Large Seventh Inning Gives Giants Second-Straight Win Over Heroes

A high-scoring seventh inning gave the Lotte Giants an 8-2 win over the Kiwoom Heroes on Wednesday. The game was the last between the teams in 2020, hosted by the Heroes at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

Explosive Seventh Inning For Giants

The team gained their lead in the seventh inning, as a performance over numerous relieving pitchers saw them put together runs.

Hits from Kim Joon-tae, Son Ah-seop, Jeon Jun-woo, Lee Dae-ho and Lee Byung-kyu, along with a sacrifice fly from Jung Hoon brought in the seven runs.

The first of the four pitchers to appear in the inning was Lee Young-joon, who had two runs scored against him. Kim Sang-su allowed the next two, giving the game loss to him.

Wyverns Score Early, Win Goes To Kim

The runs for the Wyverns came early in the game, not being able to score again once the Giants started putting down runs later.

The Wyverns struck first, as Kim Hye-sung hit home a run in the second inning. The team furthered their lead in the fifth inning after a ground ball from Kim Ha-seong allowed a runner to get home.

Giants starter Dan Straily was pulled after the fifth inning. The no-decision for Straily saw him earn five strikeouts, taking his 2020 total to a league-leading 152.

The win for the game went to Kim Geon-guk, who had a scoreless stint from the sixth to seventh innings.

The final run for the Giants came in the ninth inning, as a hit from Min Byung-hun drove home a runner.

Giants Block Heroes From First Place

Sweeping their two-game series, the Giants are now one-and-a-half games behind the sixth-place Kia Tigers. Their wins also stopped the momentum of the Kiwoom Heroes, who are now one-game behind the top-ranked NC Dinos.

Giants To Face Twins Next

The Giants will start a two-game series against the LG Twins on Thursday. The first pitch for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

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Putting down eight runs in the first two innings, the LG Twins won 11-5 over the Hanhwa Eagles on Wednesday. The game saw the team bounce back after an upset loss the day before.

A solo home run from No Jin-hyuk gave the NC Dinos the lead in the sixth inning. The team defeated the Doosan Bears 5-3 in the end.

A high-scoring game saw the KT Wiz defeat the Samsung Lions 11-6.

A three-run rally late from the SK Wyverns gave them a win, picking up a 7-6 victory against the Kia Tigers.

Giants Put Down Six Runs Against Heroes Starter Kim Jae-woong To Win

The Lotte Giants started their four-game stretch on the road with a win, defeating the Kiwoom Heroes 8-5 on Tuesday. The win was their seventh against the Heroes this year, kicking off a two-game series from the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

The win saw the Giants get ahead by six runs in the first two innings, earning the team a lead that the Heroes could not overtake. The six runs came against Kim Jae-woong, the starting pitcher for the Heroes in the game.

The short but also damaging performance from Kim gave him his third loss of 2020, moving his record to 0-3. The game was his sixth start of the season, with his 30 other appearances coming as a reliever.

Giants Score Six

The first run for the Giants came early, as a hit in the first inning from Jeon Jun-woo scored a run.

The five-run rally in the second started with a hit from Kim Joon-tae into left field scoring a run. In the next at-bat, An Chi-hong took home two more with a hit into the outfield.

The scoring in the inning finished with a bang, as Jung Hoon hit a two-run home run to make the game 6-0. Jung moved his tally of 2020 RBIs to 45 with the play.

Heroes Score Runs Against Kim, Who Wins Game

The Heroes started to score in the third inning. Loading up the bases, Noh Kyung-eun walked home a run.

After Park Joon-tae drove home a run in the fourth inning, Noh was pulled from the game. Reliever Kim Geon-guk took his place, completing the inning.

While Kim was still on the mound an inning later, a ground ball from Addison Russell allowed a runner to get home, making the game 6-3.

Continuing through to the end of the fifth inning, Kim’s performance was enough to be given the win on the mound. The win was his second of the year through 18 performances.

