Giants Sweep Wiz For The Second Time In Coasting Performance

Pulling off a sweep at home, the Lotte Giants finished their week of play with a 5-2 win over the KT Wiz. The game, which happened at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea, saw early runs give the Giants a lead they could hang onto.

Early Runs Put Giants Ahead

The Wiz got a quick jump on the Giants in the first after Kim Min-hyeok sent a solo shot past the wall in the outfield.

The Giants answered back strongly, with hits from An Chi-hong, Oh Yoon-suk and Dixon Machado bringing in a run each to make the game 3-1 later in the inning.

After a rough first inning for both starting pitchers, they had better following innings, as no more runs came until the fifth.

In the fifth, Lee Dae-ho scored a double, bringing home another run to make the game 4-1. After Sunday, Lee moved his 2020 RBI tally to 21, which currently leads the ball club.

Park Gets First Win, Ending Streak

Wiz starter Odrisaimer Despaigne was pulled after the fifth inning of play. Allowing four runs and seven hits, Despaigne got four strikeouts as well. Being given the loss for the game, Despaigne moved to 2-2 this season.

The game was Despaigne’s second game against the Giants, putting on a strong six-inning performance against the team on the 2020 opening day game.

In his sixth start of the season, Giants pitcher Park Se-woong got his first win of the year after allowing only three hits and one run over six innings. The game broke his four-game string of losses.

A successful ninth inning appearance from Kim Won-joong gave him his fifth save of the season.

Late Runs For Both Clubs

The teams traded runs in the eighth inning. A hit from Kim Min-hyeok gave him his second RBI of the game, driving home a runner. Reliever Park Jin-hyung was brought in late in the inning to get the Wiz out of the jam.

A hit from Kim Joon-tae gave the Giants their three-run lead back, as he drove home a runner against Jeon Yoo-soo, making the game 5-2.

Jeon was taken out after the play, seemingly feeling pain in his right arm.

Sweep Sees Giants Jump In Rankings

Sweeping the series, the Giants now move to 6-0 overall this season against the Wiz. Starting the series, the Giants were tied for seventh place in the KBO with the Wiz. Now, the Giants sit sixth, with the Wiz in eighth.

The Giants will stay at home for their next series, hosting the Hanhwa Eagles. The team has went 1-2 against the Eagles, playing one series against them in the season so far. Later in the week, the Giants will travel to Seoul, Korea for a series against the LG Twins, facing them for the first time this season.

The Wiz will host a three-game series against the Kia Tigers starting on Tuesday. After that, the team will play against the Samsung Lions.

First pitch for all Tuesday games is set for 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Bouncing back from three losses, the Samsung Lions got a 3-0 win over the SK Wyverns. A strong starting performance from Lions pitcher David Buchanan saw him limit the Wyverns to four hits over six innings.

Sweeping the series with ease, the NC Dinos picked up an 8-2 win over the Hanhwa Eagles.

A late run from the LG Twins put them ahead 8-1 over the Kiwoom Heroes, bringing them back from their two previous losses.

A close 3-2 win gave the Doosan Bears a victory against the Kia Tigers. Four games behind the leading Dinos, the Bears stayed high in the rankings after a strong 5-1 week of play.

 

Giants Earn Walk-Off Victory Over Wiz After Scoreless Innings

In the only scoring play of the game, a hit from Kang Lo-han gave the giants a 1-0 walk-off win over the KT Wiz on Saturday. The game, which was low in hits, was the second win for the Giants in the series.

The Memorial Day game took place from the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea.

Kang Makes First Hit Count

The game ended after Kang hit a ball into right field that took Jeon Jun-woo around from second to home. The excitement that a game-winning play would usually produce was somewhat stunted, as the play was challenged by the Wiz, causing suspense for the verdict.

Jeon collided with the catcher at home, although he was seemingly fine after shaking off the play.

Kang, who earned the game-winning RBI for the Giants was pinch-hitting for Heo Il late in the game. Only appearing a few times this season, the play earned Kang his first hit and RBI of the year.

The hit came against Kim Jae-yoon, giving him the loss for the game. Kim’s record now stands at 0-2-1 after nine appearances this season.

