It was a futile effort. There was no supporting fire. No one stepped up to the plate.
The SSG Landers fell to their knees 3-7 at home against the NC Dinos in the second round of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO postseason semifinals at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on March 23.
They also lost Game 1, 3-4, in Incheon on April 22. It was their second straight loss in the best-of-five series. After a day off on the 24th, they play Game 3 on the 25th at NC’s home field, Changwon NC Park. The starting pitcher is Oh Won-seok. If they lose, they will have to end fall baseball with three straight losses.
Han Yoo-seom pitched well in the batting order and Moon Seung-won on the mound. They laid the groundwork for NC to take the lead. However, no one on the team responded and they had to accept the loss.
SSG’s starting lineup consisted of Choo Shin-soo (designated hitter), Choi Ju-hwan (first base), Choi Jeong (third base), Guillermo Heredia (center field), Han Yu-seom (right field), Ha Jae-hoon (left field), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Kim Sung-hyun (second base), and Kim Min-shik (catcher). The starting pitcher was Kim Kwang-hyun.
Han Yoo-seom spearheaded the offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles (two home runs), three RBIs, and two runs scored. He was responsible for all three of the team’s runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, down 0-4, he took a five-pitch, 137-kilometer-per-hour fastball from opposing starter Song Myung-ki. It went over the right field fence. It was a two-run shot with a distance of 120 meters. It was a two-run homer to center field.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, still trailing 2-4, Han Yoo-seom threw up his arms. He saw Lee Jae-hak’s second pitch, a 121-mile-per-hour changeup. He sent it over the center field fence. The 125-meter solo shot put the team up 3-4.
With his back-to-back home runs, Han recorded his seventh and eighth home runs of the postseason. It is the second home run of his career, 29th in the postseason and 11th in the semifinals. Han previously hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 5 of the 2018 playoffs against the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom), and then again in the first at-bat of Game 1 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears.
No one else had an RBI except Han Yoo-seom. Park Sung-hyun went 2-for-4, while Choo Shin-soo, Choi Ju-hwan, and Heredia each went 1-for-4.
In the bottom of the third, Kim Sung-hyun singled and Kim Min-sik walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. Choo Shin-soo flied out to center field, 짱구카지노 주소Choi Ju-hwan struck out on four pitches, and Choi Jung struck out on seven pitches. In the bottom of the sixth, Park Sung-hyun doubled to center field, but Kim Sung-hyun was thrown out at second base.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ha Jae-hoon walked and Park Sung-yi singled. Kim Sung-hyun grounded out to third. In the bottom of the ninth, Choo Shin-soo singled. After Choi struck out, Choi Jung walked. With runners on first and second, Heredia’s grounder to third forced Shin-soo Choo out at third, ending the game.
On the mound, Moon Seung-won pitched in relief. In 4⅔ innings, he allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, striking out six and throwing 75 pitches.
Starter Kwang-hyun Kim came in after being pulled after 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and one strikeout, throwing 65 pitches. Kim struggled with an open wound in the callus on his left thumb. After Kim gave up three runs in the first inning and one in the second, SSG manager Kim Won-hyung prepared Moon Seung-won.
Initially, Moon was slated to start Game 4, but he stayed in the bullpen for both Game 1 and Game 2. Given the importance of the two games, Moon would be ready to go if there were any problems with the starters. In Game 1, Roenis Elias pitched eight innings of two-run ball, so Moon didn’t have to pitch. On this day, Kim Kwang-hyun was shaky and took the mound in the top of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fourth, Moon walked Son As-seob and then struck out Park Min-woo on four pitches. He then induced a grounder to Park Gun-woo and struck out Jason Martin on five pitches.
The top of the fifth was chaotic, with leadoff hitter Kwon Hee-dong hitting a grounder to third base. Choi Jeong-jeong reached on a throwing error to load the bases. Seo Ho-cheol then laid down a sacrifice bunt. Moon Seung-won tried to catch it himself for the out, but the throw was off. There were runners on first and second with no outs.
The pitcher remained calm. Moon Seung-won then induced Kim Hyung-joon to bunt on the first pitch he saw. He got Kwon Hee-dong at third and Kim Hyung-joon at first. In no time, they had two outs. With two on and two out, he struck out Oh Young-soo on a four-pitch swinging strikeout.
In the top of the sixth, he struck out leadoff hitter Kim Joo-won on three pitches. He induced a grounder to third base on two pitches to Son Asub. With the bases loaded, he walked Park Min-woo. Park got Gun-woo Park to fly out to right field to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Martin and Kwon struck out Martin and Kwon Hee-dong on six pitches apiece, and Kwon flied out to center field. Seo Ho-cheol struck out on three pitches. The triple play kept the momentum going.
Things changed in the top of the eighth. Kim Hyung-jun, the leadoff hitter, took an eight-pitch, 127-kilometer-per-hour changeup from Moon Seung-won over the left-center field fence on a full count. The 125-meter solo home run made it 5-3.
Do Tae-hoon followed with a pitch that was pitched to him. The ball grazed the protective side of his arm. Coach Kim Won-hyung appealed to the umpire, but the call was not changed. With no outs, Kim Joo-won laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second.
Son Asub then hit a fastball down the first base line. Choi Joo-hwan failed to catch it, allowing Do Tae-hoon to score and Son to reach second base. SSG requested a video review to determine whether the pitch was fair or foul. The call was upheld as fair. NC took another step forward, 6-3.
The SSG bench didn’t move. They continued to push for Moon Seung-won. With one out, Park Min-woo flied out to left field on the first pitch. Park Gun-woo followed with a single to center field. Trailing 3-7, SSG switched pitchers to Ko Hyo-joon. He finished the top of the eighth inning without allowing another run. The gap had already widened.
Coach Kim Won-hyung said, “When I saw Moon Seung-won throwing, the ball itself was good, so I trusted him until the end.” The future utilization of Moon Seung-won will be decided after the conclusion of the third game.