OH JI-HWAN’S NINTH-INNING, TWO-OUT TRIPLE GIVES LG AN 85 PERCENT CHANCE OF WINNING THE TITLE
The LG Twins have increased their chances of winning the Korean Series to 85 percent with dramatic comeback wins in two consecutive games .LG won the third game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Korean Series (best-of-four KS-7) 8-7 on Tuesday at Katie Weeds Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, thanks to Oh Ji-hwan’s game-winning three-run homer with runners on first and second in the top of the ninth inning after trailing 5-7.After a big inning in the fifth, Oh scooped up a fastball from Kim Jae-yoon and sent it over the right field fence to become the hero of the day .LG won the second game 5-4 on Park Dong-won’s game-winning two-run arch in the eighth inning two days earlier, and then snatched victory in even more dramatic circumstances with two outs in the top of the ninth to take a 2-1 series lead. In the Korean series dating back to last year, the team with the second win in a 1-1 series (including ties) had an 85% (17 of 20) chance of going on to win the series. Game 4 will be held at the same venue on November 11 at 2:00 p.m. On the coldest day of the fall, the two teams thawed out in a hotly contested game that went back and forth from lead to lead to tie to lead to tie to lead to tie .LG had the last laugh with a trio of decisive cannons.
LG broke the silence in the third inning with a single home run. After Hong Chang-ki led off the inning with a single up the middle, Park Hae-min drew a walk. Following a grounder to the first baseman by Kim Hyun-soo, runners were put on second and third with one out when No. 4 hitter Austin Dean pulled a high fastball from KT starter Wes Benjamin straight over the left field fence for a leadoff home run .KT got a run back in the bottom of the inning after Benjamin, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, got out of a jam. After a walk and a single to left by Kim Sang-soo put runners on first and second with no outs, Hwang Jae-gyun hit a two-run double to left-center field .After Park Byung-ho flied out to right field, Jang Sung-woo’s straight hit to the second baseman was turned into a double play, leaving KT with just one run, but they capitalized on back-to-back LG errors in the fifth inning .In the first inning, Jang Jang-woo’s grounder to shortstop Oh Ji-hwan was not picked up and flicked backward .LG left fielder Moon Sung-joo caught the ball as it rolled into the outfield, and KT had runners in scoring position at second and third in a flash .KT’s pinch-hitter Kim Min-hyuk took advantage of LG’s third pitcher, Ham Duk-joo, and lined a single to right to cut the deficit to 2-3.
Shortly thereafter, No. 7 Anthony Alford tied the game at 3-3 with a double off the right field fence. Pinch-hitter Lee Ho-yeon’s infield grounder was thrown out digging for third base, but with runners on first and second, No. 9 Choi Seok-ho lined a single up the middle to make it 4-3.KT rallied to take the lead, but LG came back with a cannon in the top of the sixth. With Moon Bo-kyung leading off with a single to left, KT manager Lee Kang-chul replaced starter Benjamin with right-hander Son Dong-hyun.2 He was wary of Park Dong-won, who hit the game-winning two-run homer in Game 1, but Park scooped up a 145-kilometer-per-hour fastball low in the zone from Son as if he was waiting for it, sending it over the left field fence for the game-winning two-run shot .After pulling starter Im Chan-kyu in the fourth inning and using four relievers through the fifth, LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop sent Go Woo-seok to the mound in the bottom of the eighth with a 5-4 lead after Yoo Young-chan pitched two scoreless innings in the bottom of the sixth. After giving up a game-winning double to Moon Sang-cheol in the eighth inning in the first game, Koo got off to a rough start by giving up a single to right field to the first batter he faced. After a walk to Kim Sang-soo, Hwang Jae-gyun pulled a changeup from Koo and sent the first-base bleachers into a frenzy with a tiebreaking double that landed just inside the left-field fence. Soon after, Park Byung-ho pulled a 152-kilometer-per-hour cannonball from Go Woo-seok for a two-run arch over the left field fence to give KT the win. But in the top of the ninth, Kim Jae-yoon, who had gotten two outs, walked Austin Dean to load the bases and gave up a deceptive three-run homer to Oh Ji-hwan .KT had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom 슬롯게이밍 of the ninth, but Kim Sang-soo stepped in front of the pitcher and hit a grounder.