Doosan snaps three-game losing streak with 19-8 victory

The Doosan Bears used their bats to snap a three-game losing streak.

Doosan won 18-8 against the Kiwoom Heroes of the Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League 2024 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Doosan, which improved to 10-14 with double-digit wins. Kiwoom, which lost its third straight game, dropped one spot to fourth place with 12 wins and 9 losses.

Doosan avoided a loss with the help of its bats despite starter Choi Won-jun being pulled early after allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings. The second pitcher, Lee Byung-heon, was the lucky winner with one inning of two-hit ball, one strikeout and one run. His second win of the season.

The offense pounded out 22 hits and scored 18 runs. Kang Seung-ho was 6-for-6 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and three RBI, Ramos was 5-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI, and Jeon Min-jae was 5-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, two walks, three runs scored and three RBI.

Son Hyun-ki took the loss for Kiwoom, giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk in 0.1 innings. Starter Kim Sun-ki gave up three runs on five hits (one home run), one walk and four strikeouts in three innings.

Kiwoom took control of the game in the top of the first inning when Choi Joo-hwan grounded out to second base with runners on first and third, allowing third baseman Lee Yong-kyu to score.

In the second inning, Kiwoom continued its momentum. With the bases loaded, Kim Hwi-jip singled to center field, and Ko Young-woo followed with an RBI single up the middle. Lee Yong-kyu singled to center, and with runners on first and third, Song Sung-moon hit an RBI double to make it 4-0.

Doosan fought back. In the bottom of the second inning, Kang Seung-ho led off with a solo home run to left field. It was Kang’s seventh home run of the 사설토토 season. Back-to-back singles by Ramos and Jeon Min-jae put runners on first and third with nobody out when Kim Ki-yeon grounded out to the shortstop. Park Jun-young walked again to put runners on first and second, and Jeon Min-jae scored from second when Jung Soo-bin’s grounder to second base was misplayed by Go Young-woo.

Kiwoom continued its momentum with an RBI single by Kim Hui-jip in the third and an RBI single by Song Sung-moon in the fourth. Doosan kept the score close with an RBI double by Ramos in the third.

Then came the fourth inning. Doosan broke the game open with nine runs on seven hits, a hit by pitch and an error. With the bases loaded, Yang Ji-hyun hit an RBI double to tie the game at 6-6. Kim Jae-hwan drew a rare strikeout walk to load the bases again, and Kang Seung-ho followed with an RBI double to give Doosan an 8-6 lead. Doosan’s bats continued to pound Kiwoom’s mound, and a series of wild pitches and errors extended the lead to 13-6.

Kiwoom added a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Song Sung-moon and a run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Choi Joo-hwan, but the gap had already widened.

Doosan added five more runs in the bottom of the eighth, led by Park Jun-young’s home run, to make it 19-8. Jung Chul-won pitched the ninth inning to secure the win for Doosan.


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