Behind two home runs from Choi Hyung-woo and “transfer student” Kim Tae-gun, KIA swept SSG for the second straight game.
Hanwha’s next big gun, Noh Shi-hwan, hit a home run for the second straight day and moved into a tie for the league lead in home runs.
Reporter Lee Seung-guk.
Trailing 0-1, KIA strikes in the top of the second inning.
KIA’s Choi Hyung-woo pulls SSG starter Kim Kwang-hyun’s changeup to the body for a huge, game-tying solo shot.
Choi’s 10th home run of the season. He becomes just the second player in KBO history to reach double-digit home runs in 16 consecutive seasons.
In the fifth inning, Choi again took advantage of Kim Kwang-hyun’s curveball for a solo home run over the right field wall.
Catcher Kim Tae-gun, making his first start since being traded, also had a hot start, with two hits, including a game-tying double.
After an early batting explosion against Kim Kwang-hyun, KIA held off a late SSG rally to win for the second straight day.
“I think I made a good debut as a member of the Tigers, and I’m grateful for the many cheers and welcomes. I’ll do my best to make sure the Tigers don’t have any weaknesses in the bullpen.”
In the bottom of the third inning, with Hanhwa trailing 1-2, Noh’s bat comes alive.
A tiebreaking solo home run, his 19th of the season, clears the left field fence.
With six home runs in his last six games, Noh has moved into a tie for the league lead in home runs with SSG’s Choi Jung.
However, Lotte pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind victory, led by home runs from Ahn Chi-hong and Han Dong-hee.
In Gocheok, Choi Jung-won’s celestial hit in the top of the 10th inning in extra innings gave NC a come-from-behind win over Kiwoom and lifted them out of a five-game losing streak.
Doosan extended its winning streak to five games by sweeping a three-game series in Pohang against last-place Samsung.