How did this happen? LG, once the ‘top two’, leads by 6 games… SSG fell to tied 5th place 

Professional baseball LG catches SSG and solidifies its lead…
Hong Chang-gi, with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, achieved the dream of winning the first integrated championship in 29 years  , and regained first place in batting average, surpassing Son Ah-seop with a batting average of 0.340.

“I’m not really thinking about becoming the batting king, but I don’t know what will happen until the end, so I’ll give it a try.” (LG Hong Chang-ki) Hong Chang-ki (29), the leader of the LG Twins’ charge, is getting hotter with his bat as the season draws to a close

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In the home game against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 16th, LG won 10-4 with 15 hits, including Hong Chang-ki’s hard hit.

Leading LG (72 wins, 2 draws, 47 losses, 0.605), which is challenging to advance to the Korean Series for the first time in 21 years since 2002 and to win the combined championship (regular season/Korean Series) for the first time in 29 years since 1994, is 2nd place KT Wiz (67), which did not have a game. They set out to solidify first place with a 6-game lead (wins, 3 draws, 54 losses, 0.554). 

LG has 23 games left in the regular season, and KT has 20 games remaining.

On the other hand, SSG, who suffered three consecutive losses, lost 4th place to KIA Tigers and tied for 5th place with Doosan Bears.

Hong Chang-gi started the game with a hit in front of left field in his first at-bat in the first inning.

He immediately stole second base and succeeded in stealing his 20th base of the season, then leisurely stepped home when follow-up batters Shin Min-jae and Kim Hyun-soo hit consecutive infield ground balls and succeeded in scoring the first run.

In the 5th inning, when they were narrowly ahead 1-0, with 2 outs and runners on second base, they scored a valuable extra point with a timely hit to right field, and even succeeded in scoring by hitting home with Kim Hyun-soo’s timely hit to make it 3-0.

LG,안전놀이터 which was cruising along, suddenly faltered in the top of the 6th inning when starting pitcher Casey Kelly hit a timely hit with 1 RBI to Guillermo Heredia and a timely hit with 2 RBIs to Joo-Hwan Choi, tying the game, and then replaced pitcher Jin-Seong Kim gave up another RBI and a timely hit to Seong-Han Park, turning the score around to 3-4. I was hit.

Hong Chang-gi, who came to bat with bases loaded and 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, hit a timely hit with 2 RBIs against SSG’s second pitcher, Ko Hyo-jun.

And with Shin Min-jae’s timely hit, he hit home again and scored his third goal of the day.

In the 7th inning, LG added 3 points through consecutive timely hits by Bo-Kyung Moon, Dong-Won Park, and Seong-Joo Moon to secure the victory.

On this day, Hong Chang-gi hit 3 hits in 5 at-bats, raising his batting average from 0.337 to 0.340, surpassing Son Ah-seop (NC Dinos, 0.339) and rising to first place in the league.

He also recorded his 99th point of the season, pushing out Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes, 97 points) and regaining the top scoring spot in the league.

LG Park Hae-min succeeded in stealing second base in the 5th inning, becoming the second player in KBO League history to steal 20 bases for 10 consecutive years.

The first place in this category is Jeong Geun-woo, who recorded 11 seasons from 2006 to 2016.

Games scheduled to be held in Gwangju, Daejeon, Busan, and Changwon were all canceled due to rain.

The Doosan-KIA (Gwangju) and KT-Hanwha Eagles (Daejeon) games were scheduled for 6:30 PM on Monday the 18th, and the Busan game between Kiwoom and Lotte Giants will be held at 6:30 PM on the 19th.

The Samsung Lions-NC Changwon game will be scheduled at a later date.

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