The Doosan Bears have rebounded with a five-game winning streak. On the 15th, they came from behind to win 8-6 in Gwangju against the KIA Tigers. Still in sixth place, but different. They have half a game in hand on the fourth-place SSG Landers and no games in hand on the fifth-place KIA. The team has rebounded from its August crisis and is making a strong push into fall baseball.
They have won five straight games and are 8-3 in September. The starting rotation and bullpen are in sync. They have the second-best team ERA in September (2.85). The bullpen in particular has come alive. The bullpen leads the league with a 2.03 ERA in September. Park Chi-guk is out with an injury, but Choi Ji-gang is doing his job, along with veterans Kim Kang-ryul and Lee Young-ha, and new closer Jung Chul-won.먹튀검증
Moreover, their momentum is skyrocketing after two consecutive come-from-behind wins. Against KT on the 14th, they scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after falling behind 0-2. On the 15th, they gave up a walk-off home run to Lee Woo-sung, but rallied to overcome the KIA bullpen and relievers.
The Doosan Bears pulled off a thrilling upset. SSG Landers suffered a devastating come-from-behind loss.Doosan won the 12th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against SSG 3-2 on Thursday at Jamsil Stadium.Doosan pinch-hitter Heo Kyung-min celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs.
In a briefing after the Gwangju game against KIA was canceled due to rain on Sept. 16, manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “We were energized by our second consecutive come-from-behind win. When we come from behind to win, the team’s mood improves. On the contrary, losing is very physically and mentally draining. Yesterday’s win was very helpful,” he said, welcoming the winning streak.
“I hit a grand slam yesterday. It was a big hit, and it got the team going. It was a big hit and it got the team going right away. We are in a better mood now than when we won 11 straight games in the first half. The batting lineup is also better than before,” he said, showing strong confidence.
He hoped that Kang’s cycling hit would start a chain reaction. “It’s only happened 30 times in the 40-year history. It’s amazing. (He hit a home run, a triple, a double and a single) very neatly. I appreciated it. It was a good performance at a very important time to win the game. It should be a chain reaction. I hope the other players will do the same.”
Doosan’s Kang Seung-ho is congratulated by coach Ko Young-min after scoring the first reverse natural cycling hit in Korea against KIA in Gwangju on Friday./Provided by Doosan Bears
At the same time, the Bears were careful to prepare for the eight-game series that was canceled due to rain. Their upcoming opponents have strong pitchers. “Our matchups are going to be strong pitchers. I’m worried about that. We play again on Monday. Kwak-Bin is only pitching one game. The rotation is jumbled and we need to reorganize,” he said.