Samsung came from behind to win 5-2 after scoring three points in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing 1-2 at home against the KT Wiz at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 22nd. Samsung avenged its defeat by KT the previous day and recorded its first win in the second half. On the other hand, KT recently finished its fourth consecutive victory.
Samsung took the lead first with Kang Min-ho’s solo home run over the left in the bottom of the second inning. Kang Min-ho, who hit his 315th home run in his career, beat Park Kyung-wan (currently LG Twins battery coach, 314) to become the catcher’s most home runs in history. KT returned the game to square one with Kang Baek-ho’s walk and Bae Jung-dae’s timely hit to the right in the top of the fifth inning, trailing 0-1. Samsung starter Won Tae-in’s wild pitch and Kim Min-hyuk’s timely hit to the left turned the game around 2-1.
However, Samsung succeeded in reversing the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Samsung scored three runs on Kim Hyun-joon’s infield hit to shortstop, Kim Ji-chan’s right-handed hit, and Koo Ja-wook’s infield hit to first baseman in a two-out, second and third base chance made by consecutive hits by Park Kyung-soo and Bae Jung-dae and KT reliever Park Young-hyun. Meanwhile, Samsung tied Jose Pirella’s double, a sending bunt, and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to add one point to the game.
Samsung starter Won Tae-in failed to become a winning pitcher, but he blocked 6⅓ innings with 6 hits, 8 strikeouts and 2 runs, setting the stage for victory. Kim Tae-hoon, who played as the second pitcher, blocked ⅔ innings without losing a point and won a relief victory. Closer Oh Seung-hwan blocked one inning without losing a point and recorded a save. In the Daejeon match, the away team NC Dinos beat the Hanwha Eagles 7-5 after a close game.NC, which has won four consecutive games, ranked fifth with 41 wins, one draw and 38 losses. On the other hand, Hanwha, which lost two consecutive games, recorded 35 wins, one draw, and 42 losses.
NC’s foreign hitter Martin became the top contributor to the victory by sweeping four RBIs with two home runs, including a come-from-behind winning home run. NC starter Widener allowed only three runs in four innings, but Lee Yong-chan, who blocked no runs in 1⅓3 innings, became the winning pitcher. Hanwha’s Jung Eun-won operated a home run, but it faded due to the team’s defeat. With starting pitcher Peña stepping down without a win or loss with three runs (two earned runs) in six innings, closer Park Sang-won was under the yoke of defeat.
NC turned the game around in the top of the ninth inning, trailing 4-5, when Martin hit a come-from-behind three-run shot against Park Sang-won in a two-out, first and third base chance made by Son Ah-seop and Park Kun-woo. At Sajik Stadium, Kiwoom Heroes beat Lotte Giants 5-3 and recently broke its eight-game losing streak.
Starting pitcher Ariel Furado became the winning pitcher with seven hits, three walks and two runs in five innings. The bullpen, which was followed by Yang Hyun, Lee Myung-jong, Kim Sung-jin, Kim Jae-woong and Lim Chang-min, also kept the back door with one run in four innings. In the batting line, leading hitter Lee Jung-hoo hit three hits, and new foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson led the team to victory with a timely hit.Jamsil (LG-SSG) and Gwangju (Doosan-KIA) games scheduled to be held on the same day were canceled due to rain.