The bottom-ranked Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization snapped the KIA Tigers’ seven-game winning streak on the final day of the first half behind a complete-game shutout by “Tiger Hunter” David Buchanan.
Samsung won 4-1 against KIA in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on Wednesday.
With the win, Samsung ended a six-game losing streak against KIA this season and recorded its 31st win of the season (49 points) to narrow the gap to five games over the ninth-place Kiwoom Heroes (38 points, 2 draws, 46 points), who suffered their seventh straight defeat at KT Wiz earlier in the day.
Unlike his teammates, Buchanan, who is unusually strong for KIA, pitched nine innings of one-hit ball (four hits, eight strikeouts, one run) to record his seventh win of the season. He also extended his winning streak against KIA to six games, dating back to May 21, 2021, in Daegu.
KIA saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end as the bats failed to capitalize on Buchanan. The game was also shaken by the aftermath of an ambiguous call early in the game, which resulted in the ejection of manager Kim Jong-guk.
Yang, who was attempting to tie the franchise record for most career starts, was unsupported in the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits (one home run) with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings. Yang needs one more win to tie Song Jin-woo with 163 career starts.
The game was tipped by a single call in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Jose Pirela hit a grounder and sprinted to first base, running inside the foul line. Yang Hyun-jong, who caught the ball, threw to first base to avoid Pirela, but his throw was inaccurate.
The KIA bench immediately requested a video replay, arguing that Pirela had taken off three feet and interfered with the defense. However, the umpires upheld the original call, saying that “the pitcher threw the ball out of bounds from the beginning” and pointed to Yang’s throwing error.
Kia head coach Kim Jong-guk protested vehemently to the umpires, but the call could not be overturned. Kim was ordered to leave the game, as the rule states that if a manager appeals after the call has been decided by video review, he is automatically ejected.
In the second inning, with runners on first and third base, the KIA players lost their concentration. Yang Hyun-jong’s three-pitch fastball was poorly caught by catcher Kim Tae-gun and dropped behind the plate. In the meantime, third baseman Kim Sung-yoon came home. It was an unfortunate error for Kia.
Samsung got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Kim Jae-sung hit a high changeup from Yang Hyun-jong for a two-run shot. Kim Jae-sung’s grand slam came at a crucial time.
Samsung made it 4-0 in the top of the eighth when Ryu Ji-hyuk singled, Lee Jae-hyun sacrificed, and Kim Jae-sung walked to put runners on first and second with one out.
KIA scored one run in the bottom of the ninth on Na Sung-beom’s infield grounder with runners on first and second and third to avoid a scoreless loss.
The NC Dinos pounded out 14 hits, including three home runs, in the eighth game of the Nakdong River Derby against the Lotte Giants at Changwon NC Park to win 13-3.
NC, which won the final two games of the first half against Lotte, moved into sole possession of fourth place with a 39-1 record.
Lotte, which broke the five-way tiebreaker with 38 wins and 39 losses, is in fifth place. It was the first time in 84 days that Lotte had a “negative” win-loss margin since April 20, when they went 7-8.
Jason Martin went 4-for-4 with two doubles (two home runs), one walk, five RBIs and three runs scored, including his first career back-to-back home run.
Son, who is second on the team’s all-time hits list, continued his hot hitting by going 5-for-5 with three RBIs, while Yoon Hyung-jun was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored.
NC opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a bases-loaded double by Yoon, and Martin followed with a three-run blast in the top of the second to chase Lotte starter Charlie Barnes.
NC exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third inning off second baseman Han Hyun-hee. Do Tae-hoon hit a two-run homer, Son As-seop doubled, Seo Ho-cheol singled, and Martin followed with a two-run shot.
NC added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend its lead to 13-0.
Lotte scored two runs in the top of the sixth on RBI singles by Lee Hak-joo and Yoon Dong-hee, and one run in the top of the ninth on a home run by Han Dong-hee, but it was not enough to turn the game around.
KT swept a three-game road trip with a 9-0 victory over Kiwoom at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
KT, which improved to 37-2-41, remained in seventh place, while Kiwoom, which suffered its seventh straight loss, dropped to 38-2-46 and remained in ninth place.
KT starter Ko Young-pyo, who was taped after being hit in the calf by a hard hit by Joo Sung-won in the bottom of the second inning, pitched seven innings of five-hit ball with four walks and nine strikeouts. It was his eighth win of the season. He also picked up his first win in his 10th career start.
KT scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Anthony Alford to take control of the game. After adding two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth, KT extended the lead to 9-0 in the top of the ninth on back-to-back home runs by Park Byung-ho and Kim Jun-tae.
Kiwoom’s substitute foreign pitcher Ian McKinney suffered the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in four innings to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Jamsil Hanwha Eagles-LG Twins and Incheon Doosan Bears-SSG Landers games were rained out. 고스톱 A total of 48 games were canceled in the first half due to rain and fine dust.