The Giants had no trouble with their two relievers finishing the game. Park Jin-hyung earned two strikeouts in the eighth inning.

Despite the game being tied at the time, the club’s usual closer Kim Won-joong appeared in the ninth, keeping the Wiz hitless in the inning. The win moved his record to 2-0-4, keeping his ERA under 1.00 for the season.

Starters Put On Show

Starting pitchers for both the Giants and Wiz had good performances, going deep into the game before being taken out. Straily, who is arguably the best pitcher on the Giants, pitched seven innings, getting six strikeouts and allowing five hits.

Bae Je-seong did eight innings for the Wiz, allowing only three hits and walks each, getting four strikeouts as well.

Giants Look For Second Sweep Over Wiz

Combining the opening week series with the current one, the Giants are now 5-0 this season against the Wiz. They will look for their second sweep against the Suwon ball club on Sunday, with the final game of the series starting at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT).

Around The KBO

The Giants weren’t the only team that got a walk-off today. A tied 3-3 game went to the Doosan Bears after a Kim Jae-ho brought a runner home. The 2019 KBO Champions prevailed over the Kia Tigers 4-3.

Early runs from the SK Wyverns gave the team a win, although the Samsung Lions heated up near the end of a 6-4 game.

Besting their 14-3 game yesterday, the NC Dinos returned on Saturday to give the Hanhwa Eagles a 14-2 win.

Down 4-0 in the seventh, the Kiwoom Heroes scored five runs over the final three innings of their game to beat the LG Twins 5-4. A hit from Jeon Byung-woo was the walk-off deciding factor.

Giants Bounce Back At Home With Bats Prevailing Over Wiz

In a game that heavily relied on home runs from both teams, the Lotte Giants were able to pick up a 6-4 win over the KT Wiz on Friday. The win, a return to home field the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, Korea for the Giants, saw the team bounce back from a sweep on the road against the Kia Tigers.

Giants Have Quick Start

The Giants got to work early, first with a hit from Oh Yoon-suk driving home Lee Dae-ho in the second inning. Han Dong-hee got an RBI as well later that inning, driving Heo Il in.

An inning later, An Chi-hong crushed a ball into left field for his second home run of the season.

Home Runs Earn Wiz Lead

The hottest bat on the Wiz, Mel Rojas Jr. made the game close again by hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning, moving the score to 3-2. Early in the season so far, Rojas Jr. has found himself in a close battle for most RBIs in the KBO with Preston Tucker and Jose Miguel Fernandez.

The game was tied up in the sixth after another home run came in, this time off the bat of Park Kyung-soo.

The starting pitcher for the Giants, Seo Jun-won, finished the sixth inning before being taken out of play. Giving up three runs and eight hits, Seo also earned three strikeouts.

Taking the lead for the first time in the game, Wiz player Moon Sang-cheol hit a solo home run against Koo Seung-min.

Lee Does It Again

The tied game went back into the hands of the Giants after a monster three-run home run from Lee Dae-ho was hit into center field. The hit came against Ju Kwon, who was given the loss for the game.

Kim Gets Fourth Save

Making his 11th appearance of the season, Giants closer Kim Won-joong got his fourth save, making his record 1-0-4 so far.

The win went to Koo Seung-min, who pitched in the seventh inning. His record is now a clean 3-0.

In the eighth inning, Wiz left fielder Son Min-seop landed awkwardly while fielding a ball. He finished the inning, but was pinch hit for in the ninth.

Giants Back Up To Sixth With Win

Being tied for seventh in the standings prior to the game, the Giants now move up to sixth place in the KBO with a 12-15 record. The Wiz drop to eighth with a 11-16 record, as the Samsung Lions sit in-between the teams now.

The win for the Giants made the Wiz the first team they’ve earned four wins against, not earning three against any other team either. The four-straight wins the Giants have earned will be challenged tomorrow, with the second of three games in the series being played at 2:00PM KST (1:00AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Two strong innings early for the Kiwoom Heroes allowed them to hang on for a 6-3 win over the LG Twins.

Tied at one run each, the Doosan Bears had a strong rally in the seventh inning that gave them a 5-1 win against the Kia Tigers.

