The LG Twins are one win away from regaining the top spot in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) for the first time in 29 years.
LG defeated KT Wiz 15-4 in Game 4 of the best-of-seven 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Series at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, on Nov. 11 behind a 5⅔-inning, one-run shutout by starter Kim Yun-sik and 17 hits, including three cannonballs by Kim Hyun-soo, Moon Bo-kyung, and Oh Ji-hwan.
LG won the batting battle, as every batter in the lineup had a hit except for Shin Min-jae in the No. 9 spot, and prospect Kim Bum-seok, who came in as a pinch-hitter, also hit an RBI single up the middle.
LG, which turned the tide with back-to-back come-from-behind wins in Games 2 and 3 after a 2-3 loss in Game 1, now leads the series 3-1 and needs just one win in Games 5 and 7 at its home stadium, Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, on April 13-15 to celebrate its first Korean Series title in 29 years, since its second in 1994.
KT, which sent closer Kim Jae-yoon into the game in the fifth inning, was unable to mount a comeback, scoring just four runs on six hits and seven walks against LG’s mound.
Until last year, the odds of a team popping the championship champagne after taking a 3-1 lead in the Korean Series (including a tie) were 94 percent (16 out of 17).
In 2013, the Doosan Bears were the only team to take a 3-1 lead over the Samsung Lions before dropping three straight to celebrate.
LG left-hander Kim Yun-sik pitched three perfect innings before giving up a leadoff walk in the fourth and a no-hitter until Moon Sang-chul singled with one out in the fifth to earn the first starting win for either team in the Korean Series with 5⅔ innings of three-hit, one-run ball.
He used his three pitches – fastball, changeup, and curve – with excellent command to break up the KT hitters’ timing.
Kim Yun-sik was named the Daily Most Valuable Player (MVP) after the game and received a prize of 1 million won.
In Game 5, which will resume on the 13th, LG will start Casey Kelly and KT will start Young-pyo Ko.
LG’s momentum from the previous day, when it overturned a sweep with a three-run home run by Oh Ji-hwan in the ninth inning, carried over into Game 4.
With one out in the top of the first, Kim Hyun-soo scooped up a changeup from KT starter Uhm Sang-baek for a two-run arch over the right field fence.
Combined with his RBI single in the seventh inning, Kim Hyun-soo now has 45 RBIs in his career, surpassing Choi Jung (43 – SSG Landers) for the most RBIs in a postseason.
After blowing a chance to put runners on second and third in the second inning, 카지노사이트 LG No. 1 hitter Hong Chang-ki didn’t miss his second chance in the top of the fifth inning, when Moon Sung-joo drew a walk and Shin Min-jae singled to load the bases.
He lined a single to right field that beat KT’s Kim Jae-yoon to make it 3-0.
LG practically drove a wedge in the sixth inning with Moon Bo-kyung’s two-run homer.
Coming to the plate with the bases loaded and one out, Moon lined a fastball from Kim Jae-yoon into the left field stands for a two-run homer.
The timely home runs in games two through four put LG on the cusp of victory.
With runners on first and third in the seventh inning with a 6-1 lead, Oh pulled a changeup from KT’s fifth pitcher, Joo Woo-jeong, for a towering three-run homer to give KT the white flag.
Oh has homered in three consecutive games since Game 2, tying the record for most consecutive games with a home run in a single Korean Series, and he also collected eight RBIs, making him a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player (MVP).
LG celebrated the victory with three more runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to Moon Sung-joo’s double to left-center and Shin Min-jae’s infield grounder.
LG scored seven runs in the seventh inning with eight consecutive hits from Hong Chang-ki to Moon Sung-joo, setting a new postseason record for that category.
Trailing 5-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, KT got a run back on Kim Sang-soo’s double down the left-field line and Hwang Jae-gyun’s RBI single to left, but they had no answer for the LG bats that came alive in the middle innings. 바카라사이트