‘3rd place clinched’ SSG to face NC, Dusan in WC for semifinal spot

Kim Kwang-hyun pitches 6 shutout innings, Ha Jae-hoon has 3 hits and 2 RBIs
NC loses 1-7 to KIA to host WC Game 1 on April 19

SSG Landers

Punched their ticket to the Semi-Phase Playoffs (Semi-Po) with a victory in a fateful regular season finale.

SSG won 5-0 against the Doosan Bears of the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League on Sunday at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, South Korea.

Earlier in the day at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field, third-place contender NC Dinos lost 1-7 to the KIA

Tigers, clinching third place for SSG before the game ended.

However, SSG was able to secure a comfortable semi-playoff berth with the win.

With a final record of 76 wins, three draws and 65 losses in the 2023 season, 카지노사이트랭크 SSG finished

just 1.5 games ahead of NC (75 wins, two draws and 67 losses).


Who had already clinched fifth place after losing to SSG the day before, ended the season with 74 wins, two draws and 68 losses.

The fall baseball bracket is now complete. No. 4 NC and No. 5 Doosan will face off in the Wild Card (WC)

Decider starting on the 19th. The winner of the wild card game will face SSG in the semifinals starting on the 22nd.

KT Wiz

Who finished second in the regular season, will face the winner of the semi-finals in the playoffs (PO) on

April 30. The Korean Series (KS), starting next month on the 7th, will see the regular season champions, the LG Twins, and the playoff winners battle for the title.

Taking the mound with the team’s fate on the line, SSG’s homegrown left-handed ace Kim Kwang-hyun

pitched six innings of one-run ball with three hits, four strikeouts and two walks.

Kim finished the regular season with a 9-8 record and a 3.53 ERA.

The SSG bats took some of the pressure off Kim’s shoulders with a combined 12 hits. Ha Jae-hoon went 3-

for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Kim Min-sik and Kim Sung-hyun each hit a home run.

Doosan starter Jang Won-jun took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits (two homers) with two

walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. However, he became the ninth player in KBO history to reach 2,000 career innings. His final record this season is 3-5 with a 5.27 ERA.

SSG scored four runs in the third inning alone.

In the bottom of the inning, leadoff hitter Kim Min-sik hit a solo home run to right field (his fifth of the season).

Ahn Sang-hyun followed with a single, a fastball from the opposing catcher, a sacrifice bunt by Oh Tae-gon, and a walk by Kim Kang-min to put runners on first and third.

Guillermo Heredia

Followed with a double down the left field line and Ha Jae-hoon laced a two-run single to right field to put runners on second and third.

SSG added another run in the fourth inning with a home run. Leadoff hitter Kim Sung-hyun pulled a two-

seam fastball from starter Jang Won-joon over the left field fence for a solo shot. It was Kim’s last home run of the season.

After Kim’s heroics, SSG held on to the lead as Choi Min-jun pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Lee Yi-roon pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

With 21,107 fans in attendance, SSG reached a total of 1,068,211 fans at home games this season. This is

the second highest attendance in the history of the Incheon-based club after the 1,069,929 in 2012.

NC fell 1-7 in the regular season finale against KIA at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field.

With the loss, NC (75 wins, 2 draws, 67 losses) clinched fourth place in the regular season regardless of the outcome of third-place SSG’s game.

KIA, which qualified for the postseason with a fifth-place finish last year, finished sixth this year with a record of 73 wins, two draws and 69 losses.

KIA starting pitcher Yang Hyun-jong pitched seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball to earn his ninth win of

the season (11-1). He stayed on the mound until the seventh inning to reach 170 innings for the ninth consecutive season.

At the plate, Kim Do-young went 5-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Kim Tae-gun added a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.

NC starter Shin Min-hyuk pitched five innings of two-hit ball with five strikeouts, but the offense could only muster one run.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, KIA tried to open the scoring with a leadoff double to left-center by Kim

Do-young, but failed to capitalize as Go Jong-wook and Kim Sun-bin struck out swinging and grounded

out to the third baseman, respectively, and Socrates Brito struck out swinging.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kim Tae-gun doubled to left-center to put runners on first and second, but Byun

Woo-hyuk grounded out to shortstop and Kim Ho-ryung flied out to left field.

KIA didn’t waste its chances in the bottom of the sixth.

Kim Kyu-sung

Singled and Kim Do-young walked to put runners on first and second with nobody out, and Ko Jong-

wook hit a single that landed next to the center fielder. Kim then followed with a sacrifice fly to center field for a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, NC broke the silence.

Back-to-back singles by Kim Joo-won and Park Min-woo put runners on first and third with no outs, and

Jason Martin hit a grounder to the second baseman to bring home Kim Joo-won from third.

With a 3-1 lead, KIA put runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth with Lee Woo-sung’s RBI

single to left, Kim Tae-gun’s RBI double, and Oh Sun-woo’s RBI single. 고스톱

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