In the LG Twins, Daedo (大盜), the only player in KBO League history, will bat at number 9, and Clutch Hitter, who ranks second in the league in scoring average (0.353), will bat at number 1. LG, ranked 1st, completely destroyed SSG Landers’ back with firepower beyond common sense, proving why they are a strong candidate for the championship.
LG won 10-4 over SSG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season home game held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 16th.
With this, LG, who had won two games in a row, solidified its first place position with 72 wins, 2 draws, and 47 losses, widening its lead over 2nd place KT Wiz (67 wins, 3 draws, 54 losses), who had not played a game, to 6 games. Meanwhile, SSG, who suffered three consecutive losses, fell to 5th place with 62 wins, 2 draws, and 57 losses (win rate 0.521), falling behind the KIA Tigers (60 wins, 2 draws, 55 losses, win rate 0.522), who had no game today due to rain cancellation.
The difference in firepower was significant. LG’s starting pitcher Kelly performed poorly, allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the batting line continued to produce 15 long and short hits and immediately took the win. SSG starter Oh Won-seok, despite his struggles, allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 1 strikeout in 5⅔ innings due to arson by a relief pitcher, recording his 9th loss (6 wins) of the season.
Park Hae-min, who played as the number 9 hitter, recorded 1 hit in 3 at-bats, 1 walk, and 2 runs, while also stealing his 20th base of the season, making him the second player in KBO League history to steal 20 bases in 11 consecutive seasons (2006-2016) after Geun-Woo Jeong (retired) had 20 consecutive seasons in 11 seasons (2006-2016). Achieved 20 stolen bases. Hong Chang-gi played his part as a table setter with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs, and Shin Min-jae went 2 hits in 5 at-bats with 2 RBIs. Austin showed explosive power with 2 hits in 4 at bats, Bo-Kyung Moon went 3 hits in 4 at bats, 1 RBI, 2 runs, and Park Dong-won went 2 hits in 3 at bats, 1 RBI, 1 walk, and 1 run.
September 16 SSG Landers-LG Twins starting lineup
SSG is Choo Shin-soo (designated hitter) – Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder) – Choi Jeong (third baseman) – Guillermo Heredia (left fielder) – Choi Joo-hwan (first baseman) – Park Seong-han (shortstop) – Han Yu-seom (right fielder) – Kim Seong-hyeon (second baseman) – Kim Min-sik (Catcher) was the batting order. The starter is left-hander Oh Won-seok.
LG has Hong Chang-gi (right fielder) – Shin Min-jae (second baseman) – Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter) – Austin Dean (first baseman) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Moon Bo-kyung (third baseman) – Park Dong-won (catcher) – Moon Seong-ju (left fielder) – Park Hae-min (center fielder) ) was formed as a batting line. The starting pitcher is right-hander Casey Kelly.
On this day, due to nationwide rain, all games at four stadiums except Jamsil Baseball Stadium were canceled, and LG and SSG, which have tight game schedules, also expressed their difficulties. Both teams have a double header the next day (17th), so if this game is canceled, they will play 9 consecutive games until the 24th. LG’s Adam Plutko and Choi Won-tae are missing from the starting rotation, and SSG’s lower-ranking starting lineup below Kim Gwang-hyun continues to falter, so even a day’s rest is important.
According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, rain is forecast in Seoul from 5 to 9 p.m., the start time of the game, so good pitching from both teams’ starting pitchers is needed for the game to be played quickly. This season, Kelly has 26 games, 8 wins, 7 losses, and an average ERA of 4.08, and his record against SSG is 3 games, 1 win, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 4.76. SSG starter Oh Won-seok is very weak with 6 wins and 8 losses in 23 games this season, with an ERA of 5.48, and 2 losses in 2 games against LG, with an ERA of 12.60.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said in an interview before the game, “If (Oh) Won-seok doesn’t go, (Moon) Seung-won will have to go, but when I looked at the records of the two against LG, they were almost similar. So, since LG has a lot of left-handed hitters, I thought Won-seok would be better among the two. “I saw it,” he explained.
Ho-bi Parade, which created a forced pitcher’s battle… ‘Daedo’ Park Hae-min, who broke a tight 1-run game, stole 20 bases in 10 consecutive seasons for the ‘2nd time in KBO’
The two starting pitchers, who had poor opposing records, had an unexpected pitching battle in which both teams scored only one run until the fourth inning. Although there were some good pitches, it was possible thanks to the excellent performance parade from both teams’ fielders.
Shin-Soo Choo’s ground ball in the top of the first inning was handled by third baseman Bo-Kyung Moon, who was between first and second base due to a defensive shift, moving a considerable distance. Kelly, who gained strength, started the game in a good mood by striking out Choi Ji-hoon on a missed swing, catching Choi Jeong with a fly ball to left field, and hitting a three-way strike. It was LG’s responsibility to take the lead. In the bottom of the first inning, Hong Chang-gi stole base following a left-field hit, headed to third base when Shin Min-jae hit a ground ball, and hit home when Kim Hyun-soo hit a ground ball.
