Professional baseball LG’s first pennant race win in 29 years is just around the corner.스포츠토토 After winning the match against 2nd place KT and losing to 3rd place NC, the magic number for winning the regular season was immediately reduced by 2 from 3 to 1.
LG won 5-4 in the away game against KT in the 2023 KBO League held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 2nd. Leading LG, which caught second place KT, also lost 3rd place NC to Hanwha 0-10 that day, reducing its magic number for winning the regular season to 1. With 9 games left in the 2023 KBO League, LG needs just one more win to secure first place in the regular league and successfully advance directly to the Korean Series for the first time in 29 years since 1994. LG has no games scheduled for the 3rd. If KT loses to KIA at home in Suwon on the 3rd and NC also loses to SSG in Incheon, LG’s magic number 1 will disappear.
On this day, LG called up ‘King Hyojong’ Kang Hyo-jong from the second team and appointed him as a starter. They defeated KT with concentration, scoring all 5 runs scored that day after 2 outs. In the top of the third inning, with two outs and runners on first and second base, LG took the lead with Park Hae-min’s hit to left, and Kim Hyun-soo hit a two-run hit to right to take a 3-0 lead.
KT also launched a counterattack. In the bottom of the third inning, Anthony Alford hit a left-handed two-run shot to make it 3-2. LG ran away with a 4-2 lead in the top of the 5th inning, scoring 1 run while KT’s second pitcher Ha Jun-ho threw 3 walks and 2 wild pitches, and in the 7th inning, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Oh Ji-hwan hit a double to the right field line. By adding one point, they widened the score gap to 5-2 and took the win.
KT also scored 1 run in the bottom of the 8th inning with Kim Sang-soo’s double with 1st and 2nd bases out and 1 out, and with 1 out and bases loaded, Hwang Jae-gyun drew a walk to make it 4-5, but at the ensuing opportunity with 1 out and bases loaded, Alford hit a double play. and failed to turn the tables.
For LG, starter Kang Hyo-jong allowed 2 runs in 3.2 innings, but Lee Woo-chan (0.1 inning), Park Myung-geun (1 inning), Choi Dong-hwan (1 inning), Baek Seung-hyeon (1 inning), Kim Dae-hyun (0 inning), and Kim Jin-seong (2 inning) followed. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs, shaking off KT’s chase.