Hanwha’s hollowed-out defense, SSG’s bite… what separated the two teams’ fortunes

The starting pitcher fell apart early, and the offense couldn’t find the opposing mound. Nothing was going according to plan. In short, it was a dismal performance. That was SSG’s situation in Game 1 against Hanwha.

SSG starter Park Jong-hoon gave up six runs on seven hits (one home run), four walks, and two strikeouts in three innings. He got off to a rough start in the first inning, giving up a leadoff double to No. 4 hitter Noh Si-hwan.

His pitches continued to be shaky in the first inning. In the second inning, he gave up two wild pitches. SSG manager Lee Sung-yong brought in Choi Min-joon to relieve Park Jong-hoon in the bottom of the fourth inning after the leadoff hitter, Hwang Young-mook, singled. Fortunately, the bullpen of Choi Min-joon and Park Min-ho pitched steadily and did not allow any more runs.

The offense didn’t score a run until the fifth inning. Trailing 0-5 and with two outs in the top of the fourth, Guillermo Heredia hit a double off Hanwha starter Felix Peña.

Heredia added another RBI single in the top of the sixth against reliever Kim Bum-soo, but a four-run lead still seemed far away.

SSG, who had lost to Hanhwa the day before, didn’t give up until the end and waited for their chance. In the top of the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Go Myung-joon hit a six-pitch slider from reliever Jang Si-hwan for a single.

Pinch-hitter Ha Jae-hoon walked, but Lee Ji-young and Choi Ji-hoon took advantage of Jang’s struggles with his pitches and drew back-to-back walks. With the bases loaded, Choo Shin-soo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Choi drew a walk against the new pitcher, Park Sang-won, and in the next at-bat, Han Yoo-seom singled to center field. SSG tied the game at 6-6 with this hit.

It wasn’t over yet. Heredia followed with back-to-back singles to right-center field. This allowed Han Yoo-seom to score from second base.

Heredia took advantage of Han’s sloppy relay play and raced to second 토토사이트 base. In addition, catcher Park Sang-un’s throw to second base sailed into the outfield. The difference in concentration between the two teams was evident. SSG scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning.

After the reversal, SSG went all-out. Noh Kyung-eun, Cho Byung-hyun, and Moon Seung-won were all called upon to close the door. Moon Seung-won gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out Jonathan Peraza with the bases loaded to seal the 8-7 victory. SSG had the last laugh, as they squandered one last chance.

After the game, SSG head coach Lee Sung-yong said, “The players didn’t give up and we were able to get the win in the seventh inning. (Choi) Min-joon pitched well yesterday and today, and (Park) Min-ho pitched two very good innings to set the stage for the win,” he said.

“In the field, Heredia was outstanding, with six RBIs in center field alongside (Han) Yoo-seom,” he said, “and (Choo) Shin-soo showed his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success at the plate and on the bases.”


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