Kiwoom Heroes escaped the terrible eight-game losing streak, but could not laugh due to Lee Jung-hoo’s injury. Kiwoom won 5-3 against Lotte Giants in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 22nd.
Starter Yariel Furado pitched five innings with seven hits, three walks, two strikeouts and two runs (two earned runs). In the remaining four innings, five bullpen pitchers were operated to prevent one run to secure the victory. Furado became the winning pitcher on the day and earned his sixth win (8 losses) of the season.
In the attack, new foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson hit a timely hit to score the first run against “glasses ace” Park Se-woong. The first hit in the KBO League became the winning hit. Lee Won-seok hit a timely hit to the left and scored additional points. In the ensuing opportunity, Song Sung-moon picked up a walk and got a full base chance, and Lee Ji-young and Kim Joo-hyung got a push-out walk and ran away to 4-0.
Kiwoom, which allowed a 4-3 chase with Yoo Kang-nam’s home run, made it 5-3 with Lee Jung-hoo’s timely hit following Kim Hye-sung’s triple in the top of the seventh inning. Closer Lim Chang-min was on the verge of first and second base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he kept the victory by hitting three batters in a row without losing a point.
Kiwoom ended its losing streak, but Lee Jung-hoo was replaced by left ankle pain, which is worrisome. Lee Jung-hoo, who started as the third batter (center fielder), was active in three at-bats, three hits, one RBI, one walk, until the seventh inning, but handled the ball in defense in the bottom of the eighth inning He complained of pain in his left ankle. Lee Jung-hoo, who could no longer play, entered the dugout with the help of his trainer.
Kiwoom plans to schedule a checkup after watching Lee Jung-hoo’s progress. Meanwhile, fifth-place Lotte (39 wins and 40 losses) earned 13 hits and seven walks, twice as many as Kiwoom, but scored only three points. Lotte, which recorded as many as 15 remaining bases, lost on the day and broke its 50% winning rate again in a day.