The Kiwoom Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization halted Ko Young-pyo’s streak of consecutive quality starts (six or more innings and three earned runs or less) at 12 games.
Kiwoom won its second straight game with a 6-2 home victory over KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Monday.
Last-place Kiwoom, which had won 8-3 in 12 extra innings against third-place SSG Landers the day before, caught second-place KT this time and emerged as a factor in the race for the final spot in the league.
Lee Ju-hyung hit a triple and a double in the first and third innings, respectively, to rattle Go Young-pyo, and Lim Byung-wook hit a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.
Lee Ju-hyung also hit a single in the eighth inning, finishing 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, one short of a cycling hit (a single and a home run in the same game).
Kiwoom took the lead in the first inning when Kim Tae-jin and Song Sung-moon singled to put runners on the corners and Lee Ju-hyung took advantage of Ko Young-pyo’s changeup for a two-run triple.
In the third inning, Song Sung-moon led off with a single to left field, and Lee Joo-hyung again hit a changeup from Ko Young-pyo for a double to right field to put runners on second and third.
Kim Hwijip’s sacrifice fly brought in the third run, Lee Hyung-jong drew a walk to extend the opportunity, and Lim Byung-wook hit his sixth three-run home run of the season to end Ko’s streak of quality starts.
The pitch Lim took advantage of was Ko’s trademark changeup.
KT, who were busy battling for the lead, only managed to score one run in the fourth inning on an RBI single and one run in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young struggled with his pitches and was removed from the game with two outs in the fifth inning with a 6-1 lead, wasting a golden opportunity to get his second win of the season.
Jang lasted 4 ⅔ innings, allowing one run on nine hits and two walks on 103 pitches, with 44 strikes and 59 balls.
Left-hander Yoon Seok-won, who took over from Jang, pitched 1 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-strikeout ball to earn his first win.
KT’s Ko Young-pyo gave up six runs in the third inning and then pitched scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, allowing six runs on nine hits (one home run) with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings to suffer his sixth loss of the season (10 wins). 안전카지노사이트