With the first double header of the season just one day away, the LG Twins won the first game of the series with a big win.
LG succeeded in becoming the first player to reach 70 wins by winning 12-2 in the 11th game of the season against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field on the 8th. The season record was 70 wins, 2 draws, and 44 losses.스포츠토토
On this day, LG scored first base runner Shin Min-jae in the top of the first inning thanks to Kim Hyun-soo’s double and center fielder Choi Won-jun’s catching error, and Austin Dean, who showed off his aggressive base running play in the top of the fourth inning, rushed home when Oh Ji-hwan’s sacrifice fly hit with one out and runners on first and third base. He scored a goal while doing so.
However, as they were unable to clearly run away until the middle of the game, LG needed a score to solidify their victory. Perhaps the players knew this as well, as they scored 4 points in the top of the 6th inning, widening the gap. When Moon Bo-kyung attempted a bunt with no outs on first and second base, KIA’s second pitcher Choi Ji-min committed a bad throw to third base. Meanwhile, second base runner Kim Hyun-soo came all the way home, and first base runner Austin and batter runner Bo-kyung Moon arrived at third and second base, respectively.
Here, ‘Captain’ Oh Ji-hwan, who appeared on second and third base with no outs, pulled Choi Ji-min’s fastball with the ball count at 3-0 and hit a two-run triple that split the right-center field. The team escaped by 5 points, and Oh Ji-hwan achieved his 60th career triple. 6th record in KBO League history.
This wasn’t the end. LG added a whopping 6 runs in the top of the 7th inning, including an error by Kim Sun-bin who failed to catch Moon Bo-kyung’s ground ball with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd base. LG, which relentlessly pushed KIA, gradually came closer to victory.
If the batters secured the victory by scoring a large number of runs, the player who laid the foundation for victory was Kim Yun-sik, who won by decision in the starting matchup with Yoon Young-cheol. Even considering that they had suffered a loss the previous day, KIA was by no means an easy opponent for a pitcher, but Kim Yun-sik blocked the KIA batting lineup with 7 hits, no walks, 3 strikeouts, and 1 run in 5⅔ innings.
After Kim Yun-sik was replaced, Baek Seung-hyun (1⅓ innings), Yun Ho-sol (⅔ innings), Park Myung-geun (⅓ innings), and Lee Ji-gang (1 inning) took charge of the remaining innings, and LG minimized bullpen consumption. This is something that can be a big plus factor for the team. In addition, Lim Chan-gyu and Son Ju-young, who appeared as starters in the first and second games of the double header, also relieved the burden, and several starting fielders, including Oh Ji-hwan, who were replaced late in the game, clearly stored up their stamina.
The entire team was able to play the double header with a much lighter mind. Since there are two games to be played in one day, any team must pay attention to many things, such as mound management and physical distribution of fielders, in the process of preparing for a double header. In that respect, LG achieved more than one win that day.