While scoring two runs was enough for the SK Wyverns, two insurance runs came after, giving them a 4-1 win against the Samsung Lions.

No punches were pulled in Daejeon, as the NC Dinos got a 13-2 win over the hosting Hanhwa Eagles. 

 

Giants Sweep Opening Series Against Wiz

A late rally of runs from the Lotte Giants against relievers earned them a 7-3 win over the KT Wiz, sweeping the opening week series. After the series at the Suwon KT Wiz Park, the Giants became one of the two KBO teams to start 3-0.

A seventh-inning homerun by Son Ah-seop gave the team the lead, with following runs acting as insurance for the team.

An Early Lead For The Wiz

Giants took a temporary lead by one run in the second inning, when Jung Bo-geun hit a ball just over the glove of a second baseman to bring Dixon Machado home.

Park Kyung-soo for the Wiz evened the score later that inning, bringing Yoo Han-joon in from third. Kyung-soo has had a strong start to his sixth season for the Wiz, hitting a solo homerun on the previous night.

Jang Sung-woo batted in Mel Rojas Jr. later in the inning with a single, giving the Wiz a one-run lead.

The small lead that the Wiz held was extended in the fifth inning with a wild pitch giving Bae Jeong-dae the chance to score.

Making his first start of the year, Giants pitcher Park Se-woong was pulled with one out left in the fifth. He allowed six hits through nearly five innings.

Late Rally To Win

Bae Je-seong, who was the starter for the Wiz was pulled after just over six innings of pitching. Starting off his senior year for the team, he allowed four hits.

Scoring opened back up for the Giants in the sixth, with Son hitting a three-run homerun to make the game 4-3.

Another run was put on the board in the eighth when Han Dong-hee hit a ball from Kim Jae-yoon into the outfield, bringing in Jung Hoon.

Coming into the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth, Kim Dong-han hit a ball into center which let Jung Hoon and Shin Bon-gi score.

The final four innings saw the Giants bring in a new reliever for each, with all pitchers holding Wiz hitless in that timeframe. This makes two perfect one-inning appearances this season for the team’s closer Kim Won-joong.

Back To Busan

Being 3-0 to start the season, the Giants share first place in the league’s standings with the NC Dinos, who are also undefeated.

The Giants are set to have their home opener tomorrow, opening a three-game series against the SK Wyverns. The first pitch for the Friday game is at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Finishing the series in a sweep, the NC Dinos had hot bats against the Samsung Lions. An outstanding player was Park Min-woo, who got three hits and two RBIs from the top of the batting order. The final score was 8-2 for the Dinos.

After a back-and-forth start, hits from Park Kun-woo and Kim Jae-ho in the fourth inning helped the Doosan Bears pull ahead in what finished as a 9-3 win against the LG Twins.

After being down for the majority of the game, an explosive eighth inning including a three-run homerun from Preston Tucker helped give the Kia Tigers an 8-5 win over the Kiwoom Heroes.

A strong fifth and sixth inning from the Hanhwa Eagles allowed them to get a 8-4 win against the Kiwoom Heroes.

Early Rally Seals Second Win on The Road For Giants

The Lotte Giants chipped away at the pitching of the KT Wiz on Wednesday en route to a 9-4 victory at the Suwon KT Wiz Park. Among numerous scoring plays was an explosive third inning which brought the lead to six runs for the away team.

Following two runs that were batted in previously in the third inning, Jung Hoon took a ball into the stands in left field to put up three more runs for the team.

The win went to starter Seo Jun-won, who pitched six innings for the Giants, allowing five hits and one run. Only putting up two strikeouts, his performance relied heavily on the overall defence of the team.

Returning for his second year for the Wiz, William Cuevas pitched five innings to start, giving up six hits and runs, earning five strikeouts.

Getting The Early Lead

Min Byung-hun started the game off quick for the Giants with a double. A sacrifice fly from Son Ah-seop brought him in from third base later on.

In the third inning, a hit from Son batted Byung-hun home yet again A sacrifice fly from Lee Dae-ho allowed Jeon Jun-woo to score later that inning, advancing the Giants lead to three.