Late Runs From Both Teams

The Giants got back on the board in the sixth, scoring two more runs to extend their lead. Kim and An picked up more RBIs in the game in the inning. After a sacrifice fly from Kim drove home a runner, a hit into the outfield from An allowed Dixon Machado to hustle from second base to home.

Late runs for the Heroes came in the eighth, as the team put down two runs. A double from Park Joon-tae scored the first run, driving home a runner who was on first base. A hit from Kim Ha-seong scored Park to make the game 8-5.

Earning his 16th save of the season, Giants player Kim Won-joong pitched the ninth inning for the team.

Wednesday To Be Final Giants-Heroes 2020 Meeting

The Heroes will host the Giants one more time, with the teams set to play at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT) on Wednesday. The matchup will be the last between the teams in the 2020 season.

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Getting ahead early with three runs, the Doosan Bears kept their lead to defeat the NC Dinos 7-3.

In a pitching performance lead by David Buchanan, the Samsung Lions picked up a shutout 7-0 win over the KT Wiz.

Scoring numerous runs including an eight-run rally in the fourth inning, the SK Wyverns won 16-1 against the Kia Tigers on Tuesday.

A tied game ended in unusual fashion, as Jung Jin-ho getting hit by a pitch in the 10th inning forced a run home, giving the Hanhwa Eagles an upset 6-5 win against the LG Twins.

Heroes Battle Back Late To Earn Win Over Giants

The Kiwoom Heroes climbed back in the final three innings of a game versus the Lotte Giants on Friday, regaining a lead to win 8-4. The win, which was the second-straight for the Heroes in the series, came at the home field of the Giants, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The game was a close one that didn’t see the Heroes take the lead until the eighth inning. Their scoring innings before saw them catching up to the Giants.

Teams Tied Through Four

The Giants took a lead in the first inning after a hit from Lee Dae-ho drove home a runner.

The Wyverns answered back in the second, tying the game up after a solo home run from Kim Woong-bin. Responding later in the inning was Dixon Machado, who put the Giants ahead again with a solo home run of his own.

Tying it up yet again, baserunner Byeon Sang-kwon got home for the Wyverns in the third inning after a passed ball.

Giants starter Seo Jun-won was taken out of the game following the third inning.

Giants Take Two-Run Lead

Before the Wyverns took back the game for good, the Giants gained a lead in the fifth inning. After Jeon Jun-woo hit a two-run home run, the Giants moved to a 4-2 lead.

Heroes starter Yoon Jung-hyun was taken out of play later in the inning.

Heroes Have Three-Inning Rally To Win

The first of three innings that went strictly the way of the Wyverns was the seventh inning. After Choi Jun-yong allowed two runners on base, a sacrifice fly from Seo Keon-chang and a hit from Kim Hye-sung against reliever Koo Seung-min tied the game up.

With Koo still in the game in the eighth, a hit from Jeon Byung-woo took home a run that gave the Wyverns the lead. Koo allowed Jeon Byung-woo to get on base, a runner who was driven home by Kim Woong-bin once another reliever, Kim Dae-woo, took the mound.

Koo was given the loss for the game, making his 2020 record 4-1.

Furthering the game to its final score of 8-4, Kim Ha-seong hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning for the Heroes. The run came against Lee In-bok, who was taken out later in the inning for Oh Hyun-taek.

As Giants Drop, Heroes See Potential To Take First

The game was an important one for both teams in the standings.

After success earlier in August saw the Giants climb from eighth in the KBO to sixth, the team has now dropped down to seventh. With a 45-43-1 record, the Giants were overtaken on Friday by the Kia Tigers, who won their Friday game to make their record 47-44.

The Heroes could potentially take first place in the KBO this weekend, as the team’s win on Friday put them only half-a-game behind the first-place NC Dinos.

Giants To Wrap Up Week Against Eagles

The Heroes will head back home for their final two games of the week, hosting a small two-game series against the Samsung Lions.

Finishing off their week-long homestretch, the Giants will play a series on Saturday and Sunday against the Hanhwa Eagles.

