The LG Twins rode a game-winning two-run home run by Kim Hyun-soo to beat the Kiwoom Heroes for their third straight win.
LG won 5-3 against Kiwoom in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League at Jamsil Stadium on Nov. 11.
With its third straight win, LG (59 W, 2 D, 35 L) consolidated its lead at the top of the standings. Kiwoom (42W3D60L), which dropped to the bottom of the standings the day before, fell into a two-game losing streak and failed to climb out of last place.
LG’s Kim Hyun-soo hit a game-winning two-run homer (his fourth of the season) in the bottom of the eighth inning. Moon Bo-kyung added a leadoff solo home run (her sixth of the season).
Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young pitched six innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts, his longest outing of his career. At the plate, Kim Dong-heon went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
In the first inning, both starting pitchers were strong.
LG’s Casey Kelly worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, and Kim gave up a single to Kim Dong-heon in the top of the third inning but retired Kim Jun-wan in order.
After keeping the first and second innings scoreless, Jang Jae-young allowed Kim Min-sung to reach on an error at shortstop in the top of the third and gave up a sacrifice bunt to Park Hae-min. But he got Hong Chang-ki to ground out to first base and Moon Sung-joo to fly out to right field to get out of the jam.
Kelly and Jang Jae-young ended the fourth inning with back-to-back strikeouts.
LG broke the silence in the bottom of the fifth.
Moon Bo-kyung led off with a solo home run off Jang Jae-young’s 131-kilometer-per-hour curveball over the right field wall.
Park Dong-won followed with a double and Kim Min-sung’s sacrifice bunt loaded the bases, and Park Hae-min’s grounder to shortstop allowed the third baseman to cross home plate. Shortstop Kim Hwijip threw home, but Park Dong-won’s feet were quick.
Park then stole second base, and Moon Sung-ju exploded for a run-scoring double.
Kiwoom answered right back.
In the top of the sixth, a walk by Jeon Byung-woo, a single by Kim Dong-heon, and a walk by Kim Jun-wan loaded the bases with no outs, and Kim Hye-sung hit a single that landed next to the center fielder.
With the bases loaded, Ronnie Dawson drew a walk and scored on a wild pitch, and Song Sung-moon added a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
With the game on the line, Choo tipped the scales in favor of LG with a home run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hong Chang-ki singled and Jung Joo-hyun’s sacrifice bunt put runners on first and second. With the bases loaded, Kim Hyun-soo took a 134-kilometer-per-hour slider from Kiwoom reliever Moon Sung-hyun for a towering two-run home run. LG took a 5-3 lead.
In the top of the ninth, LG closer Go Woo-seok got a triple play to end the inning. Ko earned his 10th save of the season, marking the sixth time in his career that he has recorded double-digit saves in five consecutive seasons. 파워볼사이트