There is fierce competition between 2nd place KT Wiz, 3rd place NC Dinos, 4th place SSG Landers, and 5th place KIA Tigers for the 2nd place with a direct ticket to the professional baseball playoffs.
kt (67 wins, 3 draws, 53 losses, 0.558) defeated NC (64 wins, 2 draws, 53 losses, 0.547), which was in hot pursuit with a frightening rise, and secured second place by 1.5 games.
KIA (60 wins, 2 draws, 54 losses, 0.526), who had 9 consecutive wins in 10 years and 3 months and 3 wins and 1 loss against the leader LG Twins in 4 weekend games, fell to 2nd place, but fell to the Lotte Giants in the 6th inning at home. He suffered a cold loss and fell one place to 5th place. 0.5 game gap with 4th place SSG (62 wins, 2 draws, 55 losses, 0.530).
In the visiting game against the NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Changwon NC Park on the 13th, kt won 6-2, led by a good pitch from starter Go Young-pyo, who achieved a quality start, and a wedge home run from Park Byeong-ho.
Second-place KT, which had two consecutive wins, narrowed the gap with the leader LG Twins, which did not have a game that day, to 4.5 games.
Ace Ko Young-pyo, who collapsed by allowing 6 runs in 5 innings and 6 runs in 6 innings in his previous two appearances in September, lived up to his name for the first time in a long time.
He threw 111 pitches over 6 innings, consistently sending out runners with 9 hits and 1 walk, but struck out 7 and scored 2 runs, earning his 11th win (7 losses) of the season.
In addition, he reached the 100-strikeout milestone in the season, becoming the 19th player in KBO League history to achieve triple-digit strikeout records for five consecutive seasons.
KT gave up the first run in the first inning when Ko Young-pyo hit consecutive doubles to NC first batter Son Ah-seop and second batter Park Min-woo.
KT launched a counterattack in the third inning when lead hitter Shin Bon-ki walked, sending the tying runner to second base with Kim Sang-soo’s sacrifice bunt, and Kim Min-hyuk balanced the game with a double to left-center.
Anthony Alford’s double to left field then made it 2-1.
When NC brought the game back to square one with Kim Hyeong-jun’s timely hit in the 4th inning, Alford’s bat spun powerfully once again.
Alford, who stood at bat with one out and second base in the 7th inning with the game tied 2-2, hit the final timely hit against NC’s second pitcher Song Myeong-ki.
KT ran away with a 5-2 lead in the 8th inning thanks to two timely hits from pinch hitters Cho Yong-ho and Kim Sang-soo.
KT Park Young-hyun, who took the mound in the 8th inning with a 5-2 lead and went 1 inning with 2 strikeouts and no runs, set a new record as the youngest player ever to have 30 holds at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 2 days.
In the 9th inning, Byung-ho Park hit a 1-run home run to make it 6-2, sealing the victory.
This is Park Byung-ho’s 14th home run this season and his second consecutive home run.
NC, which could have risen to second place if it defeated KT on this day, failed to attack the opponent’s mound and fell to its knees, ending its three-game winning streak.
■ Lotte Shim Jae-min wins his first starting game in 316 games since becoming a pro in 2015.
In Gwangju, the Lotte Giants won on a rain-cold game against the KIA Tigers in the 6th inning, maintaining their glimmer of hope of advancing to the postseason.
Lotte’s starter Shim Jae-min pitched well in 5 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run, and saved the 3 runs he earned through concentrated hitting in the 3rd inning to win 3-1 over KIA and avoid their 3rd consecutive loss.
The gap between 7th place Lotte and 5th place KIA, which is one step down, is 7 games.
The match between both teams started at 7:10 PM, 40 minutes late due to rain, and rain continued throughout.
Despite the inclement weather, Lotte was the one who broke the balance between the two teams, who continued their pitching battle early in the game.스포츠토토
Lotte loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning thanks to Han Dong-hee’s walk, Lee Hak-ju’s left-field hit, and Hwang Seong-bin’s bunt infield hit.
KIA third baseman Choi Jeong-yong, who caught a quick infield ground ball hit by No. 1 hitter Yoon Dong-hee, first stepped on third base, got one out count, and tried to throw the ball home, but ended up spilling the ball.
Although it wasn’t recorded as an error because the out was caught, it was a fatal mistake that set the tone for Lotte.
KIA starter Yang Hyun-jong struck out Jeong Hoon in the ensuing crisis with one out and runners on first and second base, but allowed Ahn Chi-hong to hit a two-run double.
KIA, which was blocked by Shim Jae-min’s aggressive pitching, was only able to make up for one point thanks to Lee Woo-sung’s timely hit in the 5th inning with 2 outs and runners on second base.
Before KIA’s attack began in the bottom of the 6th inning, the rain became heavier, and after waiting 46 minutes from 9:10 PM to 9:56 PM, Lotte ended the game early.
This is the third rain cold game this season.
Shim Jae-min won as a starter for the first time in 316 games since his professional debut in 2015.
Shim Jae-min, who went 5 innings alone, earned his 4th complete game win in the league this season.
KIA, who featured Yang Hyun-jong but lost, gave up 4th place to SSG Landers, who did not have a game that day, and fell back to 5th place, half a game behind.
The game between SSG and Doosan Bears, scheduled to be held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, was canceled due to rain.
The game canceled on this day will be rescheduled for a later date.