The KIA Tigers could not overcome the inferiority by one point.
KIA lost 2-3 against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 9th. KIA could not continue the victorious spirit of the 7-6 finish the previous day and finished the three home opening games with 1 win and 2 losses.
KIA hit a total of 7 hits, including 2 hits each by Lee Chang-jin and Socrates, and got on base with 5 walks. However, in the bottom of the 8th inning, the chance to get the bases full was destroyed, and not a single timely hit came out, so they lost helplessly. There were 10 residual bases.
At the end of the first inning, trailing 0-1, Choi Hyung-woo hit a double hit with one out on first and second bases, ending the inning. After one out in the bottom of the 5th inning, KIA Kim Ho-ryeong doubled, Joo Hyo-sang and Park Chan-ho walked, and Lee Chang-jin’s grounder hit the bases with two runners scoring while third baseman Heo Gyeong-min threw the ball over, turning the game 2-1. In the second out, 1st and 3rd bases that followed, Socrates retreated with a ground ball to the second baseman.
Then, in the top of the 6th inning, Kang Seung-ho hit a 2 RBI double and dedicated a reversal. In the bottom of the 6th inning, lead hitter Choi Hyeong-woo went on base with a hit in the middle right, and while pitcher Kwak Bin gave a wild pitch, he forced himself to advance to 3rd base and was put out and the runner was erased.
In the bottom of the 7th, Joo Hyo-sang went on base due to an error by the opponent’s first baseman, and scored on a sacrifice bunt. 스포츠토토
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Socrates hit, Choi Hyung-woo walked, and Hwang Dae-in hit shortstop, giving KIA a chance to get a full base.
On this day, Doosan also created many chances with 6 hits and 7 walks, but it was the same that they failed to score with 9 left bases. When Doosan seized the victory in the 6th inning, Park Chi-guk, Choi Ji-gang, Jeong Cheol-won, Hong Kun-hee and other Pil Seung-joo led the KIA’s pursuit. It was a defeat that would bring awareness to KIA about its concentration at the beginning of the season.