“I’ve got the strength to keep up” 8th chase → 9th tie → 12th turnaround, Samsung’s batters in the second half are scary [Oh! Strong Gocheok]

Samsung had a 5-5 draw against Kiwoom Heroes in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 28th.

Although he failed to continue his upward trend of achieving the Winning Series against second-place SSG, he tormented Kiwoom until the end.

Starting pitcher Won Tae-in did his part. He pitched well with five hits (one home run), one walk, six strikeouts and three runs (two earned runs) in seven innings, but failed to receive scoring support from the batters.

However, batters did not become losing pitchers by tying the game in the ninth inning.

Samsung’s batters recorded 11 hits against the Kiwoom mound, hitting more hits than Kiwoom’s (15 hits). Kim Sung-yoon played well with three hits and one RBI in six at-bats, including a timely reversal in the 12th inning.

Kim Hyun-joon also helped with three hits and two RBIs in six at-bats, including an equalizer in the ninth inning, while Pirella and Lee Jae-hyun hit multi-hits but failed to make a victory.

Samsung’s batting lineup has recently been on the rise. He scored as many as 30 points in the past five games, scoring 6 points per game. In an interview before the game, coach Park Jin-man said, “In fact, I didn’t think it would be easy in the starting rotation even for the three consecutive SSG games, but I won the winning series.

The batters are reviving in the second half.

Even if you give a score, you have the power to follow it right away. “I think this atmosphere continues to lead to a good flow,” he said.

Samsung’s batters struggled greatly with Kiwoom starter Ariel Hurado’s good pitching. Furado blocked Samsung’s batters by pitching well with five hits, eight strikeouts and one run in 7⅓ innings. However, Samsung hitters began to beat the Kiwoom bullpen when Furado went down the mound. He returned the game to square one by showing his concentration to score two points in the eighth inning and two points in the ninth inning.

In the 12th inning of extra time, even though leadoff hitter Jose Pirella got on base with a double, he was caught in a run-down by Ryu Ji-hyuk’s ground ball at 3rd base with 1 out, but Kim Sung-yoon hit a timely RBI to show his concentration to reverse the game.

However, it was a pity to finish the rest.


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