“LG and Lotte say that when they play baseball, it’s like this. It was my first time experiencing it, so I was embarrassed. (Director of LG Yeom Gyeong-yeop)
The first “Ellot Lasico” of the 2023 season between the LG Twins and Lotte Giants is over. This three-game series ended with Lotte’s advantage, but both teams suffered internal injuries to the extent that it was impossible to say who was the winner.
Lotte won 8-7 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank메이저사이트 SOL KBO League home game against LG held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 13th. With this, Lotte finished this home 3-game series with 2 wins and 1 loss.
From the past, LG and Lotte have always been famous for fierce competition regardless of team strength. I couldn’t be relieved that one team ran away with a lot of goals. Last season, LG lost all of the first 4 matches, but after that, Lotte also gave up 7 games, including a game in which 3 mistakes were made in one inning (August 4). Pointed out.
From the first day of the three-game series, the game went terribly. For LG, right-hander Lee Min-ho was left out of the roster due to an elbow injury, and Park Myeong-geun, a rookie with a high school diploma, was the starting pitcher. Against this, Lotte put forward Charlie Barnes, who had been shaken with an ERA of 7.36 in demonstration games.
The match was marred by an error. LG, which was leading 1-0, gave Hwang Seong-bin an RBI and a triple in the defense at the end of the 3rd inning, and in the process, a relay play error occurred and allowed Hwang Seong-bin to score. However, in the top of the 5th inning when Lotte trailed by 2-3, second baseman Lee Hak-joo failed to properly catch a grounder with one out and bases loaded, and gave up an extra run.
However, in the end, the team that cried over the mistake was LG. At the end of the 6th inning when Roh Jin-hyeok’s 2 RBIs and doubles tied the score at 4-4, third baseman Moon Bo-gyeong caught Ahn Chi-hong’s third-base lineman well at the 2nd and 3rd bases at the end of the 6th inning. However, the thrower went sideways and the runners on 2nd and 3rd all stepped on the groove, and catcher Park Dong-won failed to catch the ball properly and even the batter runner headed to 2nd base. Two errors came out on one hit, and LG eventually lost 5-6.
The game on the 12th ended with LG’s 12-8 come-from-behind victory, with the bullpen holding out to the end in a game that turned over and overturned. In the beginning, LG scored 3 points against opposing starter Park Se-woong, but Lotte overturned the game by scoring 4 points with no bases loaded at the end of the 4th inning. In the beginning of the 7th inning, LG scored 2 runs and reversed the score to 5-4, but Lotte also took a 7-5 lead at the end of the 8th inning with Koh Seung-min hitting a three-run homer against LG closer Lee Jeong-yong.
In the end, the team that had the last laugh was LG. In the beginning of the ninth, LG took the lead again with Moon Seong-joo’s 1 RBI and timely hit and Kim Hyun-soo’s superior 2-run home run against opponent finisher Kim Won-joong. In the ensuing 2 outs full base, Seo Geon-chang’s 3-RBI sweeping double and Song Chan-eui’s left-middle double hit added 4 points, showing firepower to score 7 runs in one inning.
The two teams, who played a game of biting and biting for two days, had at least reliable starting resources, Casey Kelly (LG) and Han Hyun-hee (Lotte), in the final game. However, this day was also difficult.
LG steadily raised the score except for one inning (7th inning) from the 3rd to the 9th. However, Lotte did not miss the chance that came 4 times. Lotte tied the score at 2-2 thanks to Jeon Jun-woo’s timely hit and the opponent’s shortstop’s mistake, and in the ensuing chance to load bases, Kim Min-seok’s push-out walk and Ahn Kwon-soo’s and Ko Seung-min’s consecutive timely hits put up six runs at the end of the fourth inning alone.
In the 6th inning, Lotte, who shook Kelly and scored 2 points, shook off the opponent’s pursuit at the last minute and won a difficult 8-7 victory. In this way, this Ellot Lasico ended with Lotte’s advantage.
But it was a series with no winners or losers. During the three consecutive matches, LG scored 24 points and Lotte scored 22 points. In the fourth pitch, Lotte gave 21 and LG gave 14. In the first game, both teams made 6 mistakes, but since then it has only been 3. The match on the 12th went over 4 hours (4 hours and 3 minutes), and the two teams played for 11 hours and 11 minutes over three days.
Although LG took the losing series, it showed a back-and-forth that made the game unknown until the end. Lotte also had Koh Seung-min 6 hits in 11 at-bats (batting average of 0.545) during 3 consecutive games, but Kim Won-joong and Koo Seung-min, the core of the bullpen, were a stumbling block.