‘There is no gap from number 1 to number 9… No need for pinch hitters’ LG explodes with 15 hits, wins over SSG… 6G difference, dominates again 

 There is no rest in the batting order from number 1 to number 9. So there is no need for a pinch hitter. LG won a complete victory with the strongest batting lineup.스포츠토토

LG won 10-4 against Jamsil SSG on the 16th. The batting line that exploded at any time stood out. Once he got a chance, he showed a high level of concentration and scored many runs without distinction between the top and bottom batting lineups. They were overtaken in the top of the 6th inning, but scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th and 3 in the bottom of the 7th, effectively putting a wedge in the game.

The batting lineup with 15 hits was a multi-hit party. Leadoff Hong Chang-ki had a 3-hit game with 3 hits and 3 RBIs in 5 at-bats, and Bo-kyung Moon had a 3-hit game with 3 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats. Shin Min-jae, Austin Dean, and Park Dong-won recorded two hits. Hae-min Park achieved more than 20 stolen bases for the 10th consecutive year by stealing second base after a left-field hit in the 5th inning. It is the second record in history and the highest record is Jeong Geun-woo’s 11 consecutive years.

Starting pitcher Casey Kelly allowed four runs in 5.1 innings. He stayed on the mound without allowing a run until the 5th inning, but struggled in the beginning of the 6th inning. Kim Jin-seong, who took the mound after Kelly, pitched 0.2 innings without allowing a run. Yoo Young-chan, who came on the mound in the top of the 7th inning, came out of trouble due to poor ball control, but Baek Seung-hyun went 0.2 innings and stopped the opponent’s attack. Choi Dong-hwan came on in the top of the 8th inning, and Lee Sang-young and Lee Woo-chan came on the mound in the top of the 9th inning to complete the victory.

With this win, first-place LG, which had won two games in a row, had a season record of 72 wins, 47 losses, and 2 draws. There is a 6-game gap with 2nd place KT and a 6.5 game gap with 3rd place NC.

LG took the lead. LG succeeded in stealing second base after leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki hit a left-field hit in the bottom of the first inning. Hong Chang-ki, who advanced to third base on Shin Min-jae’s ground ball to shortstop from second base with no outs, homered on Kim Hyun-soo’s ground ball to first base with one out and one out on third base.

As the batting line scored from the first inning, Kelly reliably guarded the mound. Kelly used a four-seam fastball from the first pitch and actively dominated the strike count. It was also effective to change the pattern to a breaking ball on the first pitch after SSG’s batting lineup made one turn.

The fielders also helped Kelly with lake expenses. With two outs in the top of the second inning, Park Seong-han hit a double and created a chance, but Park Dong-won caught Park Seong-han with a strong throw to second base, who had a large lead. In the top of the 5th inning, leadoff hitter Park Seong-han hit a single to right, which Hong Chang-gi caught with a sliding catch. Oh Ji-hwan also raised the final out count in the top of the 5th inning, showing off his strong arms.

After the rain, it was a goal. LG showed concentration with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. He succeeded in stealing second base after Park Hae-min hit a left-field hit. With two outs and two on second base, Hong Chang-gi hit a timely hit to right. Shin Min-jae also recorded a hit to left, with two outs and runners on first and second base. In a chance created again, Kim Hyun-soo hit a timely hit to put LG up 3-0.

SSG, who was being dragged, showed concentration in the top of the 6th inning and quickly turned the game around. He reached base for the sixth time in a row with five hits and one walk with one out. Starting with Choo Shin-soo’s hit to left, Choi Ji-hoon’s hit to right, and Choi Jeong’s walk, the bases were loaded. With bases loaded and one out, Heredia’s timely hit to right scored the first run. Then, Choi Joo-hwan hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs, tying the score at 3-3.

LG suddenly took down the shaken Kelly and brought in Kim Jin-seong, but SSG’s momentum did not stop. Park Seong-han hit Jin-seong Kim’s forkball with a timely hit to the right, making it 4-3. SSG succeeded in turning the tables.

LG didn’t just step down. They scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and turned the tables again. With one out, Moon Bo-kyung’s double and Park Dong-won’s walk created a chance. Seong-Joo Moon hits a ground ball to first base, with 2 outs and 1st and 3rd bases. Park Hae-min drew a walk against replaced pitcher Ko Hyo-jun, leaving the bases loaded.

With the bases loaded, Hong Chang-gi, the most reliable batter, came to bat, and Hong Chang-ki hit Park Hyo-jun’s slider with 2 RBIs and a timely hit. With LG turning the tables again, Shin Min-jae added 2 RBIs and a timely hit with 2 outs and 2nd and 3rd bases, allowing LG to run away with a 7-4 lead.

The game was hot even in the top of the 7th inning. SSG pinch hitter Choi Hang took a walk as the leadoff hitter and got on base. Choo Shin-soo also walks. After Choi Ji-hoon retired to center field, LG replaced Yoo Young-chan, whose control was shaky, with Baek Seung-hyun. Baek Seung-hyeon struck out Choi Jeong on a missed swing. However, a walk was given to Heredia, leaving the bases loaded with two outs. Facing Choi Joo-hwan with the bases loaded, Baek Seung-hyun struck out Choi Joo-hwan with a slider and did not allow a run.

It was an opportunity after a crisis. LG won the game by adding 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Starting with a double by leadoff hitter Austin, Bo-kyung Moon’s timely double, Park Dong-won’s timely hit in the middle, and Moon Seong-joo’s timely triple all hit in parallel with one out and runners on second base. With a 10-4 lead, there was room for operation. Backup players stood on the ground.

On the other hand, SSG’s starting pitcher Won-seok Oh allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 5.2 innings. Ko Hyo-jun took the mound in a crisis, but allowed 2 runs in 0.1 innings. Choi Min-jun allowed 3 runs in 1 inning and the pitchers were unable to overcome LG’s batting lineup. Choi Ji-hoon and Park Seong-han performed well with two hits, but lost their shine due to the team’s loss.

SSG, who suffered three consecutive losses, lost fourth place to KIA with a season record of 62 wins, 57 losses, and 2 draws.

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