SSG Coach Kim Won-hyung, Who Took a Breather from the Race for 5th Place, said, “It’s Big that we Caught KIA’s Two-Game Series.”
In the ‘war for 5th place’ between SSG Landers and KIA Tigers, it is SSG that has the advantage.
SSG won two consecutive overtime games against KIA held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 30th and 1st of last month.
The game on the 30th of last month was won 4-3 thanks to Kim Seong-hyun's walk-off hit in the 10th overtime, and the game on the 1st was won 6-5 thanks to Guillermo Heredia's walk-off hit in the 10th inning of overtime.
SSG, who widened the gap with 6th place KIA to 2.5 games and had a sweet day of rest on the 2nd, will play a 3-game series at home against NC Dinos starting on the 3rd.
This is the final hurdle to advance to the postseason.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyeong said ahead of the Incheon NC game on the 3rd, "It's really great that the players held on to the two-game series against KIA.
We don't know what will happen until the end.
We need to win a lot so the burden on the players is less in the process of solving the game.
We still have room to spare No, he said.
SSG now has 11 games left in the regular season.
Among them, NC matches are the most with 5, and the schedule includes meetings with Doosan Bears (2 games), KIA, Kiwoom Heroes, Samsung Lions, and Hanwha Eagles (1 game).
Of the remaining 11 games, 8 games must be played against NC, Doosan, and KIA, who will compete for rankings until the end of the season.
As Director Kim said, it is not a situation where there is enough time.
SSG, which had been struggling with a two-stroke imbalance for a while, has recently stabilized its power.
This is thanks to the performances of Moon Seung-won and Song Young-jin, who joined the starting rotation.
SSG, with Roenis Elias as the starting pitcher on this day, will use the starting lineup for the remainder of the season in the following order: Gwang-Hyun Kim, Won-Seok Oh, Seung-Won Moon, and Young-Jin Song.
Coach Kim said, “Baseball is a battle for starters, and the starters did well in the two-game series against KIA. The
starting pitchers have shown that kind of attitude recently.”
In the game on the 30th of last month, Seung-won Moon played his part by allowing 3 runs in 7 innings, and on the 1st, rookie Song Young-jin pitched well, allowing 2 runs in 5 innings.
Coach Kim especially praised Song Young-jin, who created a sensation at the beginning of the season, but fell off in the middle, but has recently shown good performance when the team is having difficulties.