Challenge to win first title in two years against top-ranked LG
After completing a reverse sweep win in the playoffs, the KT Wiz have set the stage for an upset in the best-of-five Korean Series (KS-7).
KT came from behind to win 3-2 in Game 5 of the 2023 KBO Playoffs against the NC Dinos at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Friday.
After dropping the first and second games of the playoffs at home, KT won both the third and fourth games in enemy territory to bring the game to the fifth game, and won a one-point thriller in the ‘endgame’ to advance to KS.
This is the third time in the history of the best-of-five playoffs that KT has been able to overcome two straight losses with three straight wins. KT, which won the overall title in 2021, is aiming to regain the throne after two years.
Most encouragingly, KT’s strength, 온라인카지노 its starting pitching, has been revitalized.
The team won Game 3 of the playoffs with Young-pyo Ko, William Cuevas in Game 4, and Wes Benjamin in Game 5. In particular, Ko became the winning pitcher in a game that changed the tide of the game, sparking the struggles of foreign pitchers.
The bullpen, consisting of Son Dong-hyun, Park Young-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon, was also formidable
Son Dong-hyun pitched seven scoreless innings in the first round of the playoffs. He was named the playoff MVP.
Young-hyun Park recorded his fourth consecutive scoreless game (five innings), and closer Kim Jae-yoon was solid in the back end with two saves.
After leading KT to the Korean Series, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “We lost two games in a row, but I thought that if we could take the third game well, we could have an advantage in the fourth and fifth games. Go Young-pyo took advantage of that opportunity, and Cuevas and Benjamin played good starting baseball, and we made it to the Korean Series.”
Lee explained his decision to use Son Dong-hyun, saying, “When I watched him play on the first day of practice before fall baseball, he stood out to me the most, and I thought we should use him well.”
The bats were also focused.
Bae hit .375 with two home runs and eight RBIs in five postseason games, including a game-winning home run in Game 3.
In Game 4, he pounded out 14 hits, including three home runs, in the big win, and in Game 5, pinch-hitter Kim Min-hyuk revitalized the offense with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning after falling behind 0-2.
Kim Sang-soo, Park Byung-ho, and Jang Jang-woo were the only players to hit well against LG in the regular season this year
Kim Sang-soo batted .380 (19-for-50) with one home run, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored.
Park Byung-ho hit .352 with two home runs and 13 RBIs against LG this season. Jang Jang-woo has a .349 batting average against LG.
KT was 6-10 against LG this year. However, the team’s three-game winning streak in the playoffs could prove beneficial in the Korean Series.
Game 1 of the Korean Series will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 at Jamsil Stadium.