“I will win tomorrow too.”
KIA Tigers won 2-1 in the game against Samsung Lions held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 8th. They went on a two-game winning streak and continued their push to advance to the top five.
On this day, NC suffered an upset loss to SSG and fell to 5th place, and KIA caught up with NC by 3 games.
Starting rookie Yoon Young-cheol allowed just one run in six innings, which was the stepping stone to victory. In the batting lineup, Junsu Han hit a timely first hit against his nemesis Taylor Widener, and pinch hitter Taegun Kim hit a sacrifice fly to right field with one out and bases loaded in the 8th inning, 토토사이트becoming the game-winning hit.
Closer Jeong Hae-young gave up a hit and a walk in the 9th inning and was in danger with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, but he led the last batter, Kim Dong-yeop, to a foul fly ball by third baseman and preserved the victory. He became the first Tigers player to reach 20 saves for three consecutive years.
After the game, coach Kim Jong-guk revealed the secret of victory, saying, “We had difficulty targeting the starting pitchers, but I think taking advantage of the chances and scoring points in scoring position was the driving force behind today’s victory.”
He then applauded the pitching team, saying, “Yoon Young-cheol played well in a long inning with the minimum number of runs allowed and was able to shoulder the burden of the bullpen players behind him. I would like to praise the bullpen pitchers for protecting the victory by blocking no runs.”
He also delivered a strong message that he would not give up on the fight for the top five. “The players are not giving up until the end. I think it will be a great help to the players that many fans came to the baseball stadium and cheered while the battle for rankings was fierce. I will make sure that we can play a winning game tomorrow as well,” he promised.