LG pulls off a come-from-behind win.

LG won 7-3 against Lotte in the 2023 KBO League on Friday at Jamsil Stadium. LG rallied from a 1-3 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning and then came from behind with a four-run eighth inning.

LG improved to 43 wins, 2 ties, and 26 losses, closing to within 0.5 games of first-place SSG. It was their fourth consecutive winning series.

Lotte, on the other hand, took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning before a bullpen mishap allowed the tying run to score and a fielding error gave up the winning run. It was the sixth consecutive loss in June. Their win total dropped to 33 and their winning percentage to 5 percent.

Lotte made a few changes to its batting order. Hwang Sung-bin (left fielder), Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder), Ko Seung-min (first baseman), Rex (designated hitter), Ahn Chi-hong (second baseman), Han Dong-hee (third baseman), Park Seung-wook (shortstop), Kim Min-seok (center fielder), and Son Sung-bin (catcher) started바카라.

Before the game, Sutton said, “I batted Seung-min Ko (who was batting first) at third because I wanted to bat Sung-bin Hwang at first to match the opponent’s lineup, and I wanted to focus on the outfield defense with some faster players. Hwang Sung-bin’s role at the top of the order will allow Yoon Dong-hee and Ko Seung-min to spark the batting order.”

LG’s starting lineup included Hong Chang-ki (right fielder), Moon Sung-joo (left fielder), Kim Hyun-soo (first baseman), Austin (designated hitter), Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop), Kim Min-sung (third baseman), Park Hae-min (center fielder), Heo Do-hwan (catcher), and Shin Min-jae (second baseman).

Park Dong-won, the starting catcher, and Moon Bo-kyung, the starting third baseman, were benched to rest. “He’s going to throw less than 50 pitches,” LG manager Yoon Kyung-yup said of Lee Jung-yong, who is making his first start since his debut.

LOTTE put runners on first and second in the bottom of the first inning when Yoon Dong-hee singled to right and Ko Seung-min singled to right. Rex flied out to left field and Ahn Chi-hong flied out to center field to end the threat.

LG started the second inning with a leadoff single to right and Kim Min-seong drew a walk. After Park Hae-min grounded out to third, Heo Do-hwan walked to load the bases.

Shin Min-jae’s well-placed pitch was thrown straight to the second baseman, and a late double play at second base ended the threat.

Lee Jung-yong took the mound in the third inning and walked leadoff hitter Hwang Sung-bin on six pitches. He was replaced by Choi Dong-hwan after 49 pitches. Yoon Dong-hee singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Ko Seung-min drew a bases-loaded walk after a wild pitch.

Rex grounded to the third baseman, forcing the runner at third. Ahn Chi-hong drove in the go-ahead run with a single to center. LG changed its pitcher from Choi Dong-hwan to Jung Woo-young. Han Dong-hee walked on three pitches to load the bases.

Park Seung-wook drew back-to-back fouls on two strikes and then smashed a single to right to bring home two runners. It was 3-0. Kim Min-seok followed with a walk to load the bases, but Son Sung-bin flied out to right field to end the threat.

LG started the fifth inning with a leadoff walk to Heo Do-hwan. Shin Min-jae singled to left to put runners on first and second, and Hong Chang-ki drew a walk to load the bases.

Moon Sung-joo hit a grounder to the second baseman, allowing the runner from third to score. LG requested a video review on the out/save at first base, and it was overturned from an out to a save.

However, with runners on first and third, Kim Hyun-soo was out on a line drive to right field. The runner at third was unable to retouch. With runners on second and third and Austin at the plate, the runner on first tried to steal second, but was tagged out.

In the top of the sixth inning, Oh Ji-hwan hit a foul home run off reliever Shim Jae-min that just cleared the left field foul pole. LG requested a video review, but the foul call was upheld. Oh Ji-hwan led off with a single to right. Kim Min-sung followed with a single to center, putting runners on first and second.

Park Hae-min laid down a bunt toward third base, but the third baseman quickly threw to first for the out. Chances at second and third. In the top of the sixth inning, Park Dong-won, who came off the bench to pinch-hit, grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.

In the seventh inning, LG’s leadoff hitter Shin Min-jae drew a walk. Hong Chang-ki’s hit grazed the pitcher’s glove and rolled in front of the second baseman. The second baseman threw to the shortstop, leaving only the lead runner out.

At first base, pitcher Kim Sang-soo made a throw to first base, but the ball fell behind him. Hong Chang-ki advanced to second on the throw. Moon Sung-joo hit a line drive over the first baseman’s head, advancing the runner to second. Moon Sung-joo raced to third, scoring a run. It was 3-2.

Lotte removed Kim Sang-soo from the game with one out and replaced him with Koo Seung-min. Kim Hyun-soo hit an RBI single to center field that sailed past the pitcher to tie the game at 3-3.

In the eighth inning, Moon Bo-kyung, who replaced Kim Min-sung as the leadoff hitter, led off with a single to right. Park Hae-min laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second.

Park Dong-won drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Shin Min-jae hit a grounder to the second baseman. Shortstop Park Seung-wook caught it and threw to second baseman Ahn Chi-hong, who fell and couldn’t catch the ball. As the ball rolled toward first base, second baseman Moon Bo-kyung drove it home to cut the deficit to 4-3. The run was credited to the shortstop’s throwing error.

Lotte brought in closer Kim Won-joong. Hong Chang-ki was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Moon Sung-ju hit a single to center field to bring home two more runs. It was 6-3. With two outs, Kim Hyun-soo hit a single to right field to make it 7-3.

Lotte starter Staley allowed one run on three hits and four walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings, but the bullpen gave up the tying run.

LG’s Lee Jung-yong, who made his first start after spending most of his career in the bullpen since his debut in 2019, gave up one run on three hits and one walk over two innings (49 pitches) in his first career start.

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