After losing all three home games to SSG by one point in the middle of the week, KIA revitalized its momentum by beating Dusan on the 9th and 10th. On the 11th, they aimed to sweep the three-game series.
Although the opposing team was starting ace Kwak Bin, they had a good batting lineup and the bullpen aces of Choi Ji-min and Lim Ki-young were all available on this day, so they thought they had a chance to win if they could keep the game close. However, Doosan had a “game changer” in Kang Seung-ho, while KIA had the misfortune of having another home run hit turned into a double.
After a shaky first inning for starter Yoon Young-chul, he managed to limit the damage to one run, and settled down in the second through third innings. However, Doosan added two runs in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Kang Seung-ho was at the center of it all. In fact, he drove in both runs. He hit a two-run shot.
Doosan led off with Park Kye-beom drawing a walk. Next up to bat, Kang Seung-ho batted like a thunderbolt from the first pitch. He didn’t miss a fastball on the high side. The ball sailed over the fence in the center of Jamsil Stadium. “In my first at-bat, I struck out because I couldn’t react to the fastball, so I pitched with the intention of winning the fastball battle from the first pitch,” Kang Seung-ho said after the game, explaining why his bat went out from the first pitch.
Park Kye-beom, the first baseman, was able to get a good hit to center field, and Kang Seung-ho took advantage of the gap in the replay to get to third base. It was a long hit and good base running to close the distance to home.
The next play was more important. After Kim Jae-ho struck out, Doosan had runners on first and third when Lee Yoo-chan hit a grounder to shortstop. With Kang Seung-ho at third, Park Chan-ho, the shortstop, chose to go home. The throw was good, and the timing was just right for the out.
But that’s where Kang’s base running skills shined. He deliberately withdrew his left hand, which was close to the catcher, and stretched out his right hand. It was a maneuver to delay the tag as much as possible. “I ran at the moment of the hit, but when I saw the pitch, I realized I was going to be late, so I took my left hand out as I ran into home plate,” said Kang Seung-ho.
Grasping at straws, the play paid off. Kang Seung-ho’s right hand swept home before Kia catcher Shin Beom-soo could tag him. The initial call was an out, but Seung-ho was convinced he was in first and the call was overturned after video review. What should have been a 2-0 inning became a 3-0 inning.
On the other hand, KIA was a bit unlucky. After chasing down two runs in the fifth inning, KIA trailed 2-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Choi Hyung-woo hit a big shot to left field. According to the Trackman data, the ball traveled 108.3 meters, which would have been a home run in any other ballpark, but it hit the rail structure at the top of the left field fence and bounced.
All balls caught on the Jamsil Stadium walking track are a waste, but balls that bounce off the top rail of the fence are rarely seen. If it hits and goes into the stands, it’s a home run, but it can literally be the difference of a few centimeters. After the umpires ruled it a double, KIA demanded a video review, but it wasn’t technically a home run. In the end, KIA was unable to score in the inning. 먹튀검증
On the ninth, Socrates Brito hit a deep fly to right-center field that bounced off the rails and was ruled a double. Two rare moments in one series. On the 9th, the team won, but on the 11th, the team lost by one run. After the seventh inning, KIA’s bats were shut down by Lee Young-ha and Hong Gun-hee, and the team lost 2-3. The bullpen was also unable to get the job done.