‘Pajuk’s 6th straight win’ 3rd place is also in sight

KT Wiz swept a midweek three-game series against SSG Landers to tie their longest winning streak of the season.

KT won the 12th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against SSG 3-1 on Wednesday at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. The team swept the three-game series following an 8-0 win on the first day and a 1-0 victory on the second day, and has won six straight games.

Starting pitcher Uhm Sang-baek earned his fifth win of the season (sixth overall) with seven innings of six-hit ball, five strikeouts, two walks and one run. At the plate, Park Byung-ho hit the tying run and Hwang Jae-gyun hit the winning run.

After the game, manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “The starting pitchers have been playing very well lately. Uhm Sang-baek handled the early crisis well and pitched well inning after inning. Congratulations to Young-hyun Park for his 20 holds.”

Park became the third KT player to record 20 holds in a single season. He is the fifth in the history of the organization. Joo Kwon in 2019 (25 holds), Joo Kwon in 2020 (31 holds), Joo Kwon in 2021 (27 holds), and Kim Min-soo in 2022 (30 holds).

KT has tied the record for the longest winning streak this season (six). The previous six-game winning streak was from June 3 against Suwon Doosan to June 9 against Suwon Kiwoom. This is the first six-game winning streak in 55 days.

The SSG hasn’t swept a three-game series in 706 days. The previous sweep was from Aug. 25-27, 2021, at home in Suwon.

KT also completed its second consecutive series sweep. It was the first time in 1490 days since June 28-30, 2019 against KIA in Suwon and July 2-4 against 먹튀검증 Samsung Electronics in Suwon.

“I also want to praise the concentration of the batters. After two outs, we were able to take the lead with veteran Park Byung-ho’s tying hit and Hwang Jae-gyun’s game-winning hit. We defended the two runs well until the end,” he said, “and we are grateful to our fans for their support in the hot weather.”

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