“Yes, this is the real LG Baseball”
Choi Won-tae, a shaky starter, was calmly replaced after the first inning. Jung Woo-young, the core of the bullpen, was brought in early in the third inning. By the fifth inning, the team had used six pitchers. The all-out effort of LG paid off.
The LG Twins, who were on the verge of losing their second straight game, turned the tide in a nail-biter.
They came from behind to win the second game of the Korean Series against the KT Wiz 5-4 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on April 8. After falling behind 0-4 in the first inning, they mobilized their bullpen to close out the game, and then followed it up with a ‘home run’. The team avenged a 3-2 loss in the first game the day before with a one-run victory.
On November 8, 2002, 먹튀검증 they won Game 5 against the Samsung Lions, exactly 21 years after winning the Korean Series.
It was a shaky start. Nervous starter Choi Won-tae couldn’t get a hit.
He walked leadoff hitter Kim Sang-soo to open the inning and Hwang Jae-gyun to second. He gave up another walk to No. 3 Anthony Alford to load the bases. Park Byung-ho induced a grounder to third base to get the runner at third out. He seemed to have gotten a breather, he gave up a double to Jang Jang-woo, #5, with the bases loaded.
The LG bench made a move. They brought down Choi Won-tae and brought up Lee Jung-yong, but they couldn’t put out the fire. With runners on first and third, Choi gave up a double to No. 6 Bae Jae-dae. 4-0.
Despite the early deficit, we couldn’t give up. We put a lot of pressure on our opponents. We went ‘all in’ like there was no tomorrow.
Lee Jung-yong was followed by Jung Woo-young, Kim Jin-sung, Baek Seung-hyun, Yoo Young-chan, Ham Duk-joo, and Ko Woo-seok, who shut down the KT bullpen. In total, they went 8⅔ scoreless innings. The bullpen paved the way for the upset.
LG led the regular season team in batting average, runs scored, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. They were first in almost every category except home runs. At full strength, they should dominate KT. They went 10-6 against KT in the pennant race. In the second half, they went 6-3. On top of that, they had three weeks off.
We were lethargic in Game 1 and early Game 2.
We lost our focus. The trusted leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Game 1 and 0-for-3 in Game 2. The team’s best number one hitter, who had a 3-for-3 batting average (4th), 174 hits (3rd), 4-for-4 slugging percentage (1st) and 109 runs scored (1st) this season, failed to produce.
It can only be explained by the pressure of the championship. After reaching the Korean Series for the first time in 21 years since 2002, LG is looking to win the title for the first time in 29 years since 1994. The team replaced manager Ryu Ji-hyun at the end of last season, who led them to a second-place regular season finish, solely to win the title. This year, the team entered the Korean Series atop the pennant race, but the pressure was hard to shake.
A dramatic come-from-behind win. The team finally found its groove.
In the bottom of the third inning, down 0-4, No. 4 Austin Dean hit an RBI single to pull within one. In the bottom of the sixth inning, down 1-4, No. 5 Oh Ji-hwan hit a one-run home run to start the comeback. In the bottom of the seventh, Kim Hyun-soo, #3, continued the good momentum with an RBI single. In the bottom of the eighth, Park Dong-won finally hit a two-run home run.
The No. 3, 4, 5, and 6 center fielders had hits in succession.
The probability of winning increased to 44.4%. The team that won the second game after losing the first has won eight times out of 18. Dropping Game 2 would have given KT a 90% chance of winning the title.
Games 3 and 4 will be held on October 10-11 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. LG’s Im Chan-gyu and KT’s Benjamin will start the series.