SSG Landers maintains 3rd place and heads to the semi-playoffs.
SSG won 5-0 in a match against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 17th.
SSG starter Gwang-Hyun Kim pitched well with no runs allowed, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings, earning his 9th win (8 losses) of the season. Min-sik Kim and Seong-hyun Kim hit home runs, and in particular, Seong-hyun Kim hit his first home run of the season in the last game of the regular season. Ha Jae-hoon and Hanyu Island also scored 2 RBI and 1 RBI, respectively.
Doosan starter Jang Won-jun allowed 5 runs (5 earned), 7 hits (2 home runs), 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. With this, Jang Won-Jun became the 9th pitcher in history to pitch 2,000 innings.
Before the game, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “It’s the same situation as yesterday. Yesterday was also a situation where we had to win at all costs. It’s really just one more difference. We have to go out with all our might and win without thinking about the opposing team. It was difficult, but I hope we finish in the ranking we want.” “He said.
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop, whose 5th place was confirmed, said, “The rankings of SSG and NC have not been decided. We cannot not not take care of our players’ physical strength, and we have to look at the situation of the two teams. It is a difficult choice,” and “We can do it.” “You have to do your best with what you have,” he said.
▲ Starting lineup
SSG is Tae-gon Oh (first baseman) – Kang-min Kim (center fielder) – Yu-seom Han (designated hitter) – Guillermo Heredia (left fielder) – Jae-hoon Ha (right fielder) – Seong-han Park (shortstop) – Seong-hyun Kim (third baseman) – Min-sik Kim (catcher) -The batting lineup was organized in the order of Ahn Sang-hyun (second baseman). The starting pitcher is Gwang-Hyeon Kim.
Doosan, with Jang Won-jun as the starting pitcher, includes Soo-bin Jeong (center fielder), In-tae Kim (right fielder), Seok-hwan Yang (first baseman), Eui-ji Yang (designated hitter), Seung-ho Kang (second baseman), Jun-young Park (shortstop), Ji-hoon Park (third baseman), and Seung-han Ahn (catcher). ) – The lineup was composed of Jo Soo-haeng (left fielder).
‘The quality of an ace’ Kim Gwang-hyun’s good pitching, even when the bases were loaded,
SSG’s left-handed ace Kim Gwang-hyun pitched in the last game of the regular season and was given the task of securing third place. He appeared in 29 games this season and recorded 8 wins, 8 losses, 162⅓ innings, 75 runs (66 earned), 115 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.66, and WHIP (on-base percentage allowed per inning) of 1.40.
Against Doosan, they played in 3 games and recorded 1 loss. He pitched 16⅓ innings, allowing 7 runs (6 earned), 6 walks, and striking out 6, with an ERA of 3.31 and a WHIP of 1.47. In his most recent appearance against Doosan, in Game 1 of a doubleheader on September 27, he pitched well with no runs allowed in 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts.메이저놀이터
Kim Gwang-hyeon started the game in the top of the first inning with a hit by leadoff hitter Soo-bin Su. Jeong Soo-bin succeeded in stealing second base during Kim In-tae’s at-bat. However, Kim Gwang-hyun struck out Kim In-tae, and in the meantime, Kim Min-sik succeeded in sniping Su-bin Jeong, who attempted to steal third base, instantly increasing the number of outs by two. He then struck out Yang Seok-hwan and closed the top of the first inning.
Afterwards, Kim Gwang-hyun found a sense of stability. In the top of the second inning, he caught Yang Eui-ji, Kang Seung-ho, and Park Jun-young in a three-way strike. In the top of the third inning, Park Ji-hoon and Ahn Seung-han were hit with base hits and Jo Soo-haeng was allowed to walk, but he induced Su-bin Jeong to hit a ground ball to shortstop, resulting in the final out. The top of the 4th inning also ended with a three-way inning.
In the top of the 5th inning, Kim Gwang-hyun faced a major crisis. He was hit by leadoff hitter Kang Seung-ho. Pinch runner Lee Yu-chan was brought in to replace Kang Seung-ho. Park Joon-young, who came out to bat, was retired with a straight hit to shortstop. Park Seong-han’s jump catch was good. Afterwards, Park Ji-hoon reached base with a single and Ahn Seung-han walked, leaving the bases loaded with one out.
