Hanwha defeated Lotte and won two games in a row. After confirming their place in last place for the first time in four years, they are aiming for 8th place. 

Hanwha won 7-4 in the home game against Lotte in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 15th. 

Rookie Moon Hyun-bin hit a tying two-run home run in the second inning, followed by a timely hit in the sixth, going 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 3 RBIs, and 1 walk. Park Sang-eon also contributed with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats, and In-ho Choi also contributed with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 5 at-bats. 

On the mound, starter Lee Taeyang laid the foundation for victory by allowing 2 runs in 5 innings, while Joo Hyunsang, who blocked the first inning with a triple strike in the 6th inning, earned his second win of the season. Jung Woo-ram appeared in the 1003rd game of his career, setting a new record for the most appearances by an Asian pitcher. 

Hanwha, which won two games in a row, ranked 9th with 58 wins, 79 losses, and 6 draws. Lotte, ranked 7th, lost three times in a row, with 67 wins and 76 losses. 

Moon Hyun-bin tied the game with two runs, a wedge hit… Hanwha 6th inning, 5 points big inning

The first point was Lotte. In the top of the second inning, Lee Jeong-hoon’s hard ball hit the right leg of third baseman Noh Si-hwan on a short bounce. Lee Jeong-hoon went to first base due to a catching error, and Lee Hak-ju hit a home run in the ensuing chance with two outs and second base. He hit a 140km fastball high in the center on the 4th pitch from Hanwha starter Lee Tae-yang and went over the right wall. Distance 115m, 3rd home run of the season. 

Then Hanwha responded with a home run in the bottom of the second inning. With one out and runners on first base following Kim In-hwan’s heavy hit, Moon Hyun-bin pulled Lotte starter Na Kyun-an’s 144km fastball toward his body on the fourth pitch and sent it over the right field fence. Distance 115m, 5th home run of the season. It was a two-run shot that tied the game at 2-2. 

While the score of 2-2 remained until the 5th inning, Hanwha took the win with a 5-run big inning in the 6th inning. Jin-young Lee hit a grounder to shortstop in a bases-loaded chance with no outs, followed by Noh Si-hwan’s infield hit to third base, Chae Eun-seong’s walk, and Kim In-hwan’s infield hit to shortstop. It was a 6-4-3 double play course, but Lotte second baseman Jeong Dae-seon’s throw to first base missed the side. A runner on third base came home, and chances for runners on 1st and 3rd with one out followed.

With Lee Jin-young’s stolen second base on second and third bases with one out, Moon Hyun-bin pulled Na Kyun-an’s low outside cutter on the third pitch. He added 1 point with a timely hit to the right that broke through Lotte’s advanced infield defense. Moon Hyun-bin performed well with 2 hits and 3 RBIs in 3 at-bats, including a home run. 

Then, Park Sang-eon hit a three-RBI double to right-center field. While Lotte right fielder Yoon Dong-hee attempted a diving catch but was unable to catch it, Park Sang-eon went to third base. With 2 outs and 3rd base on base, In-ho Choi hit a timely hit to right after a 7-pitch match with the new pitcher, Jun-yong Choi, increasing the score to 7-2. Choi In-ho played evenly with 2 hits in 4 at bats and 1 RBI, Park Sang-eon went 3 at bats with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, and Kim In-hwan played 2 hits in 3 at bats. 

Lee Tae-yang, who laid the foundation for victory, and Jeong Woo-ram, the most in Asia with 1003G 

Hanwha starter Lee Taeyang pitched well in 5 innings, allowing 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs (no earned runs). They gave up a home run to Lee Hak-ju, but the team lasted until the 5th inning without allowing any additional runs due to an error.

Lee Tae-yang, who showed stability with three-way errors in the 4th to 5th consecutive inning, threw a total of 76 pitches, a maximum of 144km and an average of 141km, in addition to fastballs (29), forkballs, sliders (over 20), and curves (7). Although he failed to win, Taeyang Lee finished the season with an ERA of 3.23. 

Joo Hyun-sang, who came on as the second pitcher in the 6th inning, struck out Jeon Jun-woo on a missed swing and blocked Lotte’s main batting lineup with a three-way strike, earning his 2nd win (2nd loss) of the season. He also lowered his ERA from 2.03 to 1.99, establishing himself as a top bullpen pitcher in the league. 

After Jang Si-hwan pitched an inning without allowing a run in the 7th inning, Jung Woo-ram took the mound in the 8th inning. He set a new record for the most appearances by an Asian pitcher by appearing in his 1003rd game in his career. He surpassed Japan’s Hitoki Iwase’s record of 1002 games. In Taiwan, Gao Jianshan’s 636 games is the record for most appearances. Woo-Ram Jeong celebrated his great record by eliminating a three-way offense with 7 balls. 

The 9th episode was a little difficult. Closer Park Sang-won hit consecutive doubles from Jeon Jun-woo and Lee Jeong-hoon, then gave up a timely hit to Son Seong-bin, allowing two runs. Trailing 7-4 with 2 outs and runners on second base, Sang-won Park went down and Beom-su Kim came on. Kim Beom-soo, who caught Lee Hak-ju with a ground ball to first base and was responsible for the final out, recorded his first save of the season. 메이저놀이터

Lotte suffered its 8th loss (6th win) of the season as starter Na Kyun-an collapsed with 8 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 7 runs in 5⅓ innings. They did well to prevent the team from allowing 2 runs until the 5th inning, but due to poor defense in the 6th inning, they allowed 5 runs in a big inning. The season ended with the average ERA soaring from 3.46 to 3.80. /waw@osen.co.kr

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