SSG defeated Samsung in a thrilling one-point victory. Samsung came from behind, but held on for the win. LG lost on the same day. The margin is now 0.5 games.
In the second game of a three-game midweek series against Samsung in the 2023 KBO League regular season at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, SSG rallied for an 8-7 victory in the top of the seventh inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Park Sung-ho and a six-out save by Seo Jin-yong.
The day before, we lost the first round in a heartbreaking 1-5 defeat. I lost both my shots. It wasn’t easy on this day either, but I grinned from ear to ear. The bats came alive, and the finishes were solid. There was a crisis, but no defeat.
Starter Kirk McCarty pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. It was his return from injury. He scattered a final 56 pitches. He topped out at 149 mph with his fastball and stayed with his changeup, including a cutter. Not a bad comeback.
Noh Kyung-eun pitched 2.2 innings of three-hit ball, striking out two. Ko Hyo-joon pitched 0.2 innings of four-hit ball, giving up three runs, and Moon Seung-won pitched 1.1 innings of four-hit ball, giving up one run. Seo Jin-yong came in with runners on first and second in the eighth inning and pitched two innings of two-hit, one-strikeout ball to preserve the win. It was his 27th save of the season.
At the plate, Park Sung-ki went 1-for-1 with a game-winning sacrifice fly and one RBI. Kang Jin-seong had two hits, including a two-run shot, and two RBIs. Kim Sung-hyun 토토사이트 had two hits and two RBIs, and Kim Min-sik had two hits, two RBIs, and one run scored. Ha Jae-hoon had three hits and two runs scored, Choi Jeong-jeong had one hit and one run scored, and Guillermo Heredia had two hits and two runs scored.
After the game, manager Kim Won-hyung said, “It was a tough game, but we were able to secure the victory by showing focus in both at-bats. Seo Jin-yong came in with runners on first and second in the eighth and did a great job with a two-inning save. We gave up a run, but all of our bullpen did their job,” he said.
“On offense, we were able to win the game thanks to Kang Jin-sung’s game-winning home run and the focused hitting of Ha Jae-hoon, Kim Sung-hyun, and Kim Min-sik.”
Coach Kim Won-hyung added, “It rained a lot during the game today. The players did a great job, and especially the support of the away fans who stayed until the end was the driving force behind this victory.”