Kim Min-sung (LG Twins) swung the bat in his comeback game. The KIA Tigers infielders put their heads down with four errors.
LG won 6-2 against KIA in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on April 9.
KIA’s lineup was Choi Won-jun (first base), Park Chan-ho (shortstop), Kim Do-young (third base), Na Sung-beom (right field), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Socrates Brito (center field), Lee Woo-sung (left field), Kim Tae-gun (catcher), and Kim Kyu-sung (second base). Lee was the starting pitcher.
LG’s lineup after Lee started was Hong Chang-ki (right fielder), Moon Sung-joo (left fielder), Kim Hyun-soo (designated hitter), Austin Dean (first baseman), Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop), Moon Bo-kyung (third baseman), Park Dong-won (catcher), Kim Min-sung (second baseman), and Park Hae-min (center fielder).
In the second inning, LG struck first. With the bases loaded, Moon Bo-kyung singled. Park Dong-won followed with a single, advancing Moon to third base. Park Dong-won sprinted to second base, but was tagged out. With runners on second and third, Kim Min-seong, who came up to bat for the first time, took advantage of Lee’s first pitch. He hit a 149 km/h four-seam fastball over the left field fence. He hit a home run in his first at-bat after returning.
In the top of the fifth inning, LG increased its lead. The KIA defense was shaky. Park Hae-min, the leadoff hitter, hit an infield single. Hong Chang-ki reached on a throwing error by first baseman Choi Won-jun. Moon Sung-joo’s bunt failed and Park Hae-min was out at third, but with runners on first and second, Kim Hyun-soo reached on a throwing error by second baseman Kim Kyu-sung. Hong Chang-ki then rounded third base and came home.
LG starter Lee Jung-yong pitched well until the fifth inning. He struck out Choi Won-jun and Park Chan-ho in the top of the first before getting Kim Do-young to fly out to shortstop. In the second inning, he struck out Na Sung-beom and gave up a walk to Choi Hyung-woo to put runners on second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Socrates, but he got Lee Woo-sung to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Lee gave up the first hit of the game to 스포츠토토 leadoff hitter Kim Tae-gun. However, he struck out Kim Kyu-sung and got Kim Tae-gun to steal second. He then got Choi Won-jun to fly out to right field. The fourth inning ended with a triple play. In the bottom of the fifth, he allowed an infield single to Socrates with the bases loaded, but struck out Lee Woo-sung and Kim Tae-gun to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, the KIA defense once again fell victim to an error. Leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki was hit by a pitch. After Moon Sung-joo struck out, Kim Hyun-soo walked. With runners on first and second, Jung Ju-hyun hit a grounder to the third baseman. Third baseman Lee Chang-jin failed to catch the ball. The ball went to shortstop Kim Do-young, who threw to second base. However, the throwing error allowed Hong Chang-ki to score.
In the bottom of the seventh, KIA fought back. Kim Do-young, the leadoff hitter, walked. Na Sung-beom retired the next batter, Choi Hyung-woo, who came up to bat after a grounder to center field, took a 145 km/h fastball from Kim Jin-sung and smashed it over the right field fence.