The Kia Tigers returned to the winning column and started the chase for fifth place.
The Tigers won their 2023 KBO home game against the Hanwha Eagles 4-1 at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on May 25 to improve their record to 50 wins, 2 draws and 50 losses.
Kia’s Mario Sanchez outdueled Hanwha’s Ricardo Sanchez for the win in the ‘Sanchez Battle’.
The two pitchers, who share the same last name and country of origin (Venezuela), led a tense pitching battle, and KIA’s Sanchez, who was helped by the batting lineup, had the last laugh.
KIA opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with back-to-back singles by Kim Do-young and Na Sung-beom, followed by a grounder by Choi Hyung-woo to put runners on first and third.
In the fifth inning, with a 1-0 lead, Park Chan-ho, who is having his best year yet, took out Hanwha’s soul with a “foot ball.
After leading off with a single to right, Park stole second base when Na Sung-bum walked.
Then, after reaching third base on a strikeout by Nasung Bum, the ball trickled toward the backstop, and Hanwha catcher Choi Jae-hoon, who caught the ball while trying to throw Nasung Bum out at first base, stormed home to score the team’s second run.
The run was scored by Park Chan-ho’s feet without a single hit.
Hanwha Sanchez left the mound first, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings.
After being held hitless by Sanchez until the sixth inning, Hanwha got on the board in the top of the seventh when Chae Eun-sung led off with a double to right-center and Kim Tae-yeon followed with a single up the middle.
With the bases loaded, Sanchez got Choi Jae-hoon to fly out to center field and threw out the runner at first who had already run to second to end the threat, giving Sanchez seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball.
KIA catcher Choi Hyung-woo celebrated the victory with a two-run arch in the seventh inning. 안전카지노사이트