Kelly was in danger of scoring when Park Seong-han hit a double to left field with two outs in the second inning. However, the inning ended when catcher Park Dong-won, who saw that Park Seong-han had widened the lead, threw to second base and caught it.
SSG second baseman Kim Seong-hyun put on a great show alone. He was responsible for all three out counts in the third inning. He received applause by catching Shin Min-jae’s batted ball that crossed the key with a jump catch. In the 4th inning, he caught a batter with a quick wit. Kim Seong-hyun, who was unable to catch Oh Ji-hwan’s batted ball at first base with one out and one out, pushed the bouncing ball back with his glove and caught Austin, the toss’ lead runner, to second base.
LG also had Oh Ji-hwan and Hong Chang-ki fighting back. In the 5th inning, right fielder Hong Chang-gi ran from a distance and caught Park Seong-han’s well-hit ball with a sliding catch. Kim Seong-hyun’s ground ball was not caught by Oh Ji-hwan at once, but he immediately hit a strong throw to first base, creating an out count.
It was Park Hae-min, the representative player of the KBO League, who shook up the tight game by one point. Park Hae-min hit Oh Won-seok’s first-pitch slider with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and reached base with a single to left. He succeeded in stealing his 20th base of the season by stealing second base during Hong Chang-ki’s at-bat. Hong Chang-ki’s timely hit homered, and Shin Min-jae’s hit to left followed by Kim Hyun-soo’s timely hit with an RBI single to right-center, giving LG a 3-0 lead.
LG, which scored 9 points in the 5th to 7th innings, put it to rest with the firepower of ‘SSG’s belated counterattack’
From the start of the second half of the game, both teams’ batting lineups were on fire. With SSG trailing 0-3 and one out in the top of the 6th inning, Choo Shin-soo and Choi Ji-hoon got consecutive hits and Choi Jeong got a walk to load the bases. Kelly failed to make a quality start for five consecutive games as Heredia tied the score at 3-3 with a timely hit with 1 RBI and Joo-hwan Choi with a timely hit with 2 RBIs. Kim Jin-seong, who pitched in relief, allowed one more run, and Kelly’s final record was 5 ⅓ innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 4 runs. Kelly threw a total of 86 pitches (30 fastballs, 20 cutters, 20 curves, 10 two-seam fastballs, and 6 changeups), and the maximum speed was 150 km/h.
LG silenced SSG’s belated counterattack with firepower. With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Moon Bo-kyung opened the game with a double to the right field. Park Dong-won’s walk and Moon Seong-ju’s ground ball put the runners on first and third base with two outs, and SSG put in a game-winning move by inserting sure-to-win pitcher Ko Hyo-jun. Ko Hyo-jun walked Park Hae-min to get on base, and SSG’s chances of winning collapsed in front of the two table setters Hong Chang-gi and Shin Min-jae.
Before today’s game, Hong Chang-ki’s batting average in scoring range was 0.353, ranking second in the league. Hong Chang-gi pushed Go Hyo-jun’s slider that came in flat and hit it to the finish line, leading to a timely hit with 2 RBIs in the middle of the game. Subsequently, Shin Min-jae’s batted ball hit Park Seong-han’s glove and was a lucky 2-run hit to the left-center field, giving LG a 7-4 lead, instantly turning the mood toward the home team. Oh Won-seok threw a total of 92 pitches (50 fastballs, 23 sliders, 13 change-ups, and 6 curveballs), hitting fastballs at a maximum speed of 148 km/h. The final record was 5⅔ innings, 9 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 5 runs allowed.먹튀검증
For SSG, the offense in the top of the 7th inning was disappointing. Against the changed pitcher Yoo Young-chan, Choi Hang and Choo Shin-soo got on base in succession with straight walks. However, Choi Ji-hoon’s fly ball to center field, Choi Jeong struck out on 3 pitches, and Heredia got on base with a walk, but Joo-hwan Choi struck out on Baek Seung-hyun’s slider and failed to chase.
On the other hand, LG continued to show off its firepower. As SSG replaced the battery with catcher Cho Hyeong-woo and pitcher Choi Min-jun, leadoff hitter Austin reached base with a double to right-center. Austin, who had advanced to third base with Oh Ji-hwan’s sacrifice bunt, was brought home by Moon Bo-kyung with a double down the right field line. Park Dong-won then hit a timely hit with an RBI single to left-center, and Moon Seong-ju also hit a triple to the left-center outfield to give LG a 10-4 lead.
SSG created a chance in the top of the 9th inning with 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd base, but was unable to make up a single point, confirming LG’s 10-4 victory.