The runner rounding second base collided with the shortstop, sending him sprawling. Intense protests from the managers of both teams were exchanged. It was a moment that literally decided the game.
The Lotte Giants won the seventh game of the season against the LG Twins 2-1 and 1-0 at Jamsil Stadium on April 23.
‘Glasses’ versus ‘long hair’. The ace pitchers of the two teams traded eight innings of masterful pitching, but the game was ironically decided at the plate.
Park and Kelly both pitched flawlessly until the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, LG took the lead when Austin’s sprint to first base was ruled safe after a video review. Austin roared as he rounded first base again.
Except for a stolen base after Moon Sung-joo’s single in the third inning, Park was perfect through the first, second, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. By the eighth inning, he had thrown 92 pitches and didn’t walk a batter. His pitch count at the end of the 8th inning was only 92 pitches, making it a perfect day.
It’s been 315 days since Park threw a quality start (6+ innings, 3 earned runs or less) and no walks since August 12, 2022 against the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes (7 innings, 3 hits, no runs, 7 Ks).
That’s what made this one run so much more painful. It could have been a devastating loss for Lotte, who are now 3-12 in their last 15 games.
It was Hwang Sung-bin, the “blonde-haired charge leader,” who turned it around in the eighth inning.
LG’s Kelly had pitched a scoreless seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth inning, when leadoff hitter Yoo Kang-nam singled, Lotte immediately brought in pinch-hitter Hwang Sung-bin and ordered Kim Min-seok, who had two hits on the day, to bunt. 메이저사이트
As Kim Min-seok’s accurate bunt brought in the first run, there was a commotion at second base. Hwang Sung-bin and LG shortstop Oh Ji-hwan collided while rounding second base.
Hwang thought LG’s third base was empty, so he rounded second base with all his might. LG third baseman Moon Bo-kyung was rushing home, but it was hard to tell if third base was even contested given the tag.
Lotte manager Larry Sutton ran onto the field and protested strongly, calling it “base-running interference,” and the umpire agreed, allowing Hwang to advance to third base and declaring the play a double play.