SSG came from behind to score six runs in the eighth and ninth innings to sweep a three-game weekend series with Kiwoom (2-1).

SSG produced a “promising eighth inning” to win 9-5 against Kiwoom in the 2023 KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Sunday. With their 45th win of the season (1 tie, 28 losses), second-place SSG continued to chase down leader LG (47 wins, 2 ties, 27 losses). However, LG also defeated KIA 3-1 at Anbang on the same day, so their lead remains at 1.5 games.

The effect of not giving up and harassing the opponent until the end, even in a heavy deficit the previous day, worked. SSG was down 0-6 against Kiwoom on the first day, but scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, forcing Kiwoom to send closer Lim Chang-min to the mound for a hard-fought victory. “I think the mood picked up at the end (of the previous day), so I think it will have a positive effect,” SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said ahead of the second game.메이저놀이터

True to Kim’s wish, the SSG bats came alive at the end of the day. Trailing 2-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Choo Shin-soo’s RBI single brought them within one run, and they exploded for four runs in the top of the eighth. After Choi Ji-hoon led off with a triple to right-center off Kiwoom reliever Won Jong-hyun, No. 7 Han Yu-seom followed with an RBI double. With the bases loaded, No. 8 Kang Jin-sung laid down a sacrifice bunt, and No. 9 Kim Min-sik hit an outfield sacrifice fly to tie the game at 5-5.

A Choo Shin-soo single to left, a strikeout walk to Choi Joo-hwan in the second, and an automatic walk to Choi Jeong in the third filled up the bases, and the fourth batter, Guillermo Heredia, delivered the final two RBIs. With a two-run lead at 7-5, SSG got another run in the top of the ninth when Kang Jin-sung hit a wedge two-run triple to effectively end the game.

Hanwha, which was looking for its ninth straight win in 18 years, saw its winning streak snapped with a 1-2 loss to last-place Samsung in Daegu. Samsung snapped a four-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over Hanwha. Samsung’s Kang Min-ho hit a tying solo shot in the bottom of the second inning, trailing 1-0, to reach double-digit home runs for the 14th consecutive season. Closer Oh Seung-hwan pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth straight double-digit save and 380th career save.

In Suwon, KT swept NC 5-0, while in Busan, Doosan edged Lotte 4-2.

Meanwhile, professional baseball surpassed the 4 million mark (4,047,120) for the first time in 364 games as 55,860 fans attended five stadiums across the country. It is the fourth-lowest attendance ever, following 328 games in 2018, 334 games in 2016 and 341 games in 2017.

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