The Doosan Bears recorded a great comeback drama and won 5 games in a row.
Doosan came from behind to win 8-6 against the KIA Tigers in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 15th. 6th place Doosan recorded a season record of 61 wins, 54 losses, 2 draws, and succeeded in completely eliminating the game gap with 4th place KIA (60 wins, 55 losses, 2 draws), but was unable to change the ranking due to falling behind in winning percentage. KIA fell one place to 5th place.
Doosan’s Kang Seung-ho hit a home run, triple, double, and hit in order, achieving the 30th hit for the cycle in KBO League history. This is the first personal record. The reverse cycle of hitting home runs, triples, doubles, and hits in that order is the first in the KBO. Kang Seung-ho had a perfect performance with 4 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 1 walk, and 3 RBIs.
On this day, Doosan produced six hitters of all time hit for the cycle, including Seung-ho Kang. This is the largest number of KBO teams in history. Second place is Samsung Lions, with 5 wins. During his OB days, Lim Hyeong-seok (August 23, 1992, against Jamsil Lotte) was the first to achieve it, Lee Jong-wook (April 11, 2009, against Jimsil LG), Oh Jae-won (May 23, 2014, against Jamsil Hanwha), and Park Geon-woo (June 16, 2016). Jeong Jin-ho (Gwangju KIA game) Jeong Jin-ho (Jamsil Samsung game on June 7, 2017) achieved it one after another.
# Starting lineup
Doosan: Jeong Soo-bin (center fielder) – Kim Jae-ho (shortstop) – Yang Seok-hwan (designated hitter) – Yang Eui-ji (catcher) – Kim Jae-hwan (left fielder) – Kang Seung-ho (first baseman) – Heo Gyeong-min (third baseman) – Park Gye-beom (second baseman) -Cho Soo-haeng (right fielder). Starting pitcher Brandon Waddell.
KIA:Kim Do-young (shortstop) – Lee Chang-jin (center fielder) – Na Seong-beom (designated hitter) – Choi Hyeong-woo (left fielder) – Kim Seon-bin (second baseman) – Lee Woo-seong (right fielder) – Hwang Dae-in (first baseman) – Han Jun-su (catcher) – Choi Jeong-yong (3rd baseman) . Starting pitcher Yoon Young-cheol
# Only 1G car, Doosan-KIA, life or death in 3-game series… Taking the lead was important. Doosan
coach Lee Seung-yeop and KIA coach Kim Jong-guk were well aware of the importance of this three-game series. Before the game, Doosan was in 6th place with 61 wins, 57 losses, and 1 draw, and KIA was in 4th place with 60 wins, 54 losses, and 2 draws. Although there was a two-tier difference in rankings, the distance between the two teams was only one game. KIA had to somehow accumulate wins to stay in the top 5, and Doosan had to seize this opportunity to move up to 4th place if they swept the series.
Doosan came to Gwangju prepared to pour in all of its first, second, and third starters, including Brandon Waddell, Raul Alcantara, and Kwak Bin. However, KIA could not compete with foreign pitchers. Thomas Panoni did not have enough rest days after appearing against Samsung in Daegu on the 12th, and Mario Sanchez left the team due to an elbow injury and is rehabilitating in the second team. It was important for young pitchers such as Yoon Young-cheol and Hwang Dong-ha to set the tone for the first and second games of the series.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “Since two weeks ago, every game and every series has been a very important game. I think this three-game series will be the most important game. I want to show good performance in the game where the first, second, and third starters play. Rojas also played today. “Starting on the 15th, we can stand by as a pinch hitter. We have a one-game gap with KIA, but if we don’t worry about the gap and apply it well in the game as we have been practicing since camp, I think we will be able to play a good game,” he said. .
Coach Kim Jong-guk said calmly, “What should we do? We have to use only domestic players. Especially the young players are going out today and tomorrow. I hope they don’t feel any pressure.”
# 32 pitches in one episode alone… KIA Yoon Young-cheol’s early strong performance was a success.
KIA’s youngest member Yoon Young-cheol, a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year, took on the important responsibility of taking charge of the first game of an important series. Young-Cheol Yoon has consistently been in the starting rotation this season, recording 21 games, 8 wins, 6 losses, 103 innings, and an average ERA of 4.19. Although his earned run average is high, being responsible for eight wins was enough to earn him rave reviews in his rookie season.
