The ‘Lotte Effect’ led to an unbelievable comeback at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, which was sold out for the second consecutive night.
The Kiwoom Heroes clawed their way out of a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Lotte Giants, thanks to a dramatic come-from-behind grand slam by Lim Ji-yeol, in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Monday.
Lotte’s hopes of overtaking second-place SSG Landers, who did not play due to rain, were dashed.
The impact of a furious five-run ninth inning comeback from an 0-6 deficit the previous day was the catalyst for Kiwoom’s turnaround.
Lotte dominated Kiwoom until the middle of the game, thanks to a strong performance from starter Na Gyun-an, who struck out nine in six innings and limited them to one run, and the focus of their bats.
LOTTE scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning on two sacrifice flies by Ko Seung-min and Han Dong-hee, and took a 3-0 lead two batters later on a leadoff triple by Jeon Jun-woo and an RBI single by Ahn Chi-hong.
In the fifth inning, with the score 3-1, Lotte added two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Jeon Jun-woo and a single up the middle by Ahn Chi-hong.
Kiwoom pounded the Lotte bullpen after Na Gyun-an was hit by a pitch.
Trailing 1-5 in the seventh inning, a double and a walk loaded the bases and an infield grounder brought in a run.
Then, in the “Promised Eighth,” the tide turned. After three consecutive hits and a sacrifice fly by Kim Dong-heon made it 3-5, Lim Ji-yeol’s mid-month home run with the bases loaded threw cold water on the Lotte supporters’ seats.
Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome, which had previously been filled with Lotte chants that could be confused with Busan’s Sajik Stadium, was suddenly filled with Kiwoom chants.
Samsung snaps three-game losing streak thanks to Koo’s 3-RBI blast, Won Tae-in’s 3-win performance
The Samsung Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the KT Wiz at home in Daegu.
Samsung took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Lee Jae-hyun and a two-run double to right-center by leadoff hitter Koo Ja-ook.
After Kang Min-ho made it 4-0 with a solo home run in the third, Koo exploded once more in the fourth.
With one out and two on, he doubled to right-center, sending Kang home. He scored when Jose Pirela singled to left.
Koo finished with two doubles and three RBIs.
KT starter Bo Schuler gave up six runs on eight hits, including one home run, in 3 1/3 innings to suffer his worst loss of the season (1-7).
After striking out pinch-hitter Moon Sang-chul with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Samsung’s Won Tae-in pitched six innings of three-hit ball to earn his third win (3-3). 스포츠토토
KT scored four runs in the top of the ninth, including a three-run homer by Lee Ho-yeon off Oh Seung-hwan, but ran out of outs.
The SSG Landers-Dusan Bears (Jamsil Stadium, Seoul) and Hanwha Eagles-NC Dinos (Changwon NC Park) games were canceled due to rain.