Ryu Ji-hyuk drew a walk to start the game. Socrates Brito delivered an RBI single, a run that lifted Lee’s shoulders.
KIA won its second straight game on Tuesday with a 6-3 victory over Doosan in Jamsil. They shook off the nightmare of a midweek three-game home sweep against SSG and can challenge for a three-game weekend sweep on the road. Lee “Ma’s five innings” Lee had to break the “Ma’s five innings” rule, as his bullpen had been severely depleted in the last two or three games.
In the end, Lee picked up the win with six innings of four-hit ball, four strikeouts and three walks. It was his second quality start of the season. Lee tends to have trouble managing his pitch count due to poor control of his pitches, but this day had a happy ending as he threw 95 pitches through six innings. In the third inning, back-to-back singles and a pushout gave up a run, but that was it.
The offense was well-supported by the defense, especially leadoff man Ryu Ji-hyuk, who made a fantastic play in the first inning. He led off the game with a single to right-center off Doosan starter Choi Seung-yong, and when Park Chan-ho grounded out to third base, he advanced to third on a play by Doosan third baseman Heo Kyung-min.
It was a full count, so the start was quick. Heo had already reached second base when he caught the ball. Heo squinted at second base and threw to first base with confidence. Ryu Ji-hyuk quickly stole third base the moment the ball left Heo’s hand.
Doosan first baseman Kang Seung-ho fields a popup, with Ryu Ji-hyuk safe at third. Socrates Brito hits a ground ball to the shortstop, scoring a run. It was a gift to Socrates for a single. KIA was later cut down by Lee Yi-ri’s bad throw, but they came back to win the game and clinch the series.
Ryu Ji-hyuk is having his best season since his debut this year. Before this day, he was batting .307 with 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Manager Kim Jong-kook said before the game, “He is a player with good concentration and grit. He is an example for the younger players.” It was a statement full of trust.
He’s fast, can cover all positions in the infield, and has been sharp with the bat this season. It’s amazing that this player was labeled as a backup before the season. It was almost too bad for KIA. 메이저사이트