At first, he seemed unable to shake off the pressure of the big game. Young-Cheol Yoon was sweating as he threw 32 balls in the first inning alone. He thought he had induced Kim Jae-ho with a fly ball to left center with one out in the top of the first inning, but the game went awry as it ended up being a double that fell over left fielder Choi Hyeong-woo’s glove right in front of the fence. With 1 out and 2nd base, Yang Seok-hwan’s batted ball hit the 3rd baseman and became a hit in front of the shortstop, putting the team in danger of 1 out and 1st and 3rd base. In the end, Doosan’s fourth batter, Yang Eui-ji, hit a timely hit to the right to take the lead 1-0.
Young-Cheol Yoon did not give up any additional runs despite being unable to manage the number of pitches. In the ensuing crisis with 1 out, runners on 1st and 2nd base, he struck out Kim Jae-hwan with a missed swing. When Kang Seung-ho was walked and the bases loaded with two outs, Heo Gyeong-min was grounded to shortstop to end the long first inning.
Young-Cheol Yoon was in danger for the second time in the top of the third inning with the score tied 1-1. After two outs, Kang Seung-ho hit a left-field home run to make it 2-1. With the ball count of 0-1, the change-up on the second pitch went high and ended up being a miss, so I had no choice but to hit a long hit. Kang Seung-ho’s 6th shot of the season.
Young-Cheol Yoon found himself in trouble once again when, after one out in the top of the fourth inning, Jo Su-Haeng was sent out with an infield hit to the left of second base. He returned the next batter, Jeong Soo-bin, with a grounder to second base and held on until 2 outs and runners on second base, and the number of pitches reached 76. In the end, KIA replaced the mound with Kim Jae-yeol. Doosan was unable to completely destroy Yoon Young-cheol, but was successful in quickly activating the bullpen.
Young-Cheol Yoon came down from the mound with an expression full of regret after allowing only 2 runs with 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 3 strikeouts in 3⅔ innings. Yoon Young-cheol’s highest fastball speed was 137 km, and the average speed was 135 km. While he relies most on his slider (28), he throws a mix of changeups (15) and curveballs (8).
# Lee Woo-sung, who was unfairly involved in a collision with the first base umpire, got his relief with his first grand slam.
Lee Woo-sung was put in an unfair situation in the bottom of the second inning. Leadoff hitter Choi Hyeong-woo reached base with a double to right-center, then Kim Sun-bin’s sacrifice bunt put the team on third base with one out. I thought Woo-sung Lee would retire with a ground ball to third base, but at this time, third baseman Gyeong-min Heo made a throwing error. Lee Woo-sung tried to advance to second base while checking for a missed batted ball, but at this time, he collided with first base umpire Na Gwang-nam. Both Lee Woo-sung and Na Gwang-nam, first base umpires, fell down, and were so shocked that they could not easily make their next move. Doosan second baseman Park Gye-beom took advantage of this opportunity to tag out Lee Woo-seong. Third base runner Choi Hyeong-woo scored to balance the score at 1-1, and the situation that could have led to an opportunity with one out and a runner on second base changed to a situation where there was no runner on second out and the team failed to score an additional point.
The disappointment of the previous at-bat was blown away with one exciting blow. In the bottom of the 4th inning, with Doosan leading 2-1, starting pitcher Brandon hit a double to right field by leadoff hitter Na Seong-beom, then sent out Choi Hyeong-woo and Kim Sun-bin with a walk and a hit, respectively, and the team was greatly shaken. Lee Woo-sung stood at the plate with a golden opportunity with no outs and bases loaded, and with the ball count of 2-2, he hit the 7th pitch slider to the center without missing a beat, leading to a grand slam to the left.
Lee Woo-sung graduated from Daejeon High School and began his professional career at Doosan in 2013. He found a new home with NC Dinos through a trade in 2018, and continued his career as a player at KIA through another trade in 2019. In his 11th year as a professional until this year, he hit 18 home runs in 428 games, and it was his first home run with the bases loaded. KIA seemed to have an early lead as they quickly turned the game around to 2-5.
# KIA Lee Woo-sung? Doosan had Kang Seung-ho… However, the happiness of Brandon’s collapse and
KIA’s 3-point lead did not last long. If KIA had Lee Woo-sung, Doosan had Kang Seung-ho. In the top of the 5th inning, Kim Jae-yeol hit a left-field hit to Yang Eui-ji with one out, and in the process of giving Kim Jae-hwan a walk, he was unable to prevent first base runner Yang Eui-ji from running past second base and all the way to third base. When Yang Eui-ji attempted to steal second base, a walk was declared and the base automatically advanced instead of a stolen base. Yang Eui-ji, who identified the loophole that left third base empty while the KIA infield shifted defense, ran to third base without slowing down and managed to steal the base. Completed.
