Third place is now within the Tigers’ reach. The KIA Tigers showed off their 10-run firepower for the third straight game, beating the SSG Landers to extend their winning streak to seven games, 753 days after their eight-game winning streak in the 2021 season. Yoon Young-cheol’s eighth win of the season and a surprise two-run shot from Han Jun-soo highlighted the day.
On September 2, KIA won 12-4 against SSG in Munhak. The win extended their winning streak to seven games and kept them in fifth place in the league with 55 wins, two draws and 50 losses on the season. The gap to third-place SSG is now 2.5 games.
After a 10-run blitz the day before, the KIA bats came out firing from the start. After Kim Do-young and Na Sung-beom walked in the top of the first inning, KIA scored the game’s first run on Choi Hyung-woo’s RBI double with runners on first and second.
With runners on second and third, Socrates followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score another run.
In the top of the second, after Hwang Dae-in led off with a walk, Han Jun-soo followed with a four-pitch 141 km/h fastball from opposing starter Moon Seung-won for a two-run home run that traveled 115 meters.
Yoon Young-cheol, who took the mound for KIA, cruised through the second inning without allowing a run, but started to falter in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff single by Kim Sung-hyun in the bottom of the third, Lee Heung-ryun followed with a two-run home run to left field that traveled 105 meters to cut the deficit to 4-2.
KIA threatened again in the bottom of the fourth inning when Oh Tae-gon singled and stole second base. The next batter, Kim Sung-hyun, hit a single to left field to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Yoon Young-cheol took the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning with a 4-3 lead and struck out the leadoff batter, Choo Shin-soo, before giving up a bunt single to Choi Ji-hoon. However, Yoon got Choi and Heredia to fly out to second and right field, respectively, to secure his eighth win of the season.
After failing to capitalize on a two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning, KIA pulled Yoon in the bottom of the sixth and went straight to the bullpen. After Lim Ki-young pitched a scoreless sixth inning, KIA rallied in the top of the seventh.
In the top of the seventh, with runners on first and second after a walk by Park Chan-ho and a single by Na Sung-beom, Socrates took advantage of a five-pitch 132 km/h slider from reliever Ko Hyo-joon for a two-run double to right-center field to make it 6-3. With two outs and runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Ko Jong-wook singled to right center to put KIA one step closer.
In the top of the eighth, with runners on second and first, Na Sung-beom drove a three-pitch 145 km/h fastball from reliever Jung Sung-gon over the center field wall for a two-run home run that traveled 130 meters.메이저사이트
KIA allowed one run in the bottom of the eighth, but completely demolished the SSG mound with a three-run home run by Oh Sun-woo in the top of the ninth.