The first pitch for Saturday’s games is set for 6:00PM KST (5:00AM EDT).

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Scoring six runs against NC Dinos starter Kim Jin-ho, the Doosan Bears were able to finish with an 11-4 score on Friday.

While the SK Wyverns were able to have a seven-run rally in the eighth inning, the team couldn’t catch up to the lead the Kia Tigers had before, allowing them to win 11-8.

A tied 5-5 game went into extra innings to find a winner, with a sacrifice fly from Jang Joon-won being the reason the deciding run came in for the LG Twins, who won against the KT Wiz.

A game between the Samsung Lions and the hosting Hanhwa Eagles was rained out.


Heroes Score Eight Runs Against Noh To Defeat Giants

A high-scoring game went to the Kiwoom Heroes on Thursday, defeating the hosting Lotte Giants 11-6. The game saw a close score lead by the Heroes early, with the team pulling ahead for good in the fourth inning.

The loss for the Giants continued their week-long homestretch of games from the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

Teams Exchange Runs For First Third of The Game

The Heroes were able to maintain a one-run lead through the early innings, as they got ahead early in the first inning with a solo home run from Kim Ha-seong.

In the next inning, Byeon Sang-kwon drove home the second run for the Wyverns. Later in the second inning, Giants player Kim Joon-tae got a hit, allowing a runner to get home and make the game 2-1.

In the third inning, Addison Russell picked up an RBI after taking in a runner off of a hit. Answering back again for the Giants, Heo Il drove home a runner in the third inning.

Heroes Take Game Out of Reach

The biggest inning in the game for the Heroes was the fourth, scoring five runs to pull ahead to a lead that the Giants never came close to overtaking. The rally of at-bats saw the entire lineup come to the plate for the Heroes. Scoring two runs each off of hits was Byeon Sang-kwon and Russell, with Kim Ha-seong batting in a run as well. The team had an 8-2 lead following the top of the fourth inning.

Shortening the lead, Giants player Son Ah-seop picked up an RBI later in the inning.

Noh Given Fifth Loss In 2020

An inning later, Giants starter Noh Kyung-eun was taken out of play. Being given his fifth loss of the season, Noh’s record moved to 4-5.

The win for the game went to Im Gyu-bin, who appeared in the third and fourth inning for the Heroes. Kim Tae-hoon pitched the first two innings, although he had a short stint as the pitcher usually plays in a reliever position.

Heroes Put Down Insurance Runs

The Heroes further moved their lead in the seventh inning after solo home runs from Heo Jeong-hyeop and Jeon Byung-woo. The runs came against Oh Hyun-taek, who was taken out of the game before the end of the inning.

The team was able to tack their last run down in the ninth, as Kim Gyu-min batted in a runner.

Late Runs Not Enough For Giants

A late push of runs came from the Giants in the ninth inning, although it was not enough to make the game close. Hits from Shin Yong-su and An Chi-hong scored three runs, making the game 11-6. Playing the entire inning, closer Park Seung-joo was able to survive past the runs and finish the inning with a strikeout.

Giants Risk Dropping Below Tigers

While they did not lose their sixth-place KBO spot on Thursday, the Giants sit only half-a-game ahead of the Kia Tigers, who have a record of 46-44.

The Giants will host the Heroes one more time this week before kicking off a two-game series against the Hanhwa Eagles. Friday’s game is scheduled for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

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The LG Twins won a shutout 2-0 game over the KT Wiz lead by starting pitcher Kim Yun-sik, who allowed only two hits through six innings.

In his longest appearance of the year, starter Chad Bell pitched seven scoreless innings for the Hanwha Eagles, who defeated the Samsung Lions 7-0.

The SK Wyverns earned a win on Thursday, defeating the Kia Tigers 10-4.

Scoring four runs in the first inning, the NC Dinos got ahead early and maintained their success to the end, defeating the Doosan Bears 8-2.

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).

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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.