However, Kim Gwang-hyun’s crisis management skills shone. He caught Cho Soo-dong with a fly ball to left field. Cho Soo-haeng’s batted ball was short, so it was difficult for 3rd base runner Lee Yu-chan to come home. Then, ahead of the defense in the bottom of the third inning, Kim Tae-geun, who replaced Su-bin Jeong, came in with a looking strikeout, preventing the bases-loaded crisis without allowing any runs.
Kim Gwang-hyun, who was on the mound in the 6th inning, caught Kim In-tae with a grounder to first base and then threw Park Gye-beom with a fly ball to right field. He then set up Kim Jae-ho with a fly ball to left field. Heredia caught the line drive ball by sliding.
SSG’s hot firepower
SSG showed a hot hitting ability in October. Before today’s game, it recorded a batting average of 0.265 and an OPS of 0.754 in 11 games in October. He is third on the team in batting average and second in OPS. In particular, he was strong in scoring situations. SSG’s batting average in scoring range in October was 0.370, ranking first in the league. They were ahead of the second-place Lotte Giants (0.312) by a large gap.
SSG created an opportunity to reach first and second base with no outs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to Oh Tae-gon’s hit and Kim Kang-min’s walk. However, after Hanyuseom struck out, Heredia recorded a double play and was unable to score. In the bottom of the second inning, Ha Jae-hoon, Park Seong-han, and Kim Seong-hyeon retired due to a three-way retirement.
However, SSG’s batting lineup exploded from the bottom of the third inning. Leadoff hitter Kim Min-sik hit Jang Won-jun’s 133 km/h two-seam fastball and went over the right fence. SSG took the lead thanks to Kim Min-sik’s solo gun. Then, Ahn Sang-hyun hit a hit. Ahn Sang-hyun advanced to third base with catcher Ahn Seung-han’s fastball and Oh Tae-gon’s sacrifice bunt. Kang-min Kim reached base with a walk.
With one out and 1st and 3rd bases on base, Han Yu-seom came out to bat. Hanyu Island was recording a scoring average of 0.833 in October. Hanyu Island failed to hit a timely hit in this at-bat, but he sent the ball into the outfield. He hit a sacrifice fly RBI. In the ensuing opportunity, Heredia hit a double. 2 outs, 2nd and 3rd bases. Ha Jae-hoon then hit a pushed ball, recording 2 RBIs and a timely hit, scoring 4 runs in the 3rd inning alone.
SSG widened the score gap in the bottom of the 4th inning. This time, it was a home run by the leadoff hitter. Seong-Hyun Kim targeted Jang Won-Jun’s 134 km/h two-seam fastball in 1B and drew a solo arch to the left.
SSG secured 3rd place on its own, and Doosan faced NC in a wild card match.
SSG activated its bullpen starting in the 7th inning. Min-Jun Choi took the mound and induced ground balls against Yu-Chan Lee, Jun-Young Park, and Ji-Hoon Park, all of whom made a clean three-way throw.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, there was an opportunity with one out and the bases loaded. Pinch hitter Choo Shin-soo had an infield hit. After Heredia retired with a fly ball to third base, Ha Jae-hoon hit a double. Park Seong-han got on base with a ball that fit his body.
Doosan removed Park Shin-ji and put Choi Seung-yong on the mound. Choi Seung-yong guided Kim Seong-hyeon to hit a ground ball to third base. After third baseman Yoo-chan Lee caught the ball, he stepped on third base and threw the ball home. Catcher Ahn Seung-han tagged out runner Choo Shin-soo on third base and did not allow a run.
Doosan started the top of the 8th inning with Ahn Seung-han’s hit. However, Cho Soo-haeng retired with a fly ball to left field. Taegeun Kim then reached base with a ground ball to third base, but the lead runner was caught. Kim In-tae hit a single with 2 outs and runners on first base, but Park Gye-beom was thrown out with a grounder to second base and was unable to add any points.
Lee Ro-woon, who came to the mound in the top of the 9th inning, caught leadoff hitter Kim Jae-ho with a fly ball to left field. After striking out Yu-chan Lee on three pitches, he ended the game by striking out Jun-young Park.
SSG maintained 3rd place with 76 wins, 3 draws, and 65 losses. Advance to the semi-playoffs was confirmed. Doosan, ranked 5th, finished the season with 74 wins, 2 draws, and 68 losses. Doosan will play the postseason wild card match against 4th place NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park starting on the 19th. To meet SSG in the semi-playoffs, Doosan must win two games in a row. NC only needs to win one game to advance to the semi-playoffs. The winner of the wild card match will play a best-of-five match against SSG for a playoff ticket starting on the 22nd.