Hanwha wins 6-0 practice match against Lotte

The Hanwha Eagles defeated the Lotte Giants for their second straight exhibition win.

Hanwha swept Lotte Giants 6-0 in an exhibition game at Kushigawa Stadium in Uruma City, Okinawa, Japan, on Feb. 2. After a 5-9 come-from-behind loss against Japan’s Hanshin Tigers’ second team on Feb. 25 and a 5-5 draw against Samsung Lions on Feb. 26, Hanwha improved to 2-1-1 in Okinawa with a 15-2 blowout victory over KT on Feb. 28, showing off its two-hit harmony.

Hanwha’s starting lineup was Choi In-ho (left fielder), Peraza (center fielder), Ahn Chi-hong (first baseman), Noh Si-hwan (third baseman), Chae Eun-sung (designated hitter), Moon Hyun-bin (second baseman), Lee Jae-won (catcher), Lee Do-yoon (shortstop), and Lee Jin-young (right fielder). Ricardo Sanchez started on the mound.

For Lotte, Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder), Park Seung-wook (second baseman), Reyes (center fielder), Jeon Jun-woo (designated hitter), Han Dong-hee (third baseman), Noh Jin-hyeok (shortstop), Yoo Kang-nam (catcher), Na Seung-yeop (first baseman), Kim Min-seok (left fielder), and Aaron Wilkerson (left fielder) started on the mound.

Hanwha struck first in the first inning. Choi In-ho led off with a single to right and Peraza followed with a home run over the right-center field fence for a 2-0 lead. Lotte had runners on first and second in the second inning and second in the third inning against Sanchez, but couldn’t capitalize.

Hanwha then broke through with four runs in the fifth inning. After two outs against Na Gyun-ahn, Peraza and Ahn Chi-hong hit back-to-back singles, and Noh Si-hwan’s RBI single scored a run to make the score 3-0. In the next at-bat, Chae Eun-sung took a ball from Na Gyun-ahn and blasted a three-run homer to left field to make the score 6-0. Neither team scored any more runs after that, and the game ended with Hanwha’s victory.

After Sanchez pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and two walks, Han held the Lotte bats scoreless through six pitchers, including Han Seung-ju (⅔ innings), Lee Tae-young (1 inning), Han Seung-hyeok (1 inning), Moon Dong-joo (2 innings), Kim Ki-jung (1 inning), and Joo Hyun-sang (1 inning). At the plate, Peraza and Chae Eun-sung showed off their batting prowess with multi-hit games, including a home run, while Choi In-ho, batting leadoff, also had two hits.

On the other side, Lotte got two runs in three innings from Wilkerson and four runs in three innings from Na Gyun-an, while Choi Yi-joon, Woo Kang-hoon, and Park Jin pitched the other three innings of scoreless relief. The offense was unable to generate any meaningful offense, with Reyes, Oh Sun-jin, Yoo Kang-nam, and Kim Min-seok scattering four hits.


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