Heroes Welcome Back Fans With Landslide Victory Over Giants

The Kiwoom Heroes coasted to an 8-1 victory over the Lotte Giants on Sunday, stopping the Giants from getting a sweep in the three-game series. The win saw an early rally put the Heroes ahead by five, allowing the team to coast for the rest of the game.

Crowds, Albeit Small, Are Back

Sunday was the first day of the season which saw a live audience at KBO games, as a small crowd was accepted into the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. The heavily spaced out crowd left the majority of the seats in the stadium vacant.

For the first time this year, cheers and chants done by the MC and cheerleaders at KBO games were met with claps. A small, spaced out amount, but an audible change nonetheless. The rules around current COVID-19 etiquette at the stadium prevented fans from belting out their team’s chant songs for now.

Heroes Get Five Off of Seo

The first inning was a troubling one for Giants starter Seo Jun-won, who gave up five runs in the time period.

Park Byung-ho brought home the first run, getting a hit that scored Kim Hye-sung. The second run came off the bat of Park Dong-won, although a call at third jeopardized the play.

The rally was threatened early on, as a supposed third out against Park Byung-ho at third base was called. After the umpires deliberated about the puzzling play on third base, it was decided he was in fact safe, validating the run scored in the play and continuing the inning.

The runs continued, with Jeon Byung-woo bringing home two and Park Joo-hong bringing in a final to make the game 5-0. To finish the batting order within the inning, ninth-slot batter Park Joon-tae grounded out.

Starter Seo didn’t give up any more runs for the rest of his performance, although he was given the hook early, being replaced in the fourth inning.

Heroes Add Extra Runs Later

More runs came later in the game for the Heroes, including a hit from Park in the fifth, who scored the first run for of the game for the Heroes earlier. In the seventh, he picked up his third RBI of the game with another hit. Kim ha-seong added to the tally in the eighth off of a fielder’s choice play.

While the Giants lost, they avoided a shutout on the scoreboard after An Chi-hong took home Dixon Machado in the sixth inning.

The Heroes had a large cast of pitchers appearing, as starter Kim Jae-woong only played two-and-a-third innings before being taken out. The game was the first starting pitcher appearance for Kim in the KBO. Coming in after him was Yang Hyun, who was given his fifth win of the season for the innings he pitched.

Giants To Head Back Home

The game saw the Heroes finish their week on a good note, after three losses and two cancelled games made for a rough week for the team before. The team will start their next week of play against the Doosan Bears, moving on to a weekend series versus the Samsung Lions after.

With their long road trip complete, the Giants will head back home on Tuesday to open a series against the NC Dinos. Staying at home, the team will play the Kia Tigers after.

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After numerous momentum shifts, the KT Wiz took the lead for the last time in the eighth over the NC Dinos after a single from Jang Sung-woo scored two runs, making the game 5-4.

A high scoring game saw the Kia Tigers complete a series sweep, defeating the Samsung Lions 8-5.

Hits from Yoo Kang-nam and Jung Ju-hyeon gave the LG Twins the lead over the Doosan Bears, winning 4-3.

After being down for many innings, a five-run rally in the seventh from the SK Wyverns allowed them to defeat the Hanhwa Eagles 7-4. The team swept the last-place KBO team with the win.

Giants Get Deciding Runs Over Heroes Late In Starter’s Appearance

The Kiwoom Heroes cracked first in a close pitching battle against the Lotte Giants, losing 6-3 at home on Saturday. The game was the second straight win for the Giants at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

Starting pitchers Dan Straily and Han Hyun-hee played well, although it was the Giants who capitalized on Han late in his stint to get their game-winning runs.

Straily Helps Giants Through Majority of Game

It was a strong performance on the mound by Dan Straily which helped the Giants on the defence. Playing seven innings, Straily allowed only two hits and two walks while earning eight strikeouts.

After 102 pitches, Straily was given the win for the game, moving his 2020 record to 5-2. The appearance was his fourth consecutive win.

Giants Get Ahead Against The End of Han’s Showing

The Giants scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning, as Lee Dae-ho got home while the Heroes tried and failed to get the third out at first base. An Chi-hong beat the throw to first, picking up an RBI on the play.

