The Lotte Giants won the match against SSG Landers in the ‘Distribution Derby’ and succeeded in winning two consecutive victories. Lotte starting pitcher Park Se-woong won his first win of the valuable season after his 7th challenge. Lotte pulled down SSG to second place and rose again to the top of the league.
Lotte won 7-5 in the second game of the season against SSG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 19th. Lotte laid a valuable stepping stone to achieve a 4th consecutive winning series by winning the first game of 3 consecutive home games against SSG, which drew attention as a ‘distribution derby’. Lotte rose to first place alone with 22 wins and 12 losses (0.647 win rate).
Lotte achieved its 22nd victory of the season amid the even performance of the batting line, including Park Se-woong’s 6 innings and 1 run, and Ahn Chi-hong and Park Seung-wook’s multi-hits. Park Se-woong finally reported his first victory in the 7th appearance of the season after the opening of this season.
Park Se-woong made a battery with catcher Ji Ji-wan in this game and challenged for the first starting win this season. Park Se-woong’s pitching seemed to be gaining strength from the first inning. Sewoong Park allowed a hit to hitter Joo-hwan Choi, but hit hitter Choi Jeong with a double hit and finished the first inning without conceding a run.
Park Se-woong delivered stable pitches without conceding runs in the second and third innings. However, Park Se-woong lost his first run to SSG in the 4th inning. Park Se-woong gave a double to Heredia and then scored consecutive hits to Hanyu Island. After that, Park Se-woong spread a stable pitch and did not concede any additional points.
Park Se-woong faced a crisis in the 5th inning. Park Se-woong faced a crisis with the bases full by giving Heredia an automatic intentional 4th pitch in the situation of 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base. Park Se-woong roared after treating Hanyu-seom, who had a good sense of hitting, with a ground ball in front of the first baseman.
In the early 6th inning, in a confrontation with SSG hitter Park Seong-han, Park Se-woong treated it as a second baseman’s grounder amid a relentless competition for pitching to 13 pitches. Park Se-woong continued his good momentum and finished the 6th without a run.
Following Park Se-woong, Lotte put Kim Jin-wook on the mound in the 7th and Koo Seung-min in the 8th. Kim Jin-wook handled three SSG batters neatly, including one strikeout. Goo Seung-min climbed the mound in the 8th inning and allowed consecutive hits to Choi Jeong and Heredia and went down the mound with 2 out on 1st and 3rd base. Lee Tae-yeon, who came up next, gave a hit to pinch hitter Choo Shin-soo, allowing Lotte to pursue 4-2. Kim Sang-soo, who is playing his role as the core of the Lotte Pilseung Gyetujo, saved the team from a come-from-behind crisis by treating the follow-up hitter as a fly ball.
As Park Se-woong, the only one of the five starting pitchers who had no starting wins, revived, Lotte gained more momentum in running the starting pitching team. In May, as Dan Strayley, Charlie Barnes, Han Hyun-hee, and Park Se-woong all found their skills, Lotte also eased the burden of operating the system.
Lotte’s batting line also contributed to Park Se-woong’s first victory. The Lotte batters took the lead in the game by taking the lead from the first attack in the first inning.
Lotte first hitter Kim Min-seok and second hitter Ahn Kwon-soo got a walk against SSG starter Park Jong-hoon and created a chance to score first and second base safely. Lotte created a safe 2nd and 3rd base situation with Park Jong-hoon’s wild throwing. Lotte batsman Chi-Hong Ahn hit the first baseman ground ball, but third base runner Kim Min-seok was called home.
In the 4th inning, 3rd batter Koh Seung-min and 4th batter Ahn Chi-hong hit again to secure a chance to score on 1st and 3rd base. The follow-up hitter Jeon Jun-woo easily called Ko Seung-min home with a ground ball in front of the shortstop. Lotte allowed SSG to tie the score at the beginning of the 4th inning, but did not miss the initiative by immediately scoring a reversal. Lotte scored one more point each in the 5th and 6th innings, widening the score to 4-1.
Lotte did not loosen the reins of the attack even in the second half of the game. Lotte completed the big innings in the 8th inning, virtually ending the day’s game. In the 8th inning, against SSG rookie pitcher Roun Lee, Lotte created opportunities to score 1st and 2nd base safely, with Koh Seung-min and Ahn Chi-hong on base consecutively.체스카지노
Lotte’s new solver, ‘Noh Prosecutor’ Noh Jin-hyeok, drew his sword. Noh Jin-hyeok hit Lee Ro-woon’s ball and made a huge double that hit the top of the fence in the middle right. Noh Jin-hyeok called Seung-min Ko and Hak-joo Lee, both runners, home and completed two RBIs in a timely manner. Park Seung-wook also knocked out a double and called Noh Jin-hyeok home. Lotte widened the score gap to 5 points at 7-2.
Lotte put Shin Jeong-rak on the mound as the finishing pitcher in the beginning of the ninth inning. Jeong-Rak Shin hit a 3-run home run over the left fence from SSG hitter Jeong Jeong Choi. Lotte allowed SSG to pursue with a 7-5, 2-point margin. Lotte coach Larry Sutton summoned team closer Kim Won-joong. Kim Won-joong climbed the mound three days after the game against the Hanwha Eagles on the 16th and ended the game by striking out both batters.
Lotte rose to the top of the league with Kim Won-joong’s finishing pitch.