LG reduced the regular season winning magic number to ’10.
LG won 5-1 in the game against Hanwha held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 24th. LG, who won for two days in a row, had 78 wins, 2 draws, and 48 losses, and the magic number for victory was 10.
Then, in Changwon, NC fell behind 3-5 to Doosan after a close game in the 11th inning of overtime, but won the comeback with Park Han-gyeol’s 2-RBI double and Doosan’s defensive error with the bases loaded and no outs.
If NC had lost, LG’s magic number could have decreased by one more to ‘9’. LG’s magic number is decreasing depending on the wins and losses of 3rd place NC, which has more games left than 2nd place KT.
LG starting pitcher Choi Won-tae took the mound against메이저놀이터 Hanwha and hit the highest fastball speed of 148km, becoming the winning pitcher with 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and 1 run in 7 innings. 9th win of the season.
Choi Won-tae, who recently returned to the second team due to poor performance, showed the most stable pitching content after being traded to LG. It was my first Quality Start Plus. Kim Jin-seong took the mound in the 9th inning with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases ahead with a 5-1 lead and earned a save for the second day in a row.
LG hit four hits, including Austin’s solo home run in the 4th inning, Kim Hyun-soo’s solo home run in the 6th, and back-to-back home runs by Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Min-seong in the 7th. Minseong Kim achieved his 1,400th hit in his career with a home run.
Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop praised after the game, “Choi Won-tae increased his four-seam and change-up ratio and laid the foundation for victory by playing a good role as a starter, and we were able to finish with baseball that our winning team protected by taking responsibility for their own innings.”
He continued, “In terms of offense, Hong Chang-ki’s game-winning hit in the third inning set the tone for the overall game, and starting with Austin, Kim Hyun-soo, Oh Ji-hwan, and Kim Min-seong hit four home runs, and I was happy to be able to show baseball that brought joy to the fans.”
More than 20,000 spectators visited Jamsil Stadium for two consecutive days. Coach Yeom said, “We were able to win thanks to the enthusiastic support of many fans who came to visit us over the weekend. Thank you.”