Professional baseball Lotte Giants won their first win of the valuable season in the second game of opening season. Pitcher Na Kyun-an, who won the title of ‘first full-time starting pitcher’ after joining Lotte, won his first win of the season with a good feeling by striking out 4 and not allowing a run. Lotte won 1 win and 1 loss in the opening series against Doosan.
Lotte won 2-0 with Han Dong-hee’s final blow in the second메이저놀이터 game against Doosan in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 2nd. Lotte washed away the pain of an 11th bitter come-from-behind defeat to Doosan in the opening game on the 1st and finished the opening series with 1 win and 1 loss.
Lotte won the match thanks to the performances of pitcher Na Kyun-ahn and third baseman Han Dong-hee. Na Kyun-an pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Han Dong-hee was responsible for the team’s score by hitting a double with two crucial RBIs at the right time.
The match was expected to be a fierce battle between the two teams. However, the flow of the game was 180 degrees different. Lotte starter Na Kyun-an and Doosan starter Choi Won-joon overwhelm the opposing team’s batting line with excellent command and position. Na Kyun-an and Choi Won-joon overwhelmed the batters by giving up only 4 hits and 2 hits, respectively, until the 6th inning.
The tight 0-0 balance was broken in the 7th inning. Lotte defeated Choi Won-joon, who had fallen in pitch. 4th Jeon Jun-woo, who came in as the second batter in the 7th inning, hit a single in front of the left fielder, laying the groundwork for a run. As the hit and run operation succeeded in the at-bat of the 5th hitter Koh Seung-min, Lotte created a situation with 1 company, 1st and 3rd base.
Han Dong-hee entered the plate. Han Dong-hee was in a sluggish situation with no hits in 9 at-bats until the 7th at-bat. Han Dong-hee hit a 125 km/h slider from Doosan pitcher Go Won-jun and hit a timely hit that cut through the middle left. Lotte took a 2-0 lead as Jun-Woo Jeon and Seung-Min Ko dug into the home.
Lotte Na Gyun-an allowed a walk and a hit at the end of the 7th inning, facing a crisis with 2 out 1st and 2nd base. Manager Larry Sutton removed Na Kyun-an and replaced him with rookie Lee Tae-yeon. Lee Tae-yeon saved the team from the risk of conceding runs by disposing of Doosan number one hitter Shin Sung-hyun as a third baseman fly-out. Following the opening match, Lee Tae-yeon made a series of appearances and performed well, turning on the blue light to enter the pitching group.
At the end of the 8th inning, Lotte launched a winning pitcher. Goo Seung-min climbed the mound. Koo Seung-min allowed a single to No. 2 Heo Gyeong-min, who came out as the lead batter, but got out of the crisis himself by turning Doosan batters No. 3, 4, and 5 with two ground balls and a flyout.
Lotte raised pitcher Kim Won-joong in the ninth inning. Kim Won-joong finished the game by blocking Doosan hitters without conceding. Lotte’s Na Gyun-ahn recorded the first win of the season, Lee Tae-yeon and Koo Seung-min’s first hold, and Kim Won-joong’s first save.
Lotte lost 10-12 to Doosan in the opening game on the 1st, allowing a 3-run home run at the end of the 11th inning. Lotte took a 10-9 lead in the early 11th inning with Rex’s one RBI, but suffered a bitter defeat by giving up a 3-run home run to Doosan No. 4 Rojas in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Lotte will play three consecutive away matches against SSG Landers at Incheon Munhak Stadium from the 4th. It seems that Park Se-woong will be the starting pitcher for the first match against SSG.