Lotte escapes 4 consecutive defeats, commander praises ‘Ma Huang’ + ‘Glasses Ace’!

The Lotte Giants snapped a long, four-game losing streak behind a strong pitching performance from “Glasses Ace” Park Se-woong and a brilliant base-running performance from “Demon King” Hwang Sung-bin.

Lotte won the best-of-five series against KT Wiz in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League 2-0 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Saturday. The win snapped a four-game losing streak that began against the LG Twins in Sasik on April 10 and set the stage for a rebound.

Lotte was led by a perfect game from starting pitcher Park Se-woong. Park dominated the KT lineup, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings. He picked up his fourth win of the season, giving him the green light to reach double-digit wins.

Park dominated KT’s lineup with a powerful fastball that touched 100 mph (149 km/h) and a mix of sliders, curveballs, and forkballs. His slider was also a favorite, reaching up to 141 mph.

It was also a big win for Park, who bounced back from his previous start against the Sasik LG Twins on April 10, when he allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits, one home run, four walks and three strikeouts in 5⅔ innings.

Lotte’s Pil Seung-jo, who took the mound after Park Se-woong, also pitched well. Kim Sang-soo pitched one inning of one-hit ball, Jeon Mir pitched one inning of one-hit ball, and Kim Won-joong pitched two innings of one-hit ball to shut down KT’s resistance.

The Lotte bats were highlighted by leadoff hitter Hwang Sung-bin. Hwang Sung-bin had the only multi-hit game of the day, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He used his quick feet to get his team on the board in the top of the first inning after drawing a leadoff walk, and later scored on a bunt single with the bases loaded in the top of the third.

Hwang Sung-bin made his first first-team start in 18 days after suffering a hamstring injury on April 28, and he did not disappoint. For Lotte, whose primary goal is to escape the bottom of the standings, Hwang’s successful comeback 토토사이트 gave the team more momentum in its quest for the title.

Go gave Lotte a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a bases-loaded single to center field. Lotte would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game.

Lotte had some bad news heading into the game, losing captain and No. 4 hitter Jeon Jun-woo to left calf cramps, but they didn’t let that stop them. The pitchers stepped up their game and the fielders were focused on defense to put KT away.

Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung said after the game, “Starting pitcher Park Se-woong pitched well for six innings. Kim Sang-soo, Jeon Mir, and Kim Won-joong, who pitched after him, also did a good job of keeping KT’s bats in check without allowing any runs,” said Kim.

“Hwang Sung-bin, who returned from injury, played well not only offensively but also defensively,” he said. “Despite the sudden injury to our captain, Jeon Jun-woo, we were able to win because the players were united and focused.”


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