Lotte snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off a late Hanwha rally.
Long-haired closer Kim Won-joong preserved the one-run lead and earned his 15th save of the season.
With the win, Lotte improved to 37-36 on the season and maintained its five-game winning percentage.
Kim Won-joong entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with his team trailing 4-3.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing to preserve the narrow victory. First, he got Kwon Kwang-min, who came to bat for Hanwha’s leadoff hitter Lee Do-yoon, to ground out to third base.
He faced the second batter, Lee Jin-young, and gave up an eight-pitch walk. He followed that up with a 132-kilometer forkball to Kim Tae-yeon, who struck out swinging, but Lee advanced to second base.
With one hit away from tying the game, pitching coach Kim Hyun-wook rushed to the mound.
After calming down Kim Won-joong, he signaled from the bench with an intentional four-pitch count. The opponent was Noh Si-hwan, who was in peak hitting form, having activated his home run machine for two consecutive games.바카라사이트
After removing Noh, Won-joong Kim faced Williams. Williams swung at a two-pitch forkball and hit it in front of the shortstop. The pitch was slow, and it looked like it would be a close call, but Williams was narrowly out. Kim buried his face in his glove and roared.
Sutton also hugged Kim Won-joong to celebrate the end of the losing streak.
After the game, Sutton said, “Today, the defense and bullpen did what I expected from the bench, especially Koo Seung-min, who came in in a difficult situation in the seventh inning and kept the opponent in the game until the eighth inning.” “I’m also happy that Kim Won-joong secured the win like a finisher and brought the victory as a team before traveling to Busan,” he praised. Daejeon=Moon-young Choi Reporter