The KIA Tigers took a step closer to ‘fall baseball’ with a seven-game winning streak.
Han Jun-soo, Na Sung-beom, and Oh Sun-woo led the Tigers to a 12-4 victory over SSG Landers in the 2023 KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on April 2.
With the win, KIA, which has won seven straight games, moved to within 2.5 games of the sixth-place Doosan Bears, whose game was canceled due to rain earlier in the day.
With SSG veteran Moon Seung-won and KIA rookie Yoon Young-chul facing off in the starting lineup, KIA took the early lead.
KIA opened the scoring in the first inning with two walks and runners on first and second as Choi Hyung-woo hit a double down the right field line, and Socrates Brito followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
In the top of the second, Hwang Dae-in walked and “backup catcher” Han Jun-soo hit a two-run homer to right field to make it 4-0.
SSG cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the third after Kim Sung-hyun singled and veteran catcher Lee Heung-ryun hit a two-run home run to left field.
In the bottom of the fourth, Oh Tae-gon singled up the middle and stole second, and Kim Sung-hyun brought him home with a single to left to cut the deficit to one.
However, KIA extended its lead to 6-3 in the top of the seventh when Socrates hit a two-run double to right-center field with runners on first and second.
In the next at-bat, pinch-hitter Ko Jong-wook hit an RBI single to right field to make it 7-3.
In the top of the eighth inning, Na Sung-bum blasted a two-run homer to center field, and in the top of the ninth inning, Oh Sun-woo hit a three-run shot to left field for a 9-4 lead.
Na has been cannonballing for the last three games in a row, while Oh hit his first home run in three seasons.
KIA starter Yoon Young-cheol gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings, but got the win with the help of his bats.
Third-place SSG suffered its third straight loss. 파워볼사이트