Home run shot by two veterans, Jeon Jun-woo and An Chi-hong, Lotte’s second winning season in the second half… Kiwoom ranked lowest in August in 12 years

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 Lotte succeeded in the second winning series in the second half with the strength of veterans. Kiwoom, who lost to Lotte, was at the bottom in August for the first time since 2011, when it was Nexen.

Lotte won 12-8 against Gocheok Kiwoom on the 10th. As in the previous day, the game continued in a multi-score pattern, and Lotte scored decisive home runs by Jeon Jun-woo and Ahn Chi-hong. Jeon Jun-woo widened the lead with a two-run gun in the top of the 5th inning and Ahn Chi-hong with a solo shot in the top of the 6th inning. An Chi-hong completed a multi-hit game by adding a hit in the last at-bat in the top of the 9th inning. Kim Min-seok had 2 hits, Lee Jung-hoon had 3 hits, Nico Goodrum had 3 hits, and Yoon Dong-hee also had 3 hits.스포츠토토

Starting pitcher Han Hyun-hee was sluggish with 4 runs in 4 innings, but Pil Seung-jo pitchers did their part. Koo Seung-min, who pitched in the bottom of the 6th inning, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Choi Jun-yong, who pitched in the bottom of the 8th inning, pitched 1 scoreless inning, and Kim Won-joong completed the victory in the bottom of the 9th. Kim Won-joong posted 21 saves for the season.

With this victory, 7th place Lotte took the season record to 45 wins and 50 losses. From July 25th to 27th, it was the first time since the 3rd match against Doosan in Jamsil that it succeeded in a 3-game winning series.

Kiwoom took the lead. At the end of the first inning, Kiwoom’s lead hitter Lee Yong-kyu reached base with a triple and Kim Hye-seong scored on a grounder from second base. Afterwards, Dawson stepped on first base with a ball that hit the body, Song Seong-moon hit right, and Kim Hui-jip hit a heavy hit at the right time. Lee Joo-hyung also hit the right hand at the right time, and Kiwoom succeeded in suppressing the baseline with a score of 3-0.

Lotte’s counterattack was stronger. In the top of the second inning, Park Seung-wook stole second base after a heavy hit. And 6 consecutive hits from 2nd and 2nd base. Jeong Bo-geun’s right-handed hits, Kim Min-seok’s right-handed hits, An Chi-hong’s right-handed hits, Lee Jung-hoon’s right-handed hits, and Gudrum’s right-handed hits came one after another. Yoon Dong-hee also hit at the right time in the middle game, and Lotte scored 5 points along with batter Il-soon.

While the game progressed in the flow of a slugfest in the beginning, Kiwoom fired a solo shot by Kim Hui-jip at the end of the 3rd inning. It was 4-5, 1 run, but Lotte responded with a home run in the top of the 5th inning. Lead batter Yoon Dong-hee hit left-handed, and next hitter Jeon Jun-woo fired a left-handed two-run gun.

Kiwoom pursued Lotte again. Kim Hye-seong recorded a right-handed hit and Lim Byung-wook also recorded a right-handed hit. Kim Hui-jip’s batted ball from 2nd 1st and 2nd base became a timely hit with 2 RBIs falling between the center fielder and shortstop, bringing the score to 6-7 again by 1 point. Kiwoom and Lee Joo-hyung’s infield hit resulted in 2 outs, 1st and 2nd base. A situation aiming for a reversal. The bottom of the 5th ended with Lotte ahead as Kim Min-seok caught Kim Tae-jin’s big ball.

Hosobi was followed by a home run. In the beginning of the 6th inning, Lotte fired a solo shot from Ahn Chi-hong over the left wall. Lotte, who widened the lead to 8-6, chose Jeong Hoon’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th inning and Ahn Kwon-soo’s walk with the base loaded in the top of the 8th inning.

Lotte, who seized the victory, scored 12 points in the beginning of the 9th inning with Kim Min-seok’s sacrifice fly and Gudrum’s timely hit. In the bottom of the ninth, Choi Yeong-hwan was shaken, but Kim Won-joong took the mound and made the final out count.

On the other hand, in Kiwoom, the pitching staff committed 9 walks the previous day, and this day, 7 walks led to a crisis and conceded a run. Lee Jong-min, who took the mound in the second half of the game, gave up 1 run in 1 inning, and Yang Ji-ryul struggled with 3 walks and 1 run in 0.2 innings, losing the game to Lotte. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Lee Hak-ju made a mistake with 1 out on 1st and 3rd base, and then Kim Tae-jin sacrificed fly to score 2 runs, but it was too late.

Kiwoom, who escaped from a 9-game losing streak the previous day, lost again and became the lowest in August for the first time since 2011. Season record 42 wins, 59 losses, 3 draws. Samsung, whose game was canceled that day, rose to 9th place. Kiwoom finished the season in 8th place in 2011, when it was a Nexen Heroes era and an 8-team system, and since then, it has never been at the bottom of the leaderboard in August until last year. However, this year, after 12 years, it bottomed out on the August leaderboard.

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