Kiwoom Heroes won 5-3 in the away match of Game 7 of the season against Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 22nd. Starting with the NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 6th ahead of the All-Star break, Kiwoom ended the first half with seven consecutive losses, kneeling in a row against the Doosan Bears-KT Wiz. And by losing the previous day (21st), Kiwoom is on the verge of winning nine consecutive games, the most consecutive losses in the club. But the worst was avoided.
On this day, Kiwoom earned its sixth win of the season with starter Yariel Furado pitching 92 pitches, seven hits, three walks, two strikeouts and two runs (two earned runs) in five innings. And starting with Yang Hyun (one run in innings), Lee Myung-jong (⅔ innings), Kim Sung-jin (1 inning), Kim Jae-woong (1 inning), and Lim Chang-min (1 inning) took the mound one after another to block Lotte’s batters and cut off their consecutive losses. Lim Chang-min is the 16th KBO player to reach 110 saves.
Head coach Hong Won-ki said, “Furado has done his job for five innings. “I blocked the inning well while minimizing runs,” he said adding, “Lee Myung-jong, who was in a crisis in the sixth inning, was able to keep the win thanks to making a double play, and the bullpen, who came out afterwards, also calmly threw the ball and overcame the difficulties.”
In the batting line, Ronnie Dawson, Kiwoom’s “New Face” $85,000 (about 110 million won), played well with one hit and one RBI in three at-bats. The first hit in his first at-bat since his debut led to the winning hit. And Lee Jung-hoo flew with three hits, one RBI, and one walk in three at-bats, while Kim Hye-sung scored two runs on one hit, one stolen base, and Lee Won-seok scored one hit and one RBI, including a net defense.
Dawson’s timely hit in the first inning opened the way for the attack, the head coach said. “In the seventh inning, I led the victory with a timely hit by Kim Hye-sung triple-Lee Jung-hoo.”
However, Kiwoom couldn’t just laugh in the game. Kiwoom asked for a voluntary replacement in the top of the eighth inning, with Lee Jung-hoo complaining of abnormal symptoms. That’s why I felt pain in my left ankle. Lee Jung-hoo, who had been limping, returned to the bench with trainer support and took emergency measures with icing. Kiwoom is in a position to conduct a hospital checkup after watching the progress of the ankle, but the condition is not looking very good.