KT WIZ clinched second place with a thrilling come-from-behind win in the final game of the regular season .Hwang Jae-gyun’s tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Kang Hyun-woo’s game-winning pushoff double gave KT a 5-4 victory over the Doosan Bears in the Baseball World Series 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday. KT finished the 2023 regular season in second place, regardless of the outcome of the remaining games, with a five-game lead over third-place Doosan. KT has no games remaining, while Doosan has seven.
Doosan, on the other hand, dropped to fifth place, losing three spots to SSG Landers and NC Dinos, who also won on the day .SSG and NC are tied for third place, while Doosan falls one game behind. The game was a back-and-forth affair. Doosan took the early lead. KT scored a run on Yang Seok-hwan’s infield grounder after substitute Jo Jo-hyun gave up back-to-back singles to Jung Soo-bin and Jose Rojas in the first inning to put runners on first and third with no outs .KT immediately tied the game. In the bottom of the second inning, the offense took advantage of the struggling Choi Seung-yong.
After a leadoff walk by Park Byung-ho and a single up the middle by Jang Jang-ho, Choi Sung-ho singled to right field to put runners on first and second. The ball hit Choi Seung-yong’s foot and curled into right field for a hit .KT gave 토토사이트 up another run in the top of the fourth inning with the score tied 1-1. The second pitcher, Kang Gun, gave up a double to leadoff hitter Kim Jae-hwan to the right side of the infield, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Kang Seung-ho and a single to left by Park Joon-young to make it 1-2.
The lull in the game turned into a fierce battle in the final inning. In the bottom of the eighth inning, KT found a way to rally with runners on first and second after Jang Jang-woo and Park Kyung-soo singled .Doosan brought in Chung Chul-won in place of Hong Gun-hee, but Chung threw the first pitch in the wrong place because he wasn’t warmed up, and the runners advanced a base as the ball fell backwards .Taking advantage of the opportunity, Choi took a two-pitch slider up the middle and smashed a two-run double into the left field seats.
With the score at 3-2, KT gave up another run in the top of the ninth .In the ninth, Kim Jae-yoon gave up a leadoff triple to Jung Soo-bin in right field, and with one out, Yang Seok-hwan lined a double down the left field line to tie the game at 3-3.Kim Jae-yoon gave up a high pitch to Yang Ji and got Kim Jae-hwan to ground out to first base, but Kang Seung-ho was hit by a pitch to make it 3-4.KT did not give up the game. In the bottom of the ninth, leadoff hitter Hwang Jae-gyun hit a tying solo home run to left center field to tie the game at 4-4.Back-to-back singles by Park Byung-ho and pinch-hitter Lee Ho-yeon, an infield grounder by Kang Baek-ho, and an intentional walk by Moon Sang-chul loaded the bases with two outs, and the final batter, Kang Hyun-woo, got the final out of the game with a pushing strike against Jung Chul-won to end the long game.
Hwang Jae-gyun went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, including the game-winning home run in the dramatic ninth inning, while on the mound, Park Young-hyun, returning from the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, pitched two innings of one-hit ball with one strikeout to earn the win. With KT wrapping up all regular-season play, foreign pitcher William Cuevas clinched the win percentage title with a 12-0 record.