토스카지노The Hanwha Eagles’ momentum is through the roof. They have won eight straight games for the first time in 18 years.
Hanwha rode the back-to-back home runs of Noh Si-hwan to a 10-4 victory over the Samsung Lions of the Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League 2023 at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on 1 January.
It was Hanwha’s eighth consecutive victory, having piled up wins since the 21st of last month against the KIA Tigers in Daejeon.
It’s the first time in 18 years that Hanwha, once the “last place team in the world,” has won eight straight games.
Hanwha won eight straight games from 4 June 2005 against the Doosan Bears in Cheongju to 12 June 2005 against the LG Twins in Daejeon, and then won nine straight games on 14 June against unranked KIA.
It had been 18 years since the last seven-game winning streak.
With their 31st win (W4 D37 L), Hanwha remained in eighth place and furthered their push for a mid-table finish.
Outfielder Roh Si-hwan swung the bat with aplomb to lead Hanwha to victory. He blasted back-to-back home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Choi Jae-hoon added to the Hanwha bats with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs.
With ample batting support, Hanwha starter Ricardo Sanchez pitched six innings of five-hit ball, striking out five and walking one to earn his fifth win of the season.
Samsung lost for the fourth straight time despite sending out foreign ace David Buchanan. They remained in last place with 27 wins and 45 losses.
Buchanan, who was badly shaken by two home runs from Noh Si-hwan, gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits (two homers) with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings and suffered his sixth loss of the season (five wins).
Samsung struck first. In the bottom of the first inning, Jose Pirela walked and stole second, and Kang Min-ho followed with a single up the middle.
Down by a run, Hanwha quickly turned the game around with two home runs from Noh Si-hwan.
In the top of the fourth inning, Noh Si-hwan led off with a solo home run to left field (his 16th of the season) to tie the game.
After Moon Hyun-bin singled and Chung Eun-won walked to put runners on first and second, Choi Jae-hoon lined a single to right.
In the top of the fifth, a throwing error by the shortstop and a single by Kim In-hwan put runners on first and second with no outs. Noh crushed a two-seam curveball from Buchanan over the right field fence for his 17th home run of the season. It was Noh’s fourth career back-to-back home run.
Hanwha increased its lead to 6-1 in the top of the sixth inning when Lee Do-yoon singled and stole second and Lee Jin-young lined a single to left field.
In the seventh, Jeong Eun-won doubled to right-centre and Choi Jae-hoon singled to right to make it a one-run game.
Hanwha added three more runs in the top of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
In the top of the eighth, Lee Jin-young and Kim In-hwan singled to put runners on first and second, and Chae Eun-sung hit an RBI single to centre to give Hanwha an 8-1 lead.
After Moon Hyun-bin was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jeong Eun-won’s grounder to first base was poorly handled by Samsung pitcher Kim Dae-woo, who was covering first base, and the two runners came home.
Samsung scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on three doubles and an RBI single by Ahn Ju-hyung, but the game was already out of reach.
At Jamsil Stadium, KIA snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the LG Twins.
With the three-game losing streak over, KIA has 30 wins, one draw and 37 losses. They remain in ninth place. Leaders LG, meanwhile, ended their five-game winning streak to move to 46 wins, two draws and 27 losses.
It was LG who took the lead first.
In the bottom of the third inning, leadoff hitter Park Hae-min hit a triple to right-centre field, and Shin Min-jae followed with a single to left. Shin Min-jae advanced to third on a stolen base and Hong Chang-ki’s fly to right before Moon Sung-joo scored from second.
However, KIA scored five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead.
In the top of the fourth, Choi Hyung-woo was hit by a pitch and Socrates Brito singled up the middle to put runners on first and second, and Hwang Dae-in singled up the middle.
Ryu Ji-hyuk singled to left to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Ko Jong-wook followed with a double down the right field line to bring home two.
With runners on second and third, Park Chan-ho hit an infield single to drive in Ryu Ji-hyuk from third. Choi Won-jun followed with an RBI single to right, giving KIA a 5-1 lead.
LG got one run back in the bottom of the fifth when Moon Sung-joo singled, stole second and Kim Hyun-soo singled to left-centre, but that was it.
Kia held on for the two-run victory thanks to its bullpen. Starting with Lee Jun-young (⅔ innings), who came on with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Jeon Sang-hyun (1⅔ innings) and Choi Ji-min (1⅓ innings) pitched consecutive scoreless innings.
Entering the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 5-2 lead, Choi preserved the win and earned her third save of the season (2-2).
Kim Ki-hoon, who came on in relief of starter Kim Gun-guk and pitched 1⅓ scoreless innings, earned the win. It was his second win of the season.
At the plate for KIA, Hwang Dae-in was the star of the show, going 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.
LG starter Adam Plutko took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in four innings. It was the first loss of the season for Plutko, who had won 10 of his previous 15 starts without a loss.
At the Gocheok Sky Dome, the Kiwoom Heroes defeated the SSG Landers 6-3.
Kiwoom, who avenged their loss the day before, moved to 35 wins, two draws and 38 losses to stay in fifth place. Second-placed SSG, which moved to 44 wins, one draw and 28 losses, failed to close the gap on leaders LG, who also lost on the day.
