There’s been a seismic shift in the bottom half of the KBO standings.
Riding a five-game winning streak, the Kiwoom Heroes leapfrogged the Doosan Bears into fifth place, pushing them down to sixth. KT WIZ also moved up to seventh after sweeping a midweek three-game series against the Lotte Giants.
The KIA Tigers dropped to eighth, while the Hanwha Eagles escaped from last place.
The Samsung Lions fell to last place for the first time in five years, one month and 1,865 days since May 14, 2018, based on games played of 10 or more.
Kiwoom rode an eight-inning no-hitter by Ahn Woo-jin to a 2-1 victory over visiting Samseong in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, on April 22.
Ahn scattered eight hits and did not allow a run to earn her fifth win of the season. With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, she struck out Kim Hyun-joon to end the threat.
Ahn lowered his ERA from 1.77 to 1.61, moving him into first place in that category.
He also solidified his status as a “lion hunter” by winning four straight games against Daegu and three against Samsung.
Kiwoom opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly by Lim Byung-wook in the top of the first inning after two hits and a walk.
In the fourth inning, he scored on a ridiculous throw from Samsung second baseman Kim Ji-chan.
After catching Lee Ji-young’s routine grounder, Kim took his time and threw to first base, sending Lee to second.
Song Sung-moon followed with a single to put runners on first and third, and Kim scored the second run on a sacrifice fly by Lim Ji-yeol.
Samsung broke its 25-inning scoreless streak in the bottom of the ninth when Kim Ji-chan hit a squeeze bunt to put runners on first and third with two outs.
However, two ground balls on the first and second base overturn opportunities resulted in a third straight loss.
In relief, Kiwoom closer Lim Chang-min recorded his first double-digit save in six years.
KT defeated Lotte 4-2 at Anbang in Suwon. KT has won six straight games against Lotte, including the three-game series.
Lotte was unable to capitalize on numerous bases-loaded opportunities, scoring just one run on a sacrifice fly.
In the first inning, Ahn Chi-hong hit a fielder’s choice and Yoo Kang-nam grounded into an infield single.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jeon Jun-woo was caught on an outfield grounder, and in the top of the seventh inning, Yoo Kang-nam’s sacrifice fly brought in just one run.
KT, on the other hand, did not miss any holes in Lotte’s defense and steadily accumulated runs.
With runners on first and second in the first inning, Park Byung-ho singled to right-center field to score Kim Min-hyuk from second, and Anthony Alford, who was on first, scored on a throwing error by the right fielder.
In the fourth inning, with the score 2-1, Bae Jae-dae led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a throwing error by the third baseman, and scored on a wild pitch.
Then, with runners on first and third in the fifth inning, Hwang Jae-gyun drove in the fourth run with a clean single that landed in front of the center fielder.
KT starter Wes Benjamin struggled, allowing five runs on six hits and six walks with four strikeouts in five innings, but he got some help from his offense to improve to 7-3 on the season 메이저사이트.
Hanwha earned a thrilling 1-0 victory over KIA in Daejeon.
In the third inning, Lee Jin-young doubled to right field and a walk put runners on first and third before Kim Tae-yeon hit a sacrifice fly to score the only run of the game.
Hanwha used six bullpen pitchers to hold the KIA bats to a single hit after Han Seung-hyuk pitched four scoreless innings.
Lee Tae-yang, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning with two strikeouts, picked up his first win since returning to Hanwha.
KIA was unable to capitalize on its few chances, including two walks and an infield single by Socrates Brito, and dropped to eighth place.
The top-ranked SSG Landers won 5-3 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul to send the Doosan Bears to their fourth straight loss.
Kirk McCarty pitched six innings of two-run ball to improve to 7-3.
At the plate, No. 4 hitter Guillermo Heredia went 3-for-5 with a home run and one RBI, while No. 6 hitter Kang Jin-sung went 4-for-4 with two RBI.
SSG took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Choi Jeong-jeong and Heredia hit back-to-back solo home runs off Doosan starter Choi Seung-yong.
It was Choi’s 16th home run of the season, tying him for the team lead in that category.
Doosan tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning with a bases-loaded walk to Yang Ji and an RBI single to left by Kang Seung-ho.
The SSG offense took the lead again in the fifth inning with back-to-back singles by Heredia and Park Sung-han to make it 3-2. With runners on first and second, Kang Jin-sung exploded for a two-run single to right field.
SSG gave up a solo home run to Yang Ji in the ninth, but the game was already decided.
In Changwon, the LG Twins scored the winning run in the 12th inning of extra innings on a “squeeze” bunt by Heo Do-hwan to beat the NC Dinos 4-3.
Second-place LG extended its lead over third-place NC to 4.5 games with a second straight come-from-behind victory 토토사이트순위, following a 9-3 win the day before when it scored six runs in the 10th inning of a 3-3 tie.
After conceding three runs to NC in the first inning due to starter Lee Im-ho’s struggles, LG tied the game in the top of the ninth inning when they were down 1-3 with two outs, thanks to Moon Sung-joo’s RBI double to center field.
Then, in the top of the 12th inning, Park Hae-min and Kim Hyun-soo singled to put runners on first and third, and Heo Do-hwan’s squeeze bunt finally turned the tide.
In the 10th inning, LG freshman Park Myung-geun pitched three solid innings to secure the win.