Yang Eui-ji’s clever base running play led to an additional point. In the ensuing crisis with one out and runners on first and third base, Kim Jae-yeol chose to compete with Kang Seung-ho, who had hit a home run in the previous at-bat. There was also a way to skip Kang Seung-ho and use the bases-loaded strategy, but while competing with Kang Seung-ho, who had a good feel, he hit a timely triple with 2 RBIs in right-center. Doosan followed up to 4-5, and Kim Jae-yeol, who collapsed, hit a timely hit to left by the next batter, Heo Gyeong-min, with one out and runners on third base, making it 5-5.
It was difficult to catch up, but Brandon kept shaking. In the bottom of the 5th inning, leadoff hitter Lee Chang-jin hit a heavy hit, and next hitter Na Seong-beom retired with a fly ball to left field. Doosan tried to tie up the runner on first base by making a quick relay play from left fielder Kim Jae-hwan → shortstop Kim Jae-ho → first baseman Kang Seung-ho, but the first baseman made a catching error. First base runner Lee Chang-jin reached third base at this time.
In the ensuing crisis with one out and a runner on third base, Kim Sun-bin continued the momentum that was briefly interrupted when Choi Hyeong-woo ended up hitting a grounder to first base. Kim Sun-bin hit a timely hit to right-center to make it 5-6, and Doosan removed Brandon from the mound and brought up Young-ha Lee.
Doosan may have prepared for this day’s game, calculating that Brandon would last at least 6 innings. However, Brandon bowed his head as he allowed only 6 runs (4 earned runs), 7 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 6 strikeouts in 4⅔ innings over 89 pitches. KIA even succeeded in unloading starter Brandon early and opening the door to the Doosan bullpen early.
# Pinch hitter Park Jun-young’s tie… Home run → triple → double Kang Seung-ho achieved reverse hit for the cycle with an infield hit.
Doosan prepared to counterattack again in the top of the 8th inning. It was a hit when Jo Soo-haeng, the lead hitter, took out the pinch hitter Park Jun-young’s card during his at-bat. Park Jun-young was dragged by KIA left-hander Choi Ji-min with a ball count of 0-2, but he hit a good change-up on the third pitch and went over the wall to his left. It was a powerful shot that balanced the 6-6. Park Jun-young’s third shot of the season.
Kang Seung-ho achieved a hit-for-cycle record in his last at-bat in the top of the 9th inning. Previously, he hit a solo shot in the top of the second inning, a triple in the top of the fifth, and a double in the top of the seventh, leaving one single. With one out and Jose Rojas walking, Kang Seung-ho’s final at-bat came. Seung-ho Kang recorded his first cycling hit in his career by hitting an infield hit that went in front of the first baseman after being hit by a pitcher. Seung-ho Kang continued the streak of great records 690 days after Jeong-hoo Lee (Kiwoom Heroes), who recorded a cycling hit against Hanwha in Daejeon on October 25, 2021.
Afterwards, Heo Gyeong-min got a walk, leading to a chance to load the bases with one out, and pinch hitter Kim In-tae got on base with a push-out walk, turning the score around 7-6. KIA tried to break the trend by replacing shaky closing pitcher Jeong Hae-young with Jang Hyun-sik, but Park Jun-young was repeatedly walked with bases loaded with one out, and ran away with the score 8-6.
Doosan’s bullpen laid the foundation for victory while Brandon collapsed. Lee Young-ha (1⅓ innings), Kim Kang-ryul (1 inning), Kim Myeong-shin (1 inning), and Jeong Cheol-won (1 inning)스포츠토토pitched without allowing any runs. The winning pitcher is Myung-shin Kim.
# Seung-yeop’s comment Doosan
coach Lee Seung-yeop said after the game, “Today (the 15th) is Kang Seung-ho’s day. The record of cycling hits is great, but all of those hits came at moments when the team really needed them. It means a lot to both the team and the individual. “There is. I sincerely congratulate you on your personal first and 30th record in history,” he said first.
He continued, “On the mound, starting pitcher Brandon left the mound early, but all of the bullpen pitchers who came on the mound after him did their duty. I am grateful to the players who did not lose concentration until the end despite the short game time in humid weather, and for supporting us until the end. “I’m also grateful to the fans,” he added.
# Injury clearance
KIA Choi Hyeong-woo suffered from dizziness ahead of defense in the top of the 7th inning and was replaced by Socrates Brito.
Doosan Kim Jae-hwan was replaced by Jose Rojas before the defense in the bottom of the 6th inning. The decision was made to protect the player, as he collided with the fence while fielding in the bottom of the fifth inning and suffered a bruise on his right knee.