The moment a point was needed, two veterans shook the opponent with their feet. The Lotte Giants picked a key point for victory with the power of ‘ball baseball’.
Lotte won 7-5 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against SSG Landers held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 19th. Lotte, who won two consecutive victories on this day, recorded a win rate of 0.647 for the season, surpassing LG (0.641) and SSG (0.632) to rise to the lead again.
This match was an important match for Lotte. Prior to the game, Lotte was in second place, one game behind the leading SSG. Although he gained momentum by achieving three consecutive winning series, he was unable to easily pull down SSG and continued to fight over the ranks.
Lotte starter Park Se-woong (28), who had not won in the previous six games, fought well, blocking the SSG lineup. However, SSG starter Park Jong-hoon (32) allowed 2 runs until the 4th inning, and the game continued to be tight. At the end of the 5th inning, Lotte, who had a golden chance for 1st and 3rd base, only scored 1 point with a double hit by No. 1 Kim Min-seok (19).
Park Se-woong pitched the first 6 innings of the season, but the game still went narrowly. At the end of the 6th inning, Lotte created an opportunity as leading hitter Ahn Chi-hong (33) survived with a left-handed hit. Jeon Jun-woo (37) retreated with a straight hit to left field, but No. 6 Jin-hyeok (34) hit a hit that fell in the middle right, and Lotte created a golden opportunity for 1 company, 1st and 3rd base.
SSG pitcher Choi Min-joon (24) struck out on a swing in the 7th at-bat after a 4-pitch game. But at this time, first base runner Noh Jin-hyeok, who had a quick start, stole second base, while third base runner An Chi-hong dug into the home. Second baseman Choi Joo-hwan (35), who caught the catcher’s throw, tried to throw it home, but the timing was too late, and An Chi-hong succeeded in scoring. It was the moment when Lotte ran away with a 3-point lead.
Lotte, who gained momentum, ran away with 3 points at the end of the 8th inning. Although they gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning, it did not interfere with winning the game.
Ahn Chi-hong, the main character of Homesteel, said after the game, “The whole team is moving to play baseball that can score points even if there is no hit when a chance arises.” As he said, Lotte is showing how to add points in other ways even if there is no timely hit.메이저놀이터
This season, two coaches, Kim Pyeong-ho (60) and Jeon Jun-ho (54), improved their running base play in Lotte. Until the game on the 19th, Lotte recorded 33 team steals, ranking third after LG (47 steals) and NC (37 steals). The stolen base success rate is also 76.7%, ranking third. Even in the daring run, he is reducing his recklessness. Lotte’s foot baseball, which has changed, has been a great help in making ‘Top De’.