Cracks started to show late in the performance for Heroes starting pitcher Han Hyun-hee. The seventh inning saw the end of his performance, as he was pulled following a hit from Jung Hoon that scored two runs.

Reliever Jo Duk-gil came in, with hits from Son Ah-seop and Jeon Jun-woo scoring three more runs in total during his time. Jo finished the inning, although the Giants had gained a 6-0 lead at that point.

The conclusion to Han’s performance can’t underscore what happened before, as the pitcher achieved a season-high of 10 strikeouts in his time there.

Giants Have Trouble Closing Game

The Giants had some trouble in the eighth inning, needing three different pitchers before moving on. Against second reliever of the inning Song Seung-jun, Kim Ha-seong got a hit, driving home a run. Against the final reliever Park Jin-hyung, hits from Lee Jung-hoo and Park Byung-ho scored a run each to make the game 6-3.

Playing his second day in a row, Kim Won-joong got his 12th save of the year after pitching in the ninth.

Final Game In Series Set For Sunday

Before the week of play concludes, the Giants will play one more game at the Heroes’ home park. The first pitch for Sunday’s game is set for 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

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An early inning from the Doosan Bears that saw them score five runs to put the team ahead for the rest of their game versus the LG Twins. The 2019 KBO Champions finished the game with a 7-3 score.

Lead by their top pitcher Odrisaimer Despaigne, the KT Wiz pulled off an upset 6-2 win over the NC Dinos.

A close 2-2 game was put out of reach for the Samsung Lions in the eighth inning after the Kia Tigers scored six runs to score 8-2.

A Saturday game between the SK Wyverns and the hosting Hanhwa Eagles was rained out. Due to this, the team will play games on Sunday and Monday.

Early Runs Allow Giants Coast To Victory Over Heroes

After a close back-and-forth early game, the Lotte Giants held onto a 4-2 win over the Kiwoom Heroes to start their weekend series. The game took place at the Heroes’ dome complex, the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

The game was only the second of the week for the Giants, as their Wednesday and Thursday games against the SK Wyverns were rained out.

Teams Trade Lead Early On

The Giants got a short one-run lead in the first inning, as a hit from Jeon Jun-woo took a runner home.

The Heroes responded in the second and third inning, scoring a run in each to get a lead of their own. In the second, a solo home run from Park Dong-won tied the game up.

A sacrifice fly ball from Seo Keon-chang in the third inning put the Heroes ahead by a run.

Heroes starter Choi Won-tae left during the fourth inning after getting two outs, allowing a hit and a walk. Taking his place was Yang Hyun.

Three runs scored during Jung Hoon’s at-bat. First, a passed ball allowed Dixon Machado to get home. Later in the batting appearance, Jung hit a ball that drove home two more runs, making the score 4-2.

Choi was given the loss for the game, evening his 2020 record at 4-4.

Park Given Win

The scoring didn’t continue past the fourth inning, with the final three innings of the game seeing only one hit. The ninth-inning performance from Giants closer Kim Won-joong earned him his 11th save of the year.

Giants starter Park Se-woong was given the win for his five-and-one-third inning performance, allowing two runs and five hits while getting seven strikeouts.

Giants Look To Overtake Wiz

The Giants look to move in the rankings if they can finish their weekend of play with success. The team currently has a 31-33 record, placing them half-a-game behind the seventh-place 32-33 KT Wiz.

The first pitch for Saturday’s game between the Giants and Heroes is set for 6:00PM KST (5:00AM EDT).

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The LG Twins got an 8-1 win over the Doosan Bears, not letting the team score until the very last inning.

Hits from Park Min-woo and Kang Jin-sung allowed the NC Dinos to take back the lead and defeat the KT Wiz 3-2.

Two separate innings that had three runs scored in them helped give the SK Wyverns a 7-4 win against the last place Hanhwa Eagles. 

A game between the Samsung Lions and the Kia Tigers was rained out. This was the third-straight game that the Lions have missed due to weather.