Professional baseball Doosan is running toward the postseason (PS) with a scary momentum ahead of the fall. In July, the team’s longest winning streak, it suddenly fell sharply due to a crisis last month and succeeded in rebounding again.
Doosan beat KIA 8-4 in the away match of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 18th. It swept three consecutive away games against ranking rival KIA in Gwangju.
Since the second game of the doubleheader against Samsung on the 9th, it has been Pajuk’s seventh consecutive victory. The competition for autumn baseball is on the rise.
Doosan, ranked fourth, widened the gap to two games with KIA, which lost five consecutive games. KIA barely maintained fifth place in terms of winning rate without a ride to sixth-place SSG, where there was no game.
Doosan won 11 consecutive games in July, the team’s longest. It rose from sixth to third, inflating expectations for autumn baseball.
However, he suffered from the aftereffects of winning consecutive games, including five consecutive wins last month. Doosan has fallen to fifth place since July 1, and after five consecutive losses, it fell to seventh place, seemingly disappearing PS hopes.
However, in September, he went on a winning streak again like a lie. Last week, Doosan had a batting average of 313 and six home runs in four games, including Cho Soo-haeng (batting percentage) and Kang Seung-ho (batting percentage 471). Veteran infielder Kim Jae-ho, who revived with a batting average of .342 in the second half, is also indispensable.
On the same day, Doosan also won with its active batting lineup. In the first inning, Yang Seok-hwan scored the first run with an infield grounder in the second and third bases with no outs made by consecutive hits by Jung Soo-bin and Jose Rojas. In the third inning, Rojas brought the victory with a three-run home run to the right with no outs and runners on first and second bases made by Cho Soo-haeng’s right-handed hit and Jung Soo-bin’s body hit. Following Yang Seok-hwan’s heavy hit, Yang Eui-ji hit KIA starter Hwang Dong-ha with a two-point shot over the left wall to seal the wedge.
Starter Kwak Bin also pitched six innings with eight hits, no outs, five strikeouts, and no runs. He won his 11th win (7 losses) of the season and revealed his prospects for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Hanwha beat KT 6-2 in Daejeon’s home turf and escaped its fourth straight loss. The second-place kt narrowed the gap to one game with third-place NC, where there was no game.