3-hit explosion including 2 doubles by Goodrum + Long-haired ace again QS…Lotte wins SSG final in big way

The Lotte Giants won the season finale against the SSG Landers.

Lotte won the 16th game of the season against SSG 8-1 on April 24 at SSG Landers Field in Incheon. With the win, Lotte evened its record against SSG at 8-8 this season. Currently seventh in the standings, Lotte has closed the gap on fifth-place SSG to 4.5 games and is back in the hunt. SSG, on the other hand, took another step away from rejoining the top four with a loss after a win.

Lotte was led by a strong performance from starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson. Wilkerson gave up a leadoff home run to Choo Shin-soo in the first inning, but he didn’t allow another run until the sixth inning.

SSG opened the scoring with a solo home run by Choo Shin-soo in the first inning, but Lotte answered right back to tie the game. With one out in the top of the second, LOTTE loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Gudrum and Jung Dae-sun. With runners on first and second, Son Sung-bin lined a single to left off SSG starter Moon Seung-won to tie the game at 1-1.

While SSG faltered, Lotte responded. In the top of the fourth, leadoff hitter Jeon Jun-woo singled and the next batter, Jung Hoon, followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Goodrum struck out, but Jeong stole second. Jung then walked to load the bases with one out.

Working a full count, Son Sung-bin took a six-pitch slider that landed in front of the right fielder. A throwing error by SSG right fielder Han Yoo-seom gave Lotte two runners on base and a 3-1 lead.

Then, in the top of the fifth, Han Dong-hee hit a run-scoring home run. Han Dong-hee led off the fifth inning and took a 142-kilometer fastball from Moon Seung-won for a solo home run to center field. Her fifth home run of the season.

It didn’t end there. After Moon Seung-won was retired, Lotte took advantage of SSG’s second pitcher, Jong-hoon Park. After a walk, Jeon Jun-woo singled and Jung Hoon walked to load the bases again. A walk to Goodrum put runners on first and second. Jung Dae-sun got a pushing double off of Park Jong-hoon to give LOTTE a 5-1 lead.

After a brief lull, Lotte again rattled the SSG bullpen to score a run. With one out in the top of the seventh, Jung walked and Gudrum singled to put runners on first and third. Jung Dae-sun followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Jung-hoon from third. Lotte pulled away with a five-run lead, 6-1.

Then came the wedge in the top of the ninth. With one out, Gudrum doubled and was replaced by pinch-hitter Hwang Sung-bin. Jung Dae-sun singled and Hwang Sung-bin came home from third base to give Lotte a 7-1 lead. Lee Hak-joo then drew a bases-loaded walk to extend LOTTE’s lead to seven runs.토토사이트

SSG was unable to score another run after Choo Shin-soo’s home run. They were held to just four hits through the eighth inning, and in their final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, Han Yoo-seom and Choi Hang-hang singled but failed to capitalize on a subsequent double play. For Lotte, Shim Jae-min, Shin Jeong-rak and Kim Do-kyu shut the back door after Wilkerson was relieved after allowing three runs on six hits (one home run) with seven strikeouts and three walks.

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