Just 10 centimeters higher, Jamsil outfielder Yellowbong saves Kwak-Bin’s life…Doosan wraps up week with 4 wins and 2 losses

The Doosan Bears beat the KIA Tigers to snap a two-game losing streak and finish the week with a 4-2 record. Kwak-Bin Choi’s home run off Choi Hyung-Woo was lucky to hit the end of the yellow outfield fence in Jamsil. If it had flown just 10 centimeters higher, it would have been the tying home run.

On June 11, Doosan won 3-2 against KIA in Jamsil. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for KIA, which finished the season with 28 wins, one draw, and 26 losses, good for fifth place in the league.

Doosan sent homegrown ace Kwak Bin back to the mound for the win to snap the losing streak. Kwak-Bin ended the top of the first inning with a triple play, and Doosan scored first in the bottom of the first.

KIA’s Choi Hyung-woo bounces off the top of the yellow rods on the outfield fence in the sixth inning against Doosan in Jamsil on June 11. Photo: Captured from the broadcast메이저사이트
Doosan took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Yang Yang-ji hit a sacrifice fly to center field with runners on first and third after back-to-back singles by Jung Soo-bin and Kim Dae-hyun.

Doosan added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning when leadoff hitter Park Kye-beom walked and the next batter, Kang Seung-ho, hit an infield single to center field. On the ensuing bases-loaded opportunity, Lee Yoo-chan grounded out to the shortstop and Kang Seung-ho made a smart head-first sliding play to score the third run.

Kwak Bin, who was cruising through the fourth inning, was suddenly shaken up in the top of the fifth. He walked Kim Sun-bin and Shin Beom-soo, and Byun Woo-hyuk singled to put runners on the corners in the top of the fifth. Eventually, Kwak gave up a two-run double to left field to Park Chan-ho to cut the deficit to one run. With runners on first and second, Kwak got Ryu Ji-hyuk to fly out to left field to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth inning, Kwak-Bin took the mound again and looked to have a quality start with two outs. However, two batters later, Kwak gave up a huge line drive to left field to Choi Hyung-woo. The ball hit the top of the outfield fence and bounced off the top of the yellow rods for a double. The KIA bench requested a video review, but it didn’t change the outcome. Just 10 centimeters higher and it would have been a tying home run.

Sweeping his chest, Kwak-bin struck out the next batter, Kim Sun-bin, on a fly ball to left field to escape the tie. Kwak-Bin earned his fourth win of the season with six innings of 97 pitches, three hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Doosan had a runner on third in the bottom of the sixth after leadoff hitter Park Kye-beom doubled and Kang Seung-ho grounded into a double play, but Kim Jae-ho’s squeeze bunt came up short. Not only was the runner on third, but also the leadoff hitter, Kim Jae-ho, died at second base.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jeong Soo-bin’s infield single and stolen base also failed. After Kim Dae-hyun struck out swinging, Yang Ji-joo stepped up to the plate with an automatic double, but was stranded when Yang Suk-hwan flied out to right field.

KIA turned to its bullpen in the seventh inning. Lee Young-ha retired the side in order in both the seventh and eighth innings to preserve the one-run lead. In the ninth, Hong Gun-hee came in to close out the game, earning her 14th save of the season.

On the day, Doosan was led by Jung Soo-bin’s three-hit performance from the leadoff spot. Kang Seung-ho (1 hit, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Lee Yoo-chan (1 hit, 1 RBI) also chipped in with valuable RBIs.


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