The Doosan Bears, which have won four consecutive games, are trying to continue their upward trend in the Gwangju expedition.
Doosan, led by head coach Lee Seung-yeop, will play its 13th game of the season against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 15th. The starting pitcher is Brandon Waddell.
On the previous day, Doosan came from behind to win 3-2 at home against SSG Landers. After being dragged 0-2 until the top of the ninth inning, he pressed SSG closer Seo Jin-yong with a hit by leadoff hitter Yang Seok-hwan and a ball that hit Yang Eui-ji in the bottom of the ninth inning, and second baseman Park Ji-hoon was forced out at third base during Lee Yoo-chan’s sacrifice bunt instead of Kim Jae-hwan.
However, after Seo Jin-yong’s wild pitch, third baseman Kim Tae-geun stepped home when Kang Seung-ho grounded out to shortstop with one out and runners on second and third bases, narrowing the gap by one point. Doosan, not satisfied with the chase, made two outs and a full base after pinch hitter Kim In-tae’s walk and Park Gye-beom’s automatic fourth pitch, and third baseman Lee Yoo-chan scored during Seo Jin-yong’s wild pitch to balance 2-2. Huh Kyung-min, who took on an important task in Cho Soo-haeng’s at-bat, completed his fourth consecutive win by calling in third baseman Kim In-tae with a walk-off hit.토토사이트
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said before the KIA match, “I always feel good when I win,” adding, “I thought I’d at least tie it somehow because the opponent’s mistake (opportunity) was made.” If the batter is Kim Jae-hwan, it’s right to let it go, but I wanted to expect Kang Seung-ho behind me in the scoring position. “I think it was a day of luck for our team as a ground ball came out and a wild pitch came out,” he recalled the previous day before.
“I left it at the end, and I was preparing to use (Huh Kyung-min as a pinch hitter) when the batting order came,” he said. “The batting order was the timing, and fortunately, the batting order returned and Heo Kyung-min made a great hit as captain.”
Heo Kyung-min was excluded from the starting lineup due to a right-handed bruise against the Hanwha Eagles in Jamsil on the 12th and SSG on the 14th, but his condition has improved a lot. Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “There was a bruise and swelling, but I heard there is no problem at all now. In fact, I could have started the previous day, but I have to play in a completely good condition. He said, “I’m going to start normally because I think I’m in a completely recovered state.”
He also did not forget to mention Choi Ji-gang, who is playing a good role in the bullpen. Choi Ji-gang took the mound as the fourth pitcher after starter Choi Seung-yong (one run in five innings), Kim Myung-shin (one run in one inning), and Hong Gun-hee (one run in one inning) in the match against SSG on the 14th, setting the stage for a come-from-behind victory. In terms of his performance since he was called up to the first division on the 27th of last month, he has complied with one win in 6⅓3 innings in five games. There was no earned run.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “I did a great job. It seems that almost 90 per cent were breaking balls. Fortunately, it may have been Yang Eui-ji’s ball combination, but Choi Ji-gang is so good at pitching, so if anyone throws his own ball, he will not be easily attacked. “If the results improve, I will definitely gain confidence and become a player who can grow to the next level,” he said adding, “Park Chi-guk was missing, and Kim Kang-ryul was also determined to let him rest for another day, so Choi Ji-gang pitched well and players in poor condition were able to rest.”
Meanwhile, Doosan, which is seeking five consecutive wins against Yoon Young-chul, formed a lineup of Jung Soo-bin (center fielder), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Yang Seok-hwan (designated hitter), Yang Eui-ji (catcher), Kim Jae-hwan (left fielder), Kang Seung-ho (first baseman), Huh Kyung-min (second baseman) and Cho Haengsu (right fielder). Coach Lee Seung-yeop explained that Jose Rojas, a foreign hitter who has not been able to come out all week due to the COVID-19 infection, can play as a pinch hitter