Open Their Own

The Giants finished the week of play seventh in the KBO, evening their record at 35-35. They will resume play on Tuesday, starting a three-game series against the SK Wyverns, who they’ve went 3-3 against this season. On the weekend, the Giants will head to Seoul to face the 2019 KBO Champions, the Doosan Bears.

The Tigers will spend their next week at home in Gwangju, playing a three-game series against the LG Twins and the NC Dinos each. The series versus the Twins is an important one for the Tigers, as it gives them a chance to pass the team for fourth in the KBO. As it stands currently, the Twins are half-a-game ahead of the Tigers.

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A tie was broken in the 10th inning, as Kiwoom Heroes player Lee Jung-hoo batted in two runs to give the team a 4-2 win against the Samsung Lions.

Going into extra innings for the second-straight game, the Doosan Bears scored three runs in the 12th inning to defeat the NC Dinos 7-4.

Monday Games

Two rained out games on Sunday have been moved to Monday. The Hanhwa Eagles will face the LG Twins, and the SK Wyverns will battle with the KT Wiz while the rest of the KBO observes an off-day. Forecasts predict that rain could also intervene with play on Monday.



Giants Move Into Seventh In The KBO Following Win Over Tigers

The Lotte Giants took a 7-3 win on Saturday over the Kia Tigers, continuing to score after the teams traded runs early on. The game tied up the Giants home series being played at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The win was the first for the Giants since the KBO started to allow live crowds last Sunday.

Giants and Tigers Take Turns

The Giants and Tigers traded blows in the early innings, going tit-for-tat in the opening two innings.

Both teams scored runs in the first inning. First was the away Tigers who scored after Preston Tucker drove home a run off of a hit. Leadoff batter Jung Hoon tied the game back up, hitting a solo home run to start the bottom of the first.

The Twins got ahead again in the second after a hit from Na Joo-hwan drove home a run. Persisting to keep the game close, a sacrifice fly from Giants player Shin Bon-gi tied the game up again later in the inning.

Giants Pull Ahead

A ball hit by Jeon Jun-woo bounced off the top of first-baseman Yoo Min-sang’s glove, going into right field. Ruled as a hit, the play drove home two runs for the Giants and made the game 4-2. The Tigers had trouble in the inning after as well, loading up the bases before ending the frame with a double play.

Another run was tallied for the Giants in the fifth after a throw over the glove of a first baseman allowed Jeon Jun-woo to get around to home.

Tigers starter Im Ki-young finished play after five innings, being given the loss for the runs that he gave up.

The first reliever to come in for the Tigers continued their troubles, as Moon Kyung-chan gave up a two-run home run from Son Ah-seop before getting the third out.

Giants Pitchers Given Decision

Pitching six innings, Giants starter Park Se-woong was given the win for the game. The decision moved Park to an even 5-5 2020 record, also balancing his ERA at 5.00.

A closing performance from Kim Won-joong earned him his 12th save of the season. The closer sits third in the KBO for most 2020 saves.

Game Causes Movement In Standings

Following their win on Saturday, the Giants moved up to seventh in the KBO. With a 34-35 record, the team surpassed the 35-37 Samsung Lions who lost their respective game on Saturday. The Tigers fell to fifth in the KBO, being overtaken by the LG Twins.

The Giants will host the Tigers one last time this week, with Sunday’s game starting at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

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The KT Wiz won a shutout 11-0 game on Saturday against the SK Wyverns. The game gave So Hyeong-jun his first win in just under two months after being given four losses in his last six appearances.

A 8-8 game between the Doosan Bears and the NC Dinos went into extra innings, finishing with a 12-10 score in favour of the Bears. The Bears scored four at the top of the 10th, holding onto their lead despite giving up two runs after.

Finishing their game with a 15-run lead, the Kiwoom Heroes defeated the Samsung Lions 22-7. The Heroes will look for their sixth-consecutive win on Sunday in a streak which has shot them into second in the KBO.

The LG Twins got ahead early, scoring six runs in the first inning against Hanhwa Eagles starter Warwick Saupold. The Twins won the game 9-6 in the end.

Brooks Leads Tigers To Win Over Giants

The Lotte Giants lost a low-scoring 3-2 game against the Kia Tigers on Friday, bringing the team back to play after two rained out games earlier in the week at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The game saw two of the biggest pitchers from both franchises, as Aaron Brooks and Dan Straily battled.

Tigers starter Brooks had a marathon outing, pitching eight innings and throwing 105 pitches. Being given the win for the game, his 2020 record moved to 6-3.

Tigers Score Their Runs

The first run came early for the Tigers, as a double from Choi Hyun-woo drove home Lee Chang-jin, who was walked in his respective at-bat earlier.

Late in the performance of starting pitcher Straily, the Tigers were able to get two more runs on the board. A hit from Han Seung-taek scored two more runs, taking the game to a 3-0 score.

Giants Score, But Not Enough

The Giants answered back late in the game, although the team wasn’t able to muster up enough runs to tie up the game. First, a run came in during the seventh inning. A fielder’s choice against An Chi-hong took home Han Dong-hee, who scored a double earlier in the inning.

Tigers closer Jeon Sang-hyun had some trouble, facing six batters before ending the ninth inning. The third of the pack was Dixon Machado, who drove home Kim Dong-han to tighten the score to 3-2.

The Giants are scheduled to host two more games against the Tigers this weekend, with Saturday’s first pitch scheduled for 6:00PM KST (5:00AM EDT). Unlike the series against the Bears, it does not look like rain will prevent play.

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Hanhwa Eagles starter Jang Shi-hwan had a good game, pitching seven innings while only allowing one hit. His performance helped give the Eagles a close 2-1 win over the LG Twins.

The KT Wiz had trouble on Friday, as starter William Cuevas was pulled in the third inning due to dehydration. Despite the need for relievers early, the Wiz picked up a relatively easy win, defeating the SK Wyverns 11-1.

A fair lead topped off by a five-run ninth inning helped give the Kiwoom Heroes a 10-3 win against the Samsung Lions. Heroes newcomer Addison Russel had a strong game, earning two RBIs.

The NC Dinos had a late comeback against the Doosan Bears, putting on a six-run rally in the eighth to move to a 10-7 final score. With the loss, the Bears dropped to third in the KBO, giving the spot up to the Heroes.