‘Captain’ Ahn Chi-hong homers in 5 straight at-bats…Lotte wins 3rd straight with 7-4 win over Samsung

Ahn Chi-hong hits two-run homer in third, three-run shot in fourth
Park Se-woong, 6 innings, 2 runs, QS for 2nd straight game

The Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) defeated the Samseong Tigers behind a back-to-back home run by “Captain” Ahn Chi-hong. Lotte kept its fall baseball hopes alive with its first three-game winning streak in September.

Lotte won the 12th game of the season against the Samsung Lions 7-4 at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on September 17. Lotte held a 7-5 advantage in the head-to-head series against Samsung this season.

A five-hit performance from Ahn Chi-hong, led by two home runs, and a six-inning, two-run quality start from starter Park Se-woong helped the Lions to a valuable victory. Lotte remained in seventh place with a season record of 58 wins and 64 losses.

Lotte took a comfortable lead in the top of the first inning. With runners on second and third after a walk by Lee Jung-hoon and a single by Ahn Chi-hong, Jeon Jun-woo hit an RBI single to center field for a 1-0 lead.

Ahn started the home run barrage in the third inning. Ahn hit his seventh two-run home run of the season over the left field fence with two outs after Hwang Sung-bin reached on an infield single and Samsung starter Widener’s slider. Lotte took a 3-0 lead.

LOTTE added four runs in the fourth inning, capitalizing on Ahn Chi-hong’s home run and an error. With runners on first and third, Widener’s wild pitch allowed Son Sung-bin to score from third to make it 4-0. With bases loaded and two outs, Ahn Chi-hong took a slider from Samsung’s second pitcher, Choi Ji-kwang, for a three-run homer.

Lotte starter Park Se-woong held the Samsung bats scoreless through three innings and limited them to two hits. Park gave up his first run in the fourth inning, a two-run homer to Samsung’s No. 5 hitter, Pirela. However, Park did not allow another run until the sixth inning and left the mound with six innings of two-run ball, four strikeouts and five walks.메이저놀이터

In the seventh inning, Lotte went to the bullpen. Jin Seung-hyun, the first pitcher of the pair, gave up a one-run home run to Samsung’s No. 7 hitter, Lee Jae-hyun, in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-3. Choi Jun-yong, who took the mound after Jin Seung-hyun with two outs in the seventh, did his job perfectly, allowing one hit but striking out two, walking one and grounding out one in the eighth.

Lotte sent Kim Won-joong to the mound in the ninth inning. He got leadoff hitter Lee Jae-hyun to ground out to the catcher, but gave up a solo home run to Lee Sung-kyu, who came up to bat next. However, Kim Won-joong did not give up any more runs and the game ended 7-4.

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