Kiwoom’s signature batsman Lee Jung-hoo showed off his batting prowess. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Kiwoom starter Ian McKinney pitched six innings of three-hit ball, striking out five and walking two to secure the win.
McKinney, who wore the Kiwoom jersey as a substitute, had suffered the yoke of defeat in his KBO debut against Doosan on 25 March, but picked up his first win in his second outing.
SSG’s foreign pitcher Roenis Elias suffered his third loss of the season (3-3) after giving up three runs on 11 hits in six innings.
Kiwoom opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Lee Hyung-jong doubled and Kim Hye-sung singled to left field with the bases loaded after an error.
Kiwoom added two more runs in the sixth inning after McKinney pitched a strong inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lee Jung-hoo doubled to right and Lee Won-seok singled to right-centre to put runners on first and third, and Song Sung-moon singled up the middle. Kim Soo-hwan followed with a single to left field to put runners on first and second.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kiwoom put runners on first and second with no outs after back-to-back singles by Lee Hyung-jong and Kim Hye-sung, and Lee Jung-hoo made it 3-0 with a single to right.
Song Sung-moon followed with a single and Kim Dong-heon drove in a run on a wild pitch.
Kiwoom extended its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Lee Jung-hoo with runners on second and third.
SSG scored three runs in the top of the ninth through Choi Ji-hoon’s single to left, Han Yoo-seom’s sacrifice fly and Choo Shin-soo’s RBI double, but could not get any closer.
At KT Wiz Park in Suwon, the KT Wiz defeated the NC Dinos 7-6 thanks to Park Byung-ho’s game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Byung-ho Park then came to the plate and hit a game-tying single to left field off NC reliever Lee Yong-chan.
It was Park’s seventh career game-winning hit.
Earlier in the day, KT kept NC close with a single run in each inning.
After surrendering two runs to NC in the first inning, KT responded with a home run in the third. In the bottom of the third, with runners on first and second, Alford blasted a three-run shot to the left-centre wall (his seventh of the season).
KT gave up three runs in the top of the fourth to lose the lead, then added another in the fifth, but came back to tie the game with a home run in the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on second and third, Moon Sang-chul hit a three-run shot (his sixth of the season) over the centre field fence to tie the game at 6-6.
Keeping the momentum going, KT scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.
Alford finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Kim Sang-soo (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 run) and Ahn Chi-young (5-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 runs) batted first and second.
KT reliever Kim Jae-yoon, who came on in the top of the ninth and pitched one hitless inning, picked up his third win (2-2, 12 saves).
With the sweep of NC for the second straight day, seventh-ranked KT improved to 32 wins, two draws and 37 losses. Third-placed NC, with 36 wins, one draw and 33 points, still hasn’t closed the gap on fourth-placed Lotte.
The Doosan Bears won 2-1 against the Lotte Giants at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan.
Doosan, who had suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Lotte the previous day, avenged the one-goal defeat and snapped a two-game losing streak. Their season record now stands at 34 wins, one draw and 36 losses.
Lotte, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, have 36 points from 34 games. They remain in fourth place.
Doosan’s pitching staff was outstanding.
With the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, Ahn Chi-young singled to right and Anthony Alford followed with an infield single to put runners on first and second.
Doosan right-hander Young-gun Kwak-bin held the Lotte bats scoreless over six innings, allowing two hits and four walks. He struck out two.
Kwak improved to 7-2 on the season with the win.
Doosan scored first in the top of the first inning. Two batters later, Yang Suk-hwan singled through the left side and Yang Ji-won followed with a timely double off the right field fence.
Doosan then protected its precious one-run lead with the help of Kwak Bin and Kim Myung-shin.
Kwak Bin, who gave up just a single and a hit-by-pitch in the first four innings, put runners in scoring position for the first time in the bottom of the fifth after giving up a single to lead-off batter Jeon Jun-woo and a walk to Han Dong-hee. He then walked Park Seung-wook to put runners on first and second.
However, no runs were scored. He got Yoo Kang-nam to fly out to left field and Kim Min-seok to strike out.
Kwak Bin gave up two walks and a hit to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but he got Jack Rex to fly out to centre, Jeon Jun-woo to fly out to second, and Han Dong-hee to ground out to third to end the threat.
Kim Myung-shin, who took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, pitched two innings of one-hit ball to preserve the lead, and Doosan added another run in the ninth. With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Kang Seung-ho hit a solo home run (his fourth of the season) over the left field fence.
Doosan brought in Hong Gun-hee in the bottom of the ninth, but he gave up consecutive singles to Han Dong-hee, Park Seung-wook, and Yoo Kang-nam one out later.
Doosan then switched to Chung Chul-won on the mound. He struck out Kim Min-seok and Ko Seung-min in succession to preserve the win. Chung earned his first save of the season (4-2).
LOTTE starter Charlie Barnes pitched seven strong innings, striking out a whopping 11 batters and allowing one run on five hits, but was unable to get any offensive help and took the loss. It was his fifth loss of the season (4 wins).