The composition of the top ranks in professional baseball is unusual. The LG Twins’ solo system, which has been running comfortably for the past two months, is shaking. On the other hand, 2nd place KT Wiz, who once fell to the bottom, is threatening the leader with a terrifying rise.
After surpassing SSG Landers at the end of June and rising to No. 1, LG maintained its lead. With solid pitching power, he was the first to step on the 50- and 60-win hills of the season. In the meantime, the gap with second place SSG continued to widen. At one point, they were ahead by seven games.
However, they suffered a painful sweeping defeat in their 3 consecutive matches against Changwon last weekend. The 1-14 defeat in the first leg on the 25th was the starting point. In the second game on the 26th, he led 5-3 until two outs at the end of the 9th inning, but missed the game due to unexpected circumstances. At the end of the 9th inning, with 2 out and 1st base, Park Min-woo hit a ground ball rolling in front of the second baseman against LG closer Woo-seok Ko. LG second baseman Shin Min-jae caught the ball and tossed it to shortstop Oh Ji-hwan, and the game seemed to be over.
But at this time, second base umpire Yoon Sang-won raised his hand as a sign that he was hit by a ball. Baseball Rule 5.06(c) 6 states, “If a fair ball that does not touch an infielder (including pitcher) is hit by a runner or umpire in fair territory, or a fair ball that does not pass through an infielder (other than pitcher) is hit by an umpire, Each runner who must clear a base by becoming a runner advances.” This means that any ball that touches the umpire’s body is considered an infield hit. In fact, on the TV replay screen, the scene where the ball brushed the heel of referee Yoon before exiting the infield was captured.
Go Woo-seok, who missed the situation to end the game, was shaken. He gave up a timely hit to Jason Martin in second out, first and second base, and then hit Kwon Hee-dong with a left-running three-run home run. LG lost 5-7 like that. Then, some LG fans expressed their anger by blaming the referee for the loss. Online, there were also posts predicting the terrorism of referee Yoon Sang-won. In the end, the KBO consulted with the referee committee and excluded referee Yoon from the next game and put in another referee. However, LG lost 3-5 to NC on the 27th, and suffered a painful 3-game losing streak. In the meantime, second place KT continued to win. On the 27th, he won 2-1 against the Lotte Giants and swept all three consecutive weekend away games in Busan. The gap between 1st place LG and 2nd place KT decreased from 7.5 games to 4.5 games.
It’s an amazing twist. At the time KT played 50 games this season (June 4), it was at the bottom with 18 wins, 2 draws and 30 losses. However, after finishing June with 1st place in win rate (0.652), he gained more momentum in the second half and rose to 2nd place. KT’s performance in the second half was 25 wins and 6 losses (0.806 win rate), overwhelming first place. Even this month, he flew higher with 18 wins and 4 losses (0.818 win rate). Now, beyond SSG, the second-place competitor, the pursuit of the leading LG is also within sight.메이저놀이터
KT’s power comes from a strong mound. The starting lineup consisting of Young-Pyo Ko, Wes Benjamin, William Cuevas, Sang-Baek Um, and Jae-Sung Bae is evaluated as the strongest in the KBO League. The bullpen is also strong. 1st place in holds (27) Park Young-hyun and 2nd place in saves (24) Kim Jae-yoon are firmly guarding the back door. This is why KT is marching high even when key players such as Joon Sohn, Baekho Kang, and Yongho Cho are missing due to injuries.
KT, the strongest player in the second half, meets the 8th place Samsung Lions in the home room on the 29th. LG will play 3 consecutive games with rival Doosan Bears in Jamsil. 1st place LG and 2nd place KT will face off in Suwon on the 5th and 7th of next month, a week later.