Doosan ‘one point’ away from 3rd place
NC went from 3rd to 5th in one day
SSG, in the midst of a three-way battle for third place in the Korean Baseball Organization, pulled off a five-run comeback victory over NC, led by two home runs from Oh Tae-gon (pictured). SSG scored six runs in the eighth inning to come from behind to win 10-8 against the visiting NC at Changwon NC Park on April 8.
SSG, which was in fifth place the day before, jumped to sole possession of fourth place with the win, improving to 72 wins, three draws and 64 losses (0.529 winning percentage). They are only one point behind third-place Doosan (71 wins, 2 draws, 63 losses – 0.530 win percentage) with no wins. Meanwhile, NC, who were third the previous day, dropped to fifth place in one day.
SSG’s victory was led by Oh Tae-gon, who batted first on the day. With a 2-1 lead, Oh hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning against opposing starter Song Myung-ki. However, SSG fell behind 3-8 by the end of the seventh inning after giving up back-to-back home runs to NC’s Park Se-hyuk.토토사이트
SSG’s comeback came in the top of the eighth. With runners on first and second, SSG scored two runs on a double by pinch-hitter Ha Jae-hoon, followed by a single by pinch-hitter Kim Kang-min to cut the deficit to 6-8. With runners on first and third, Oh completed the “Promised Eighth” with a walk-off three-run home run over the left field fence off NC reliever Lee Yong-chan, who was relieved early. Choi then drove in the winning run in the top of the ninth with a solo home run. With his 29th home run of the season, Choi moved to within two of the home run leader Noh Si-hwan (31). SSG brought in Seo Jin-yong in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 10-8 lead to secure the win. With his one-hit shutout inning, saves leader Seo earned his 40th save of the season (4-4).
In Jamsil, Doosan defeated Lotte 2-1 behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Brandon. Brandon improved to 11-3 with six innings of one-hit ball, one walk and eight strikeouts. Sixth-ranked KIA kept its postseason hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Samsung in Gwangju. Kia moved to within three games of fifth-place NC. Second-place KT beat ninth-place Hanwha 9-2 to stay within four games of third-place Doosan.