Kia wins another upset over Samsung – Yang Seok-hwan, Yang Ji-hyeon hit first two home runs for Jamsil

After a disastrous week, the leaders Kia Tigers bounced back in two days to extend their lead in the standings.

The Tigers defeated the visiting Samsung Lions 6-4 on Wednesday at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, in the first game of the Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League 2024.

Kia, which has already clinched first place in the first half of the season, moved to within 3.5 games and 4 games of second-place LG Twins and third-place Samsung, who both lost on the day. Kia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to leadoff hitter Kim Do-young’s 23rd home run of the season (Jung-wol) and Kim Tae-goon’s solo shot to left in the second. In the third inning, Socrates Brito hit an RBI single to right.

Samsung rallied from a 1-3 deficit in the fifth inning. Lee Sung-gyu singled, Ryu Ji-hyuk walked and Jeon Byung-woo singled to put runners on first and second, and two batters later, Kim Heon-gon and Koo Ja-rook hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 4-3.

Kia tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh off Samsung’s left-handed starter Lee Seung-hyun when Na Sung-beom doubled to left-center field, and Socrates followed with a single to left to bring him home. In the eighth, Seo Gun-chang doubled and Park Chan-ho tripled to make it 6-4. Samsung was unable to get past Kia bullpen reliever Jeon Sang-hyun with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and fell to its knees.The Doosan Bears came from behind to beat the Lotte Giants 13-8 in a wild game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. Fourth-place Doosan overtook third-place Samseong, which lost its fourth straight game, without a win. No. 4 hitter Yang Ji-hye (six RBIs) and No. 6 hitter Yang Seok-hwan (five RBIs) combined for 11 RBIs in the victory and set a new record for the first time since Jamsil Stadium opened.

Yang hit a come-from-behind grand slam to left off Lotte reliever Kim Sang-soo in the fifth inning with the score 6-3. In the bottom of the seventh inning, tied 7-7, Yang hit a single to right field. After a two-run arch in the third inning, Yang drove in the winning run with a grand slam over the right field fence in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded to make it 9-8. It was the first time two walk-off home runs were hit in the same day at Jamsil Stadium, the mecca of Korean baseball. Lotte ended its five-game winning streak and dropped to eighth place.

The ‘strongest of the bottom’, Kiwoom Heroes, defeated LG 4-1 at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul to extend their winning 먹튀검증가이드 streak to six games. Kiwoom starter Enmanuel de Jesus tossed six shutout innings, striking out eight, to become the first team to reach the 10-win plateau. The Kiwoom bats scored at the right time to take some of the pressure off De Jesus. In the first inning, Lee Ju-hyung singled and Ronnie Dawson doubled to put runners on second and third, then Kim Hye-sung’s infield grounder and Song Sung-moon’s RBI single scored two runs. Kiwoom’s Lee Ju-hyung opened the scoring in the third with a double to left field, and Kim Hye-sung followed with an RBI single to bring Lee home. After Kim Hye-sung stole second base, Song Sung-moon singled to left to extend the lead to 4-0.

LG pulled within one in the seventh after Moon Bo-kyung doubled and pinch-hitter Moon Sung-joo singled, and then Koo Bon-hyuk followed with a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs. However, Park Hae-min grounded out, Hong Chang-ki flied out to shortstop, and Shin Min-jae grounded out to end the inning. Kiwoom’s Kim Hye-sung stole three bases, becoming the eighth player in KBO history to reach 20 stolen bases in seven consecutive seasons.

KT WIZ beat the Hanwha Eagles 3-2 in Daejeon to whistle for their fifth straight win. While the game was highlighted by stellar pitching from two left-handed pitchers, KT’s Wes Benjamin and Hanwha’s Ryu Hyun-jin, KT’s timely hitting gave them the win. KT broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning with back-to-back singles by Mel Rojas Jr. and Kang Baek-ho to put runners on first and third with no outs, but Jang Sung-woo hit a sacrifice fly to left field. They added a run in the seventh on leadoff hitter Hwang Jae-gyun’s solo arch to left before scoring a run in the eighth on three consecutive hits by Kang Baek-ho, Jang Sung-woo and Oh Jae-il. Ryu threw 104 pitches over seven innings, striking out eight and allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks, but received no offensive support to end the first half with his fifth loss in five starts.

Hanwha scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after Benjamin was relieved, with the bases loaded, on an RBI single by Ahn Chi-hong, but it was not enough to put the game away. Benjamin pitched seven innings of three-hit ball with eight strikeouts and no walks to improve to 7-4.

In Changwon, the NC Dinos defeated the SSG Landers 4-1. SSG foreign left-hander Roenis Elias, making his first first-team appearance in 52 days due to a side injury, took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in 6⅔ innings. Elias gave up two home runs and four hits in the third inning alone, but he struck out six to set the tone for the second half. NC scored four runs in the third inning on Park Se-hyeok’s single to center, Seo Ho-chul’s double to left, Park Min-woo’s single to right-center and Park Gun-woo’s double to left on a passed ball. NC starter Daniel Castano pitched six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts and one walk, and then the trio of Kim Young-gyu, Kim Jae-yeol, and Lee Yong-chan combined for a scoreless inning to seal the victory.

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