Down 5-7, LG attacked in the top of the ninth. With runners on second and third, captain Oh Ji-hwan (33) took a two-pitch 145-kilometer fastball from KT closer Kim Jae-yoon (33) straight to the plate. Cheers erupted from the LG dugout on the third base side as the ball cut a white parabola across the Suwon KT Wiz Park night sky. A come-from-behind three-run home run. Oh ran around the bases, unable to contain his joy. An 8-7 lead.
But the breathtaking game continued until the end. LG faced a bases-loaded crisis in the bottom of the ninth as closer Ko Woo-seok (25) struggled. LG saved the game in the bottom of the ninth when Lee Jung-yong (27), the eighth pitcher of the game, induced a pitcher-catcher-first baseman play against KT’s Kim Sang-soo (33) to end the game.
LG won Game 3 of the Korean Series 8-7 after four hours and six minutes of hard-fought action, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The first team to win two games from a 1-1 series lead has gone on to win the Korean Series 17 of the last 20 times. 카지노사이트 Game 4 will be played at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the same location. The starting pitchers are expected to be Uhm Sang-baek (KT) and Kim Yun-sik (LG).
Oh Ji-hwan, who was named the game’s MVP, almost became the antagonist.
In the top of the fifth inning with a 3-1 lead, he tried to field a grounder by Jang Jang-woo (33) and let it slip under his glove, allowing three runs to score. With that bad memory lingering, he struck out in the fifth inning with two on and two out, then fouled out in the seventh. But in his fifth at-bat of the ninth inning, he seized the opportunity and fired a cannon for the second straight game in the Korean Series, living up to his nickname, “Ojibae,” which means “dominating the game whether you’re good or bad.” “The mood was down after Park Byung-ho’s home run, but I told the players not to give up and to create another chance,” he said. “I was confident that the second pitch would come in, so I swung at it confidently, and it hit the bat like a lie.
LG activated its bullpen again early as starter Im Chan-kyu, failed to last four innings. The bullpen, which had thrown eight and two-thirds scoreless innings of shutout defense in Game 2, was up and down today, allowing the opposition to come back twice. But each time, the bats revived the team’s momentum after the batting cannon threatened to sink. Austin Dean (30), who ended LG’s foreign-base hitter brutality, got things started in the top of the third inning with a three-run home run with runners on second and third. Dean, who was batting a paltry .091 (1-for-11) against Benjamin (30) this season, spun his bat as the LG killer’s four-seam, 147-kilometer fastball came in high on his body, and the ball hit the outfield foul pole. Benjamin was 4-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five starts against LG this season, but Austin was able to handle the pressure.
Trailing 3-4 in the top of the sixth inning, Park Dong-won (33) hit a bases-loaded single to center field, echoing his game-winning two-run shot in the eighth inning of Game 2.
A fastball from KT bullpen starter Son Dong-hyun (22) came in slightly low to his body, and he swung hard, sending the ball over the outfield fence and behind the stands at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. It traveled 125 meters. The mercury in the LG bleachers on the third base side of Suwon Stadium, where the temperature had dropped below freezing, instantly soared. LG was on the brink of a 5-7 deficit in the top of the eighth inning when Ko Woo-seok gave up a two-run home run to Park Byung-ho (37), but captain Oh Ji-hwan came through with a single that quickly turned the tide. “Our batters did their part and we managed to pull out a difficult game,” said LG coach Yoon Kyung-yeop. “I think the confidence we gained from the second game, our focus on the game, and our desperation helped us win the third game.”
KT had 15 hits on the day, more than LG (11). However, they struggled to score additional runs as they left runners on base in every inning and struck out twice. The pitching staff of Son Dong-hyun, Park Young-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon, who had been so dominant in the playoffs, also gave up runs on the day. KT manager Lee Kang-cheol, who was ejected in the bottom of the ninth inning for protesting a swinging call, said, “The players played a good game, but we didn’t have the luck.” “The bats are coming alive as a whole, so we will play a good game in Game 4,” he said.