The rally ended with a bang, as Jung belted a three-run home run to left field, doubling the lead.

Wiz Get on The Board

Wiz scored their first run in the sixth, with a ground ball giving Yoo Han-joon the chance to come home from third. He advanced to the position after an error off of a hit from Mel Rojas Jr.

The entrance of Giants reliever Park Shi-young in the seventh inning kicked off a series of hits for the Wiz. They earned their second run after a hit to left field from Sim Woo-jun took Kang Min-gook to the home plate. A sacrifice fly in the next play scored another runner, tightening the game to within three runs.

Sealing The Deal

A sacrifice fly in the eighth inning from Jung Bo-geun allowed Dixon Machado to advance to home, moving the score to 7-3 for the Giants.

Bringing the score within three again for Wiz, Park Kyung-soo shot a ball into the grandstands in the eighth.

An insurance run in the ninth came in the form of a double from Jeon that took Min to the plate, making the game 8-4 for the Giants. Another run came in later in the evening after a pitch went past Wiz catcher Kang Hyeon-woo.

Pursuing A Sweep

The win puts the Giants up by two in the series with the Wiz. Giants are one of the three teams to start the season 2-0, including NC Dinos and Kiwoom Heroes. The final game in the series is set to be played tomorrow at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

After being tied through seven innings, the Kiwoom Heroes outscored the Kia Tigers in the eighth to go on and win 3-2.

An early series of runs scored against Samsung Lions starter Ben Lively proved hard to bounce back from, with the home team dropping 4-3 against the NC Dinos.

After a strong pitching performance from Ricardo Pinto held the Hanwha Eagles scoreless through five, early runs for the SK Wyverns allowed them to coast to a 5-2 victory.

A five-run third inning for the Doosan Bears was enough for the defending champions to earn their first win of the season, defeating the LG Twins 5-2.

Series of Homeruns Earn Lotte Giants Opening Day Win Over KT Wiz

A seventh-inning three-run homerun from Dixon Machado put an early pitching battle in the rearview mirror for the Lotte Giants, helping give them a 7-2 win over the KT Wiz on KBO opening day.

The win came without a live audience at the Suwon KT Wiz Park due to precautions as South Korea slowly comes out of a COVID-19 quarantine.

The Big Plays

Wiz first got on the board in the second inning, with an error in fielding a ground ball by Han Dong-hee bringing Yoo Han-joon home.

The Giants came back with a run of their own in the fifth, with Machado bringing Hoon Jung in with a hit.

Kang Baek-ho launched a ball past right field for a homerun that put the Wiz back ahead

Giants moved up to a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning after Machado hit a three-run homerun against reliever Kim Jae-yoon.

Jeon Jun-woo got his own two-run homer an inning later over Wiz reliever Lee Sang-ha. Later in the eighth, a sacrifice fly from Jung Hoon brought Son Ah-seop in to score the seventh run.

Kim Wong-joon pitched the final three outs for the Giants, striking out two of the batters.

Strong Starters

Wiz pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne worked for six full innings, allowing six hits and earning eight strikeouts along the way. Despaigne made his KBO regular season debut in this game, playing with the Chicago White Sox in the 2019 season.

Giants starter Dan Straily allowed only three hits before being pulled late in the sixth. Similar to the Wiz starter, Straily made his first KBO appearance in this game.

The game started just over an hour late due to rain delay, making it the latest starting game of the five on the matchday, among many which were delayed by rain.

The second game of the series between the Giants and Wiz has a start time of 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

On the road, the Hanhwa Eagles kicked off their season with a 3-0 win over SK Wyverns. Wyverns were limited to two hits in nine innings by Warwick Saupold, who enters his second season as an Eagle.

LG Twins sealed win over defending champions Doosan Bears after an eighth-inning rally extending their lead by five runs. The game ended with Twins on top 8-2.

Broadcasted to American fans on ESPN, NC Dinos put on a homerun show, hitting three into the stands for a 4-0 win over the Samsung Lions.

A late rally wasn’t enough for the Kia Tigers, who fell 11-2 at home against the Kiwoon Heroes.