SSG completed the sweep of Gwangju. Won three straight one-run games. The bullpen was solid. Manager Kim Won-hyung (51) pointed this out.
SSG earned a 5-4 come-from-behind victory in the final game of its midweek series against KIA in the 2023 KBO League regular season at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on Aug. 8, thanks to strong pitching from its bullpen, a tiebreaking home run by Kim Min-sik and a game-winning RBI single by Choi Jung.
It was the third consecutive one-run victory. Game 1 was 2-1 and Game 2 was 9-8. It was the fourth sweep of the season. Eight of the last nine games have been decided by one run. They are 6-2 in the series. They have a 75% winning percentage.
Jong-hoon Park struggled in the first inning, giving up four runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. His pitches were suddenly shaky, with four walks in the second inning alone. His pitch count naturally increased, and he struggled to digest the long innings.
Enter the bullpen. Lee threw a two-hit, three-strikeout perfect inning. The bats came alive and he got the win. He got his first win the day before, and it was his second straight. Choi Min-jun pitched two scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Moon Seung-won came on in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning to end the game. It was his first save of the season. It was his first save in 261 days since Sept. 20 against KT last year.
At the plate, Guillermo Heredia had a 1-for-3 game with a run scored and an RBI. Kim Min-sik had two hits, including the game-winning solo shot, and two RBIs. Choi Jeong-jeong hit the final sacrifice fly.
After the game, head coach Kim Won-hyung said, “We were able to win today because (Kim) Min-sik did a good job offensively. His tying home run changed the game and gave us a chance to win. He also praised Ahn Bang-ma, who worked well with the bullpen to preserve the one-run victory.”
“Today’s victory was all about the bullpen. (Lee) Ro-woon pitched well yesterday and today and got two wins. It’s late, but congratulations on your first professional win yesterday. When he pitches with confidence like he is now, it helps the team a lot and I think he will improve himself.”
“Min-jun (Choi) pitched two solid innings of offense, and Seung-won (Moon) followed up his two innings yesterday with a solid outing today. I want to praise the bullpen for their hard work during the three-game series.” 토토사이트