‘Oh, to be hit with 2 outs in the 9th inning,’

Park Byung-ho’s dramatic eighth-inning homer gave KT a 7-5 lead, but trusted closer Kim Jae-yoon gave up a shocking three-run shot to Oh Ji-hwan.

The game-winning two-run shot off Park Dong-won in the eighth inning was the deciding factor in KT’s loss in Game 2 of the Korean Series on April 8, but before that, the offense missed multiple opportunities to score more runs. It looked like an easy win until they scored four runs against LG starter Choi Won-tae in the first inning, but they went silent from the second through the ninth innings, and the young pitching staff couldn’t handle the pressure and gave up four runs in the sixth through the eighth innings after taking a 4-1 lead.

KT manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “Park Dong-won’s home run was a good pitch. I can’t blame the pitcher. After the game, I thought, ‘I wish we could have gotten one more run. 먹튀검증 The bats didn’t score enough runs and we lost the second game.”

Lee made a drastic change to his lineup for the third game,

Kim Sang-soo (center fielder), Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman), Park Byung-ho (first baseman), Jang Jang-woo (catcher), Moon Sang-chul (designated hitter), Anthony Alford (left fielder), Oh Yun-seok (second baseman), and Cho Myung-ho (right fielder). They bumped Bae Joo-dae from the bottom of the order to the top of the order and dropped the struggling Alford from the third to the seventh spot. Park Byung-ho, who batted 1-for-43 in the postseason, remained in the No. 4 spot.

Lee said, “Park Byung-ho and Alford didn’t match up well, so I dropped them. Hwang Jae-gyun has a good batting average against Im Chan-kyu.” “The table setter can be solved if Kim Sang-soo has good contact and the platoon gets on base. Kim Sang-soo kept going to the leadoff spot, so his stamina dropped. I hope he hits well,” and wished the batting lineup a rebound.

KT’s tablesetter reorganization was a big hit.

In the first and third innings, Kim and Kim Sang-soo walked back-to-back to put runners on first and second with no outs. The problem was the cleanup trio led by Park Byung-ho. After Hwang Jae-gyun struck out swinging with runners on first and second in the first inning, Park Byung-ho forced an inning-ending double play, and with runners on first and second in the third inning, trailing 0-3, Hwang hit an RBI double, but Park, who came in with runners on second and third, hit a short fly ball to right field. The team’s No. 4 hitter left the game without a sacrifice fly.

With runners on second and third, Jang Jang-woo’s well-placed pitch went straight to the second baseman, and Hwang Jae-gyun, who hadn’t made it to second base, was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

LG starter Im Chan-kyu faced trouble in every inning, but thanks to Park Byung-ho’s dreadful hitting in scoring position, he minimized the damage with 3⅔ innings of six-hit ball, three walks, four strikeouts and one run.

KT rallied in the fifth inning after falling behind 0-3.

It started with Park Byung-ho’s first hit of the Korean Series. Shortstop Oh Ji-hwan’s throwing error and left fielder Moon Sung-joo’s throwing error put runners on first and second, and pinch-hitters Kim Min-hyuk and Alford (who doubled) hit back-to-back singles to tie the game at 3-3. A fielder’s choice by pinch-hitter Lee Ho-yeon put runners on first and second with two outs, and Choi Seong-ho delivered a game-winning RBI single.

KT brought up starter Wes Benjamin in the sixth inning with a 4-3 lead, but he gave up a single to left field to the first batter, Moon Bo-kyung. The KT bench then pulled Benjamin and brought up Son Dong-hyun, who had a stellar pre-postseason record, but the impact of his eight-game hitting streak in fall baseball was greater than expected. He faced Park Dong-won, who hit the game-winning home run in Game 2, and on a 2B-1S unfavorable count, sent a four-pitch fastball in the low 140s over the left field fence.

The Steel Magic’s faithful baseball showed in the promising eighth inning. Trailing 4-5, the top of the eighth was led off with a walk, Sang-soo Kim laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Hwang Jae-gyun followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 5-5.

Park Byung-ho was next up to bat.

On a 2B-2S count, he took a five-pitch 149-kilometer fastball from LG closer Ko Woo-seok and smashed it over the left field fence. It was a two-run shot that shook off his slump.

However, despite Park Byung-ho’s home run, KT’s Game 3 ended with a sad ending. Leading 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Kim Jae-yoon was brought in, but after a leadoff single by Hong Chang-gi and a walk to Austin, he gave up a heartbreaking three-run homer to Oh Ji-hwan with runners on first and second. They gave up the lead again with one out to end the game.

The final result was a 7-8 loss for KT. It was the second straight loss for the team after a one-game sweep, as they once again missed out on a close win. For the second game in a row, KT gave up a come-from-behind home run, and the impact was more than just two losses.

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