The Doosan Bears defeated the KIA Tigers behind a late inning comeback by “tiger nemesis” Kwak Bin to stay in fifth place.
Doosan won a 3-2 home game against KIA in the 2023 Baseball World Series today (Nov. 11) at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
Doosan increased its lead over sixth-place KIA to 2.5 games.메이저사이트
Doosan scored the game’s first run early on, taking advantage of KIA starter Yoon Young-chul.
In the first inning, Jeong Soo-bin and Kim Dae-hyun took advantage of Yoon’s changeup to produce back-to-back hits, and Yang Yang-ji delivered a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Kwak Bin pitched a perfect game, not allowing a single batter to reach base until the fourth inning.
Doosan extended its lead in the bottom of the fourth with a precise infield play.
With the bases loaded after a leadoff walk by Park Kye-beom, Kang Seung-ho hit a timely triple over the center fielder’s head.
Then, on Lee Yoo-chan’s infield grounder to shortstop, Kang Seung-ho made a spectacular home slide to score from third.
It was an out, but he tucked his left arm and twisted his body to make the catch at home plate.
Kwak Bin, who had been pitching well, gave up a two-out single to left field to Park Chan-ho in the top of the fifth inning for a 3-0 lead.
Down by one run, Doosan squandered a crucial scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth.
Leadoff hitter Park Kye-beom doubled to right field and Kang Seung-ho walked to put runners on third and fourth with one out, but Kim Jae-ho’s squeeze bunt was hit in front of the pitcher to end the threat.
Doosan didn’t go down without a fight, however.
Second pitcher Lee Young-ha retired the side in order in the seventh inning, and third pitcher Hong Gun-hee closed out the game to preserve the win.
Kwak Bin, who has been strong against KIA with a 1.42 ERA in three games last year and 5⅓ scoreless innings in one game this season, continued his dominance with six innings of three-hit ball, two walks and one strikeout.
At the plate, Jung Soo-bin went 3-for-4 with a home run and a run scored.
KIA’s Yoon Young-cheol, starting on four days’ rest for the first time in his career, pitched well with six innings of seven hits, five strikeouts, one walk and three runs, but couldn’t get any support from his offense and took the loss.