– Lotte 3rd match canceled due to rain
– 9 consecutive matches of death… The Lotte Giants of professional
baseball suffered their first loss since the resignation of coach Larry Sutton. Despite starting pitcher Charlie Barnes’ 7-inning, 1-run comeback, he was unable to smile due to the silence of the batting line, errors, and baserunners.
Lotte lost 0-2 in the game against Doosan held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 3rd. Lotte, who had been unable to play both games against Doosan due to rain prior to this day, achieved its first win under acting coach Lee Jong-un in the match against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 31st of last month, but failed to continue its winning streak.
Lotte starter Barnes pitched well in 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, and 1 run (non-earned). He showed perfect pitching, not giving up a single walk. Barnes threw 93 pitches, with 32 changeups being the most. He hit fastballs (26) and the highest velocity was 146 km. There was no player in the batting lineup who recorded multiple hits. Yoo Kang-nam was the only player on the day to reach multiple bases with a hit and hit. In addition to Yoo Kang-nam, Yoon Dong-hee, Ahn Chi-hong, Jeon Jun-woo, and Gudrum each had a hit, and Lotte’s batting lineup was sluggish with 5 hits.
Lotte had the first opportunity to score in the second inning, but could not save it. With the score tied 0-0 and one out in the bottom of the second inning, Nico Goodrum opened the game with a double in front of left field and then reached third base when Han Dong-hee grounded out. However, Seo Dong-wook retired with a hit and did not come home.
Lotte gave up its first run in the third inning. Barnes was hit by leadoff hitter Kang Seung-ho in front of left field. Afterwards, Han Dong-hee, who caught Yu-chan Lee’s ordinary ground ball to third base, failed to throw it properly, leading to a crisis with no outs on first and third base. Then, when Soo-bin Su-bin was at bat, Doosan attempted to steal a double base, and while first base runner Lee Yu-chan was caught in a rundown, third base runner Seung-ho Kang came home and gave up the first run. It wasn’t recorded as an error, but it was given points that didn’t need to be given.
Lotte unfortunately missed the opportunity to tie the game in the 4th inning, trailing 0-1. Leadoff hitter Ahn Chi-hong reached base with a double along the left field line and then advanced to third base with Jeon Jun-woo’s sacrifice hit. However, the follow-up hitter Goodrum’s hit was caught by Doosan shortstop Kim Jae-ho. Then, Han Dong-hee hit a ground ball to shortstop, and Ahn Chi-hong was unable to hit the home run.온라인바카라
The two teams then engaged in a fierce pitching battle. Lotte took out a pinch hitter card in the 7th inning to tie the game. When leadoff hitter Gudrum retired with a ground ball to shortstop, Noh Jin-hyuk and Ko Seung-min were brought to the plate as pinch hitters for Han Dong-hee and Seo Dong-wook, respectively. However, they also retired with strikeouts and fly balls.
Lotte’s defeat deepened in the 8th inning. Second pitcher Koo Seung-min allowed leadoff hitter Kim Tae-geun to get on base in the 8th inning with a ball that hit his body. Kim Tae-geun, who reached second base on Park Gye-beom’s sacrifice bunt, came home with a single in front of Yang Eui-ji’s center fielder. Lotte suffered defeat in the final attack in the bottom of the 9th inning with a three-way retreat.
Meanwhile, Lotte will play Doosan at Sajik Stadium on the 4th, a rest day, as the game on the 2nd was canceled due to bad weather. As a result, 9 consecutive games will be played, including a double header (against Changwon NC) on the 9th. As the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) implemented expanded entry on the 1st, Lotte called up Kim Kang-hyeon and Jin Seung-hyeon (pitchers), Son Seong-bin, Seo Dong-wook (catchers and above), and Hwang Seong-bin (outfielder) from the second team.