Professional baseball LG took the lead for the first time in the season by beating NC with a hot bat in a tie for first place. It is the first time since August 2021 that it has won first place alone.
LG won 9 to 4 in the home game against NC메이저놀이터 in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 20th. They had two consecutive victories until the previous day’s 7-5 victory.
LG, who became 11-6, rose from a tie for first place to the sole lead. NC, which became 10-7, defeated kt 8-5 that day and fell to 3rd place, pushed by SSG (9-6), which escaped from 4 consecutive losses.
Two days in a row, the batting line exploded. LG scored 9 points by combining 14 hits and 5 walks in the 7th inning, including Austin Dean and Park Dong-won’s 1-run home run. Austin, who had two hits, including the season’s second home run, and Park Dong-won, who hit the season’s fourth home run, both scored two RBIs and one run. Moon Seong-joo had 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run, and Kim Min-seong had 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run including the final hit in the inning.
Left-hander starter Kim Yun-sik won his second win of the season with a good pitching of 5 innings, 6 strikeouts, 6 hits, 2 walks and 1 run. Ham Deok-joo recorded a hold with 1 strikeout and no runs in 7⅔innings. On this day, he made director Yeom Gyeong-yeop happy on his birthday.
NC started right-hander Song Myeong-gi, striking out 5 in 3⅔innings, but 6 hits and 4 walks, allowing 3 runs and holding the 2nd loss (1 win). The batting line also gave 12 hits and 4 walks, but stayed at 4 points and was pushed back in a firepower confrontation with LG.
LG got off to a good start by picking up the first run at the end of the first inning. Table setter Hong Chang-ki’s walk and Moon Seong-joo’s right-handed hit made it safe on first and second bases, Kim Min-seong scored the first run with a right-handed hit. In the 3rd inning, Austin’s timely left-handed hits on 1st and 2nd base, and Park Dong-won’s sacrifice hits on 1st and 2nd base, ran away to 3-0.
NC also made up for 1 point in the 4th inning, but LG scored an additional point in the 5th inning. In 2nd and 2nd base, Seo Geon-chang hit a right-middle triple at the right time, and Park Hae-min’s timely hit also exploded, widening the score to 5-1. In the 7th inning, Austin and Park Dong-won hit a home run to tie the knot.
LG boasts a team batting average of 30% this season (2099). 106 points in 17 games, an average of 6.24 points per game, and a batting average of 36 points. The team’s OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) of 0.807 ranks first among all 10 clubs.
Last year, LG was a team on the mound. He finished first with a team ERA of 3.33. Team batting average (2.69) and runs scored (average of 4.97) The power of the pitchers was relatively stronger than that of the third-place batting line.
This year, even the bat counted. LG has a solid mound this season as well. With a team ERA of 3.29, it is second only to NC (3.20). He achieved the ideal harmony in two strokes and rose to the top spot alone.
Kim Hyun-soo ranked 3rd in batting average (3.8 pun7), and Austin ranked 4th (3.7 pun.), showing off a high-sensitivity hit. Other than that, LG has 5 30 hitters who have filled the required at-bats, including Kim Min-seong (3/4 1-ri), Moon Seong-joo (3/3 8-ri), and Moon Bo-kyung (3/1 7-ri).
In addition, LG became faster as coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop took office and emphasized his mobility. 1st in team steals (33), 15 more than 2nd place NC, who played 17 games together.
LG’s offense and maneuverability are still strong on a solid mound. It remains to be seen whether this year will resolve the long-cherished wish of winning the Korean Series since 1994.