Their opponent was the No. 1 LG Twins, who were 2-6 in the first half.
SSG won the ninth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against LG 6-4 at Jamsil Stadium on April 21. Hitters returning from injuries came out swinging.
SSG’s batting order was Choo Shin-soo (right fielder), Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder), Choi Jung (designated hitter), Choi Joo-hwan (second baseman), Park Sung-hwan (shortstop), Ha Jae-hoon (left fielder), Kim Sung-hyun (third baseman), Kim Min-sik (catcher), and Kang Jin-sung (first baseman).
Choi Jung-jeong, who was unable to participate in the All-Star Game due to a sputum injury at the end of the first half, and Ha Jae-hoon, who suffered a finger fracture, showed off their good hitting.
LG struck first. SSG starter Kim Kwang-hyun gave up a single to left field to Austin in the bottom of the first inning. However, in the top of the second inning, Ha Jae-hoon hit a double over the left field fence, Kim Sung-hyun was retired on a straight hit to third base, and Kim Min-sik hit the tying run.
SSG got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Ha Jae-hoon drew a walk and stole second. Kim Sung-hyun then hit an RBI double to left-center field to take the lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Kim tied the game with another run, but SSG answered with three runs in the top of the fifth.
With two outs, Choi Jung hit a double to left-center field, and the next batter, Choi Joo-hwan, hit a two-run home run over the right field fence.
Back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth inning from Kim Hyun-soo and Austin, a hard-hitting foreign LG hitter, cut the deficit to one run, but Choi provided a valuable RBI in the seventh.
With one out, Choi Ji-hoon drew a walk, and Choi lined an outside pitch from LG left-handed reliever Ham Deok-ju into the left field seats for a two-run double. It was an invaluable hit that turned a one-run deficit into a 6-4 lead.
Kim Kwang-hyun pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He struggled a bit, but got some run support from his offense and picked up his sixth win of the season (2-2).
Choi Jeong-jeong, batting third, went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, one walk and one run scored, while Ha Jae-hoon, left fielder and sixth baseman, went 2-for-3 with a home run, one walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored to spark the offense.
Choi Joo-hwan hit a two-run home run, Kim Sung-hyun had two hits and one RBI, and Kim Min-sik had one hit and one RBI. After Kim, Go Hyo-joon, Moon Seung-won, and Seo Jin-yong secured the win. Seo Jin-yong, who leads the league in saves, picked up his 26th save.
SSG reduced the gap between them and first-place LG to 1.5 games. 토토사이트