‘What hasn’t happened in 6 years, all three foreigners are good’ LG starts winning streak again, beats KIA and maintains sole lead
This is unusual. Usually, if two foreign pitchers do well, the foreign hitter cannot. Occasionally, there were times when foreign hitters were good, but then one foreign pitcher was a problem. For the first time since 2016, LG is playing together with three foreign players. LG started the winning streak again with the performance of foreign players for two days in a row.
LG won 5-3 against KIA in Gwangju on the 26th. Foreign hitter Austin Dean and foreign starting pitcher Adam Plutko led the win.먹튀검증
Austin played the role of a solver in the 4th batting order with a solo shot in the 2nd inning and 2 RBIs in the 3rd inning. Plutko threw 107 pitches and allowed one run in 5.2 innings. After joining the KBO League last year, he had the most hits with 10 hits, but overcame the crisis and won his 7th win of the season. His ERA was lowered from 2.15 to 2.10.
With this, LG continued its victorious spirit with Kelly playing an active role with 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings in the previous day’s Munhak SSG match. With 2 consecutive wins, the season record is 29 wins, 15 losses and 1 draw. It was the sole first place and left only one win in the first 30 wins.
Except for Kelly’s struggle in April, LG has built a trio of foreign players who are not envious. In 2016, he completed the best foreign squad since Henry Sosa, Luis Jimenez, and substitute foreign pitcher David Huff. There is a saying that 3 foreign players is half of the power, but for LG, which has a strong domestic player depth, the performance of 3 foreign players is like putting wings on the back of a tiger.
On this day, the game was also led by a foreign player from LG. In the top of the second inning, LG attacked Medina’s cut fastball with a ball count of 2-0, in which Austin, the lead batter, had an advantage. A strong batted ball came out and became a solo shot that crossed the left wall.
Austin’s work did not end there. Austin also scored an RBI in the top of the third inning. Park Hae-min’s walk and Oh Ji-hwan also chose a walk after two outs, and Austin hit two RBIs and doubles on second and third bases. This time, he attacked the lost pitch slider that was driven to the middle during the full count.
Leading 3-0, LG reached base in the top of the 4th inning with a right-handed hit by lead batter Moon Bo-gyeong. Moon Bo-gyeong advanced to second base with Park Dong-won’s pitcher grounder, and Kim Min-sung from the first out second base connected Medina’s two-seam fastball with a double at the right time to make it 4-0.
KIA, which was being dragged, counterattacked in the bottom of the 5th inning. Ryu Ji-hyeok’s double hit after 1 death, and Socrates hit Plutko’s first pitch curve at the right time in the 2nd and 2nd base. However, there were no additional points. Hits steadily came out and created chances, but when needed, no more timely hits came out.
Conversely, LG’s Ham Deok-joo took the mound at the bottom of the 6th inning with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base and struck out Ryu Ji-hyeok. Ham Deok-ju was also responsible for the bottom of the 7th inning, and at the end of the 8th, Jung Woo-young took the mound and completed a three-way offense. And in the top of the 9th inning, Park Dong-won, who topped the home run, hit his 13th solo shot of the season, widening the lead. At the end of the 9th inning, Yoo Young-chan and Park Myung-geun took the mound to LG, who had the chance to win, and stopped KIA from pursuing it.
KIA suffered its 6th loss (2 wins) with starting pitcher Adonis Medina scoring 4 runs in 6 innings. Following Medina, Kim Yu-shin played 3 innings, minimizing the bullpen consumption, which was a concern.
Hits came out steadily enough to record 13 hits for all starters, but hits came only in the 5th and 9th innings when needed. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Hyung-Woo Choi got an infield hit with 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base, and LG second baseman Jung Joo-Hyun made a throwing error and scored 2 runs. However, Jong-wook Ko struck out against Myeong-keun Park and the game ended.
With the defeat on this day, KIA suffered two consecutive losses, and the season record was 19 wins and 21 losses.