The joys and sorrows are clearly mixed after the first three games of the season between LG and Kiwoom, Seoul rivals in professional baseball. After the first rivalry between the two teams, the so-called ‘El Kirashiko’, LG is on a winning streak, while Kiwoom has fallen into a losing streak.
LG won 3-2 in the home game against Samsung in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 9th. I had a good rest day after sweeping all three matches over the weekend.안전놀이터
LG, who had 4 consecutive victories, jumped to 2nd place with 6 wins and 2 losses. 1st place is the ‘defending champion’ SSG (5 wins, 1 loss) with 4 consecutive wins, 0.5 games behind LG.
For LG, it is leading to a good atmosphere after winning the winning series at the end of three consecutive matches with Kiwoom during the week. In particular, LG faced Kiwoom with 1 win and 1 loss in 3 consecutive matches, and on the 6th, the last game, 5 starters Kang Hyo-jong won 5-0 with a good fight in 5 innings, 4 strikeouts, 3 hits, 4 walks and no runs.
Driven by momentum, LG swept three consecutive weekend home opening games. Above all, the atmosphere reached its peak as he ran a winning streak on the 8th and 9th consecutive days with an ending hit. On the 8th, Austin Dean in the bottom of the 9th inning, and on the 9th, in the bottom of the 10th, Moon Bo-Kyung got a final hit. Moon Bo-kyung scored two final strokes last week alone and rose to the top of the season.
The mound was also solid. Last week, LG showed off the salty water of the team’s ERA (1.00). Last year, Jung Woo-young, the king of holds (35), supported the team’s victory with 2 holds.
On the other hand, Kiwoom’s atmosphere deteriorated after three consecutive home matches against LG during the week. In the opening two games against Hanwha, they could not continue the momentum of winning all ends. Kiwoom, who suffered a losing series of 1 win and 2 losses, gave up both NC and Changwon expeditions.
Kiwoom, who was in first place alone, fell to 7th place (3 wins and 5 losses) with 1 win and 5 losses after the opening two consecutive games. In particular, I couldn’t get out of my recent 4 consecutive losses and took a break with a heavy heart.
Not all pitching was good. Kiwoom’s team ERA last week was 5.29, the only one in the 5-point range among 10 clubs. The team’s batting average was also the only one in the 10% range (109p7). The only victory last week was against LG on the 5th, in which right-hander Choi Won-tae gave up 1 run in 6 innings. Fortunately, Kiwoom scored only two points.
Lead hitter Lee Jung-hoo played a long-awaited performance with 3 hits, 1 home run and 1 RBI on the 8th, but could not prevent the team from losing. In the 8th inning, the bullpen gave up 5 runs and lost 5-11. The offense was not bad enough to be 2 fewer than NC with 13 hits, but the mound collapsed and we couldn’t win.
Coincidentally, the two clubs have a relationship between the former and current command towers. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop, who took over as LG command tower from this season, took the lead of Kiwoom’s predecessor Nexen from 2013 to 2016. Coach Yeom voluntarily resigned in the 2016 season, but after losing in the semi-playoff with LG. Director Yeom took over the command tower of LG, which was the enemy at the time in 2016 this year.
There is no guarantee that the current performance will continue as it is at the beginning of the season, as each club has only played 5-8 games yet. However, at the beginning of the season when the spirit fight unfolds, the joys and sorrows of the two teams are clearly mixed.