‘After 16 years’ Kim Hyun-soo lays down a sacrifice bunt. ‘Oh Ji-hwan’s grand slam’ gives LG a 2-1 win over Samsung…Go saves for the first time in 47 days

LG defeats Samsung to extend its winning streak to two games.

LG won 2-1 against Samsung in the 2023 KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on 13 March. With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning, Kim Hyun-soo’s sacrifice bunt and Oh Ji-hwan’s RBI single to left scored the game-winning run. LG closer Ko Woo-seok pitched the ninth to preserve the win, earning his first save in 47 days.

LG recalled reliever Lee Jung-yong to the first team roster. Lee was placed on the disabled list on 20 May due to shoulder soreness. He recently returned from rehab and pitched in three games in the Futures League. He pitched 3⅔ scoreless innings in the three games. “Everyone who was supposed to come is here,” said manager Yoon Kyung-yeop. The bullpen is complete.

LG started with Hong Chang-ki (right fielder), Shin Min-jae (second baseman), Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter), Austin (first baseman), Park Dong-won (catcher), Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop), Moon Bo-kyung (third baseman), Lee Jae-won (left fielder) and Park Hae-min (centre fielder). Shin Min-jae, who has recently been testing the waters at second base, played second.

Samsung’s starting pitcher was Choi Chae-heung, who was discharged from the team on the 12th. Before the game, Park Jin-man said, “He seemed to have built up his body muscles well. His hair was also short, so he looked dignified.” “He said he was discharged from the army because he had built a body that could throw more than 100 pitches. He was confident.”

Samsung started Kim Ji-chan (second baseman), Kim Hyun-joon (centre fielder), Kim Jae-sung (designated hitter), Kang Min-ho (catcher), Oh Jae-il (first baseman), Pirela (left fielder), Lee Jae-hyun (shortstop), Ryu Seung-min (right fielder) and Kim Young-woong (third baseman). Park said, “Pirela is a little out of form, so we have some disconnects in the top of the order. Kim Jae-sung is a bit stronger against LG, so I changed the batting order,” Park explained.

In the bottom of the first inning, Kim Jae-sung led off with an infield single that hit Plutko in the thigh and deflected towards third base. Plutko continued to pitch with no apparent injury. Kang Min-ho fouled out to first base.

LG’s top hitter, Hong Chang-ki, led off the inning with a single to left. But Shin Min-jae hit a grounder to the shortstop, putting runners at second and third. Kim Hyun-soo flied out to centre field. LG had a chance in the second inning when Austin led off with a double down the left field line. However, Park Dong-won grounded out to third, Oh Ji-hwan flied out to centre and Moon Bo-kyung struck out swinging.

With two outs in the third, Hong Chang-ki reached on a throwing error by the first baseman. Shin Min-jae then drew a walk to put runners in scoring position at first and second. Kim Hyun-soo grounded out to the first baseman.

In the sixth inning, LG’s leadoff hitter Kim Hyun-soo hit a hard line drive down the third base line. Third baseman Kim Young-woong made a leaping catch. Straight hit out. Samsung pulled starter Choi Chae-heung (92 pitches) and brought in right-hander Kim Dae-woo as the second pitcher. Kim Dae-woo got Austin to fly out to right and Park Dong-won to ground out to third to end the inning.

LG removed starter Plutko from the game in the top of the seventh inning, and reliever Jung Woo-young took the mound. Samsung led off with a double by Pirela that hit the right field fence. Scoring chance.

Lee Jae-hyun bunted on the first pitch and fouled off the second. On the third pitch, he tried to bunt again, but it was fouled off. He struck out on a swinging strike. Ryu Seung-min flied out to centre field. Kim Young-woong flied out to left field to end the threat. 토토사이트

LG had a scoring chance in the seventh inning when leadoff hitter Oh Ji-hwan doubled to right field. He stole second for the third time on the day. Moon Bo-kyung laid down a sacrifice bunt to load the bases, and Lee Jae-won followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at 1-1.

Samsung had another chance in the eighth. Kim Ji-chan led off with a bunt single to first base. The umpire ruled him out, but the call was overturned on video review. Kim Hyun-jun laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second. Kim Jae-sung pinch-hit for big man Kim Dong-yeop, but he was out on a fly ball to left field. With two outs, LG sent Kang Min-ho to the plate on an automatic double play. Oh Jae-il struck out swinging to end the threat.

In the bottom of the eighth, LG’s leadoff hitter Kim Min-sung drew a walk. Kim laid down a sacrifice bunt towards third base to put runners on first and second. Kim laid down a sacrifice bunt for the first time in 16 years since 2007 when he was with Doosan. Austin’s grounder to deep third was thrown out at first base by shortstop Lee Jae-hyun. With two outs, Oh Ji-hwan lined a single past the shortstop to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Samsung starter Choi Chae-heung made a spectacular comeback, throwing 92 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, two walks and two strikeouts. LG starter Plutko did not record a decision, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings.

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