“I was able to secure a valuable victory with Lim Ji-yeol’s decisive home run.”

Kiwoom Heroes coach Hong Won-ki, who escaped from a 4-game losing streak after a lot of hard work, gave his impressions.

Kiwoom, led by coach Hong, won a thrilling 7-5 come-from-behind victory in a home game against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Professional Baseball KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, Seoul on the 28th. With this, Kiwoom, who got out of the long four-game losing streak, belatedly reached the height of 20 wins (28 losses).

Lim Ji-yeol, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Kim Jun-wan at the bottom of the 7th inning, was brilliant. After picking out a walk in that at-bat, he hit a 4-pitch 138km fastball from right-handed reliever Yun Myeong-jun in the bottom of the 8th inning, where Kiwoom fell behind 3-5, with 2 outs and bases loaded, and exploded a come-from-behind full base gun that crossed the middle wall. It was a decisive shot that brought the atmosphere of the game in an instant.

After the game, coach Hong Won-ki Kiwoom said, “The concentration of the 8th inning was good. In particular, we were able to secure a valuable victory with Lim Ji-yeol’s decisive home run,” he raised his thumbs up.

The performance of the pitching staff was also not bad. Although starting pitcher Jeong Chan-heon (4.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 5 runs), who took the mound after 4 days, was unable to complete a long inning, Yang Hyun (1.1 innings scoreless) – Ha Young-min (0.1 innings scoreless) – Lee Myung-jong (win) , 1.2 scoreless innings)-Lim Chang-min (three, 1 scoreless inning) blocked Lotte’s lineup and laid a stepping stone for the team’s victory.

Coach Hong said, “Jung Chan-heon, who took a break on the 4th and took the mound, threw 5 close innings and fulfilled his role as a starter. The pitchers who came out behind also blocked the innings without conceding runs and created the strength to chase without going over the flow.”

On the 27th and 28th, Gocheok Sky Dome was sold out for two consecutive days. The full crowd at Gocheok Sky Dome for two consecutive days is the first time in 2093 days since the KIA Tigers-Kiwoom match on September 02-03, 2017.스포츠토토

This result is due to the recent rise of Lotte, which has many fans nationwide, but just as many Kiwoom fans filled the first base audience and cheered vigorously.

Director Hong Won-ki did not forget to say hello to the fans, saying, “I sincerely thank the Kiwoom fans who gave me as much support as my opponent over the weekend.”

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