It wasn’t a ‘tying hit’ or a ‘game-winning hit’… Who drew the praise from Lee?
The Doosan Bears pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind 6-3 victory over the Hanwha Eagles in the eighth home game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Sunday. With their second straight victory, Doosan clinched the three-game midweek ‘Winning Series’.
Doosan, whose rotation was disrupted by the loss of three starters due to injury, used Park Shin-ji as a replacement. He had been performing well in the last two games. The Doosan bench was quick to respond to Park’s disappointing performance, as he allowed two runs (two earned) in two innings without any help from the defense.
Starting with Kim Myung-shin (2 innings), Baek Seung-woo (1 inning), Park Jeong-soo (1 run in 1⅔ innings), and Lee Hyung-beom (⅓ inning) combined for five innings of one-run ball, laying the foundation for the comeback win. The bats, which had been struggling to capitalize on opportunities, responded. Yang went 2-for-4 with a game-tying double, two RBIs, one stolen base, and one run scored, Yang Seok-hwan had two hits and two RBIs, and Lee Yoo-chan had two hits, one walk, one RBI, and two runs scored. 안전놀이터
With a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning, Doosan brought in Lee Young-ha, who pitched a scoreless inning. In the ninth inning, with a 6-3 lead, Hong Gun-hee, who had pitched the previous day (June 6), came in and shut down the Hanwha bats without allowing an earned run to secure the win.
After the game, coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “We were able to win because the players didn’t give up until the end in a game that wasn’t easy,” adding, “I especially want to praise Kim Dae-hyun’s initiative in the seventh inning, when he endured four pitches in the second inning with runners on first and second and 0B-2S. Thanks to his patience, Yang Ji and Yang Suk-hwan’s RBI singles came in quick succession.”
“Also, captain Heo Kyung-min’s aggressive base running in the eighth inning led to an extra base hit,” he said. “The bullpen pitchers who minimized the runs in a game where the starters went down early today also had a hard time,” he added, praising the performance of the players who played a role in the comeback victory.