He is the mental pillar who sets the mood within the team and leads the juniors. However, this day became the decisive cause of defeat.
The Lotte Giants lost 4-5 to the Busan Hanwha Eagles on the 15th after a bloody battle in the 10th overtime, exposing defensive anxiety one after another in the second half. This is the latest 3 consecutive losing series. 2 wins and 8 losses in 10 matches.안전놀이터
The atmosphere seemed to change when Kim Min-seok hit a two-run home run in the 6th inning with the score trailing 0-3. It was one run in the top of the 8th inning that was poured with cold water.
Lotte coach Larry Sutton showed his will to win by pitching Koo Seung-min despite losing by one point. However, when first batter Lee Do-yoon’s surprise bunt, Koo Seung-min and first baseman Jeon Jun-woo delayed the ball to each other and gave up an absurd hit. In the end, Hanwha Jeong Eun-won allowed 1 RBI and 2 bases, leading to a run.
Still, Yoo Kang-nam at the end of the 8th inning and Rex’s timely hits at the end of the 9th turned the game to the starting point. In the top of the 10th inning, he managed to get into it, but this time he gave away the same bunt hit to Jinyoung Lee at first base. This time it was a sacrifice bunt, but the steps of pitchers Kim Do-gyu and Jeon Jun-woo overlapped.
Lotte allowed Chae Eun-seong a final hit in the following one-out run, and in the bottom of the 10th inning, Hanwha Park Sang-won, who was in multi-inning, was unable to break through and knelt down.
It is the biggest crisis since the beginning. The sluggish batting overlapped with uncertainty about selection and faltering defense. It is even more upsetting that the culprit was veteran Jeon Jun-woo, who led the team.
From the early steel of the selection to the series of poor defenses, defeat is also defeat, but the process of going there was so disappointing. In the first place, it may have been unreasonable to give up 14 hits and 10 walks and try to fight with only 7 hits and 2 walks.
It is even more painful that Noh Jin-hyeok, who played a pivotal role in the offense and defense prior to the match, left due to an injury. The team’s signature hitter, clutch hitter, and infield commander. However, during batting practice that day, he complained of pain in his left side and was eliminated from the first team. He is waiting for the results of his medical examination. Lotte manager Larry Sutton expressed considerable concern, saying, “I hope it is not a serious injury.” Han Dong-hee, who wanted to fill the void of Noh Jin-hyuk, had no hits in 4 at-bats in the first game of his 1st team comeback.
Lotte expects a trio of lefties (Mccarty, Kim Gwang-hyun, Elias) in SSG’s rotation. As a countermeasure, catcher Son Seong-bin, who was on his third day of discharge, was registered with the first team. In addition, left-hander Kim Jin-wook, who played an active role in the early season, is also preparing to register for the first team.