The KIA Tigers kept their fall baseball hopes alive by knocking off the KBO’s best pitcher, Eric Peddy (NC Dinos).
KIA won 6-4 against NC at NC Park in Changwon on April 26. With 62 wins, two ties and 61 losses, KIA moved within half a game of fifth-place SSG Landers (64 wins, two ties and 62 losses).
With a hole in its starting lineup, KIA started substitute Kim Gun-guk. NC was led by ace Pedi, who is chasing the pitching triple crown. However, Kim struggled against the NC bats. He gave up a run in the fourth inning, but held on until the second inning of the fifth.
Kim gave up an infield single to Kim Han-byul and was replaced, but the next pitcher, Kim Dae-yu, got Kim to ground out to shortstop to prevent further damage. Four and two-thirds innings, five hits, one run.
NC Peddie was also perfect until the third inning, allowing one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six and one-third innings, but she couldn’t get any help from her offense to get the win. Peddie’s quest for 20 wins will have to wait.
KIA recently suffered a setback when center fielders Na Sung-bum and Choi Hyung-woo went down with injuries. However, the remaining players showed their focus late in the game. In the seventh inning, Socrates Brito, Kim Sun-bin, and Lee Woo-sung hit three consecutive singles against the second pitcher, Ryu Jin-wook, to take a 2-1 lead. Kim Tae-gun and Park Chan-ho followed with RBI singles and capitalized on an error by NC second baseman Park Min-woo to make it 6-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jason Martin and Seo Ho-cheol each hit solo home runs to cut the deficit to three runs. In the bottom of the ninth, they had runners on second and third with no outs. However, they were only able to score one run and failed to complete the comeback. KIA closer Jung Hae-young took the mound in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win and earn the save.토토사이트
Meanwhile, the LG Twins-KT Wiz (Jamsil), SSG Landers-Dusan Bears (Incheon), and Hanwha Eagles-Samsung Lions (Daejeon) games scheduled for the day were canceled due to rain. The LG-KT game will be played as a doubleheader on the 27th, while the remaining games will be rescheduled at a later date.