‘Ko Jong-wook 9th pinch hit finish’ KIA, 7-6 thrilling victory over Doosan.

The KIA Tigers took revenge for the lethargic defeat the day before.

KIA won 7-6 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Doosan Bears match held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 8th with Ko Jong-wook’s timely hit to end the 9th. KIA, who recovered from a 1-4 loss on the 7th, became 2-2, and Doosan recorded 4-3.

Lee Chang-jin had 3 hits and 2 runs, and Socrates had 2 hits and 3 RBIs, 안전놀이터including 1 home run. Choi Hyung-woo also contributed to the victory with 2 hits (1 home run) and 3 RBIs, and Kim Gyu-seong also contributed to the victory with 3 hits (1 RBI), the most in an individual game. In Doosan, Kang Seung-ho, Kim Jae-hwan, Yang Seok-hwan, and Song Seung-hwan each recorded two hits and multi-hits.

After one run in the bottom of the first inning, KIA went on base with a hit by Lee Chang-jin, and Socrates hit a two-run gun in the middle of the month and succeeded in taking the lead 2-0. In the beginning of the 4th inning, Doosan tied the score at 2-2 with Song Seung-hwan and Jang Seung-hyeon hitting two consecutive timely hits in the first and second bases, which were made by Yang Eui-ji and Yang Seok-hwan’s consecutive walks.

Doosan turned around in the top of the 5th inning with Kang Seung-ho’s hit and Kim Jae-hwan’s 1 RBI double. Yang Seok-hwan scored an RBI sacrifice fly on first and third bases, leading to Yang Eui-ji’s hit, leading 4-2.

KIA turned it over again right at the end of the 5th inning. Park Chan-ho and Lee Chang-jin’s hits put them on 1st and 3rd, then Socrates hit a sacrifice fly with an RBI. Then, Hyung-Woo Choi from 1 out 1 base fired a reversal Woo Joong-Wol two-run gun.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Kim Ho-ryeong’s infield hit and Joo Hyo-sang’s sacrifice bunt gave KIA a chance to run 1 out and 2 base, and Kim Kyu-seong hit a timely RBI and ran away. However, Doosan succeeded in tying the score at 6-6 in the top of the ninth with Kang Seung-ho’s hit and Kim Jae-hwan’s large home run. In the bottom of the 9th inning with one out and bases loaded, KIA saved the team with a timely ending hit by pinch hitter Ko Jong-wook over the right fielder.

Both teams’ selections failed to add a win. Doosan starter Choi Won-joon recorded 8 hits (2 home runs), 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and 5 runs in 5 innings, resulting in his 2nd loss of the season. KIA starter Lee Eui-ri was shaken with 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, 5 walks and 2 runs in 3 innings. KIA finisher Jeong Hae-young recorded the first salvation win and blown save of the season at the same time.

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