The last piece that was empty was filled with ‘Moo Seung’, the only one in Lotte’s starting lineup.
Park Se-woong (28, Lotte, photo) got his first win of the season with a reverse pitch with 6 hits, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings in a home game against SSG, a professional baseball game held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 19th.
Lotte won 7-5 and regained the top spot in the league given to SSG after the loss against Hanwha on the 17th.
Lotte, which is in fierce competition with SSG and LG for the lead, revealed unexpected weaknesses in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season. This is because, except for Na Kyun-an, who won the monthly MVP award in April, the remaining four starters—Charlie Barnes, Dan Straley, Han Hyun-hee, and Park Se-woong—were all sluggish.
However, in May, the starters succeeded in rebounding one after another. Barnes, who had an average ERA of 7.58 with 1 win (1 loss) in April, was in perfect condition with 1 win (1 loss) and 0.66 ERA in 2 games in May. Strayley also failed to win in 5 games in April, and won his first win with 6.1 scoreless innings against KT on the 14th. Han Hyun-hee, with an ERA of 7.17 in April, won her two starts in May with six scoreless innings.
Only Park Se-woong remained. Park Se-woong, who had established himself as Lotte’s native ace with an average ERA of 3 points and a double-digit multiplier for the past two seasons, stayed with an ERA of 4.66 with only one loss in the previous six games this season.
Park Se-woong, who improved his condition with 1 run in 5 innings against KT on the 12th, finally regained his true form in a decisive match against SSG. On this day, with a powerful fast ball with a maximum speed of 150 km, he sharply inserted a well-controlled slider, curve, and fork ball.
The Lotte batting line picked up a first run in the first inning and lightened Park Se-woong’s shoulders. When lead batter Kim Min-seok, who went on base with a walk, stepped on third base with a stolen base and a wild throw, fourth hitter An Chi-hong connected the first run with a menacing infield ground ball. Park Se-woong gave up one run in the top of the 4th inning, but the Lotte batting line scored consecutively from the 4th to the 6th inning and ran away 4-1.
Lotte scored an additional run from the bullpen at the beginning of the 8th inning, but at the end of the 8th inning Noh Jin-hyeok scored 2 RBIs and doubled and ran away with 3 more runs. In the beginning of the 9th inning, when they were leading 7-2, Shin Jung-rak was hit by Choi Jeong-rak with 1 out, 1st and 2nd base, and was chased 7-5. Finisher Kim Won-joong took the mound and struck out Guillermo Heredia and Hanyu-seom to keep the victory.토스카지노
In Jamsil, LG defeated Hanwha 3-1 thanks to starter Casey Kelly’s 1 run in 7 innings and Austin Dean’s 2 RBI double in the 3rd inning.
In Gwangju, KIA won 10-1 after scoring 8 points in the bottom of the first inning against Kiwoom starter Eric Yokishi. KIA starter Lee Eui-ri recorded his first quality start this season (6 innings or more, 3 earned or less) with 2 hits, 9 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings and won his 3rd win.
In Suwon, KT beat Doosan 6-1 with Anthony Alford’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning, where KT faced 1-1.
In Changwon, Samsung won 5-4 against NC with starter Baek Jeong-hyun’s good pitching with 6 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. Samsung Oh Seung-hwan took the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning and kept a 1-point lead, recording his 5th save of the season and his first since coming back as a finisher.