Kia uses batting focus to beat Lotte, escape second straight defeat

The KIA Tigers denied the Lotte Giants a third straight win. They rode their batting focus to victory on the final day of a three-game series away from home.

Kia won 6-0 against Lotte at Sajik Stadium on the 4th. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and improved KIA’s record to 23-24, raising hopes of a return to the top five.

Lotte, on the other hand, was looking to complete a three-game home sweep but fell short, dropping to 29-18. Their hopes of reaching the 30-win plateau for the season will have to wait until next time.

Kia’s starter Lee Yi-ri dominated the Lotte bats, throwing 104 pitches over five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts, while the bats rattled the Lotte mound with 15 hits, long and short.

The two teams battled to a pitcher’s duel until the fifth inning. KIA broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth inning. The bats came alive, scoring six runs on eight hits.

Leadoff hitter Ko Jong-wook opened the inning with a double off Lotte starter Han Hyun-hee. Socrates Brito followed with a timely double to right-centre field.

The Lotte bench sent left-handed set-up man Kim Jin-wook to the mound to replace Han Hyun-hee. However, KIA’s veteran left-hander Choi Hyung-woo hit an RBI single to score another run.토토사이트

The KIA bats didn’t cool down. Kim Sun-bin laid down a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs, and Lee Woo-sung followed with an RBI double off reliever Kim Do-gyu to bring both runners home.

After taking a 4-0 lead, Kia added RBI singles from Kim Kyu-sung and Ryu Ji-hyuk to make it 6-0.

Lee earned the win and improved to 5-3 on the season. Kia shut down the opposition with Lim Ki-young in the sixth and Kim Yoo-shin in the seventh. Lotte’s bats were limited to four hits on the day, failing to build on the momentum from the previous day’s shutout win.

Han Hyun-hee held the KIA bats scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, but she gave up back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth. Without recording a single out, she was pulled in the inning and took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings. He suffered his fifth loss of the season (4-0).

The second and final night of the three-game series between the two teams was a sellout (22,900).

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