The NC Dinos exploded in the first game of the season, recording hits and runs for all of their starters.
NC pounded out 19 hits, including two home runs, to defeat the leading LG Twins 14-1 in their 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game at Changwon NC Park on May 25.
NC’s record of hitting for the cycle and scoring all of its runs in the first inning is something that has only happened 87 times in history.
Against LG starter Choi Won-tae, NC’s bats caught fire in the first inning.
With runners on first and second, Jason Martin ignited the fire with a single to left, followed by back-to-back singles from Kwon Hee-dong and Do Tae-hoon to give NC a 3-0 lead.
NC broke the game open early, scoring four runs in the third inning with runners on first and third on a Kim Joo-won double to left center, Ahn Jung-yeol’s RBI single, and Son Ah-seop’s RBI single to center to take a 7-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Kim Joo-won added four more runs with a leadoff triple and a two-run double to make it 11-0, followed by Martin’s game-winning two-run arch to left in the fifth and Ahn Jung-yeol’s solo shot to left in the sixth.
Martin had three hits and three RBIs, Kim Ju-won had four, and Ahn Jung-yeol and Son As-seop had two.
LG broke the shutout in the top of the seventh with a solo home run to left-center field by Austin Dean.
NC starter Eric Peddie pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball, striking out seven, to improve to 16-5 on the season.
The Doosan Bears swept the SSG Landers 10-1 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul to extend their winning streak to four games.
After scoring 25 runs in a three-game midweek series against the Kiwoom Heroes, Doosan’s bats exploded for five runs in the fourth inning.
Doosan scored a run in the first inning on a Jose Rojas single and took a 2-0 lead in the third on a Kim Tae-geun RBI single.
In the bottom of the fourth, Doosan’s bats exploded for five straight hits, starting with Rojas, followed by Yang Ji, Yang Seok-hwan, Kang Seung-ho, and Heo Kyung-min, to chase SSG starter Kim Kwang-hyun and extend the lead to 6-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Cho Sung-hyun laid down a sacrifice bunt to add another run.
SSG took Kim Kwang-hyun off the mound after throwing 61 pitches in the fifth inning and replaced infielders Park Sung-hyun, Choi Jung and Choi Ju-hwan in the seventh.
Doosan starter Kwak Bin pitched eight innings of four-hit ball with three walks and five strikeouts to earn his 10th win of the season.
It was the first time since his professional debut in 2018 that Kwak went eight innings in a game, and the first time he reached the 10-win plateau.
In Gwangju, the KIA Tigers got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over the Hanwha Eagles in the “Sanchez War”.
In a battle between Mario Sanchez (KIA) and Ricardo Sanchez (Hanwha), who share the same last name and country of origin (Venezuela), KIA’s Sanchez came out on top.
Kia Sanchez pitched a “salty” seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits. Hanwha Sanchez took the loss after giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings.
KIA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Choi Hyung-woo singled with runners on first and third, and added a run in the fifth when Park Chan-ho, who is having one of his best years of the year, singled.
After leading off with a single to right, Park stole second base when Na Sung-bum walked.
Then, after reaching third base on a strikeout by Nasung Bum, the ball trickled toward the backstop, and Hanwha catcher Choi Jae-hoon, who caught the ball after Nasung Bum threw to first base for the out, stormed home to score the team’s second run.
After being held hitless by Sanchez in the sixth inning, Hanwha pulled within one run in the top of the seventh when Chae Eun-sung led off with a double to right-center field and scored on Kim Tae-yeon’s single up the middle.
Sanchez then got Choi Jae-hoon to fly out to center field with the bases loaded to end the threat, even though the runner at first had already run to second.
KIA catcher Choi Hyung-woo celebrated the victory with a two-run arch in the seventh inning. Hanwha suffered its fourth straight loss.
The Lotte Giants, still in the hunt for the postseason, fell to the KT Wiz 1-3 at home in Busan, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Aaron Wilkerson pitched seven strong innings, striking out eight and allowing two runs (one earned), but a stifling batting lineup was the difference in the loss.
Lotte scored first on a throwing error by KT pitcher Benjamin, who caught a grounder by Jeon Jun-woo with runners on first and second.
However, they were stuck with Benjamin for the next six innings, failing to send a single runner past second base.
KT tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning when Anthony Alford doubled and Lotte shortstop Bae Young-bin reached on an error.
In the fourth inning, Hwang Jae-gyun and Alford doubled to make it 2-1.
KT put the game out of reach in the eighth inning when Kim Sang-soo doubled down the left field line and Jang Jang-woo singled to left.
After Benjamin pitched six innings of one run (unearned), Son Dong-hyun (seventh), Park Young-hyun (eighth) and Kim Jae-yoon (ninth) combined for a scoreless ninth.
In Daegu, Kiwoom defeated the Samsung Lions 7-4.
Kiwoom scored six runs on six consecutive hits to take control of the game, starting with Kim Soo-hwan’s two-run double in the second inning.
Kiwoom starter Ahn Woo-jin faced seven hits and walked two, but gave up just two runs and received solid support from the bats to pick up his ninth win of the season and extend Samsung’s winning streak to five games.
Samsung starter Taylor Widener fell short of expectations after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in 4⅔ innings. 토토사이트