In the top of the ninth inning, closer Kim Jae-yoon gave up the lead.
However, the Wizards did not give up.
In the last at-bat of the ninth inning, Hwang Jae-gyun hit a tying solo shot to left-center field, and Kang Hyun-woo got a push ball from opposing closer Jung Chul-won.
5-4, a come-from-behind victory.
The KT Wiz’s 144th and final regular season game of the 2023 season ended on Tuesday against the Doosan Bears.
With the win, KT clinched a direct playoff berth (2nd place). By ending the season earlier than the other clubs, they had plenty of time to rest.
The Elgin (LG) Twins, who finished first in the regular season, have their last game of the season on the 15th. 카지노사이트가이드
Katie hasn’t had a single rainout since the schedule was announced for the rest of the season.
The beginning of the season was bleak for the Wizards.
They were picked by other coaches to be one of the top two teams in the league at the pre-season media day, but a series of injuries and poor performances saw them slip to the bottom of the standings.
The team’s homegrown ace, Choi Soo-joon, was placed on the operating table, while middle relievers Joo Gye-tu and Kim Min-soo were sidelined.
Outfielder Bae Joo-dae was diagnosed with a fracture in the back of his left hand, and center fielder Kang Baek-ho was not at full strength due to a behavioral issue at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) following the Tokyo Olympics.
Unable to fight back, Katie posted miserable winning percentages in April (0.333) and May (0.375). By May 7, she was in last place. But June was a different story.
On June 5, Katie made the decision to release struggling foreign pitcher Bo Schuler and bring back William Cuevas, and the team went on a winning streak.
The team rebounded in June with a 0.652 winning percentage and continued its momentum in July (0.684) and August (0.826).
She moved into second place on August 19 and held that position until the final day of the team’s regular season.
Cuevas went 12-0 in his Katie uniform, becoming the first player in the KBO to record a 100 percent pure start win percentage.
After a rough start, Wes Benjamin stabilized in June and became the team’s winningest pitcher (15-6). In addition, the homegrown starters of Ko Young-pyo (12-7, 2.78 ERA) and Choi Ji-seong (8-10, 4.49 ERA) are also good.
The bullpen is also strong, with Park Young-hyun (32 holds – 1st in the category) and Kim Jae-yoon (32 saves – 2nd in the category) serving as the ‘relievers’ for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Katie, who is fourth on the team in batting average (.265), doesn’t have any triple threats in regulation, but her lineup is solid.
Park Byung-ho, who leads the team in home runs (18), provides the centerpiece. Hwang Jae-gyun can also hit when needed.
“Our team is united around our veteran players, and I think we’ve become a strong team as our unique team atmosphere continues to grow,” Hwang said.
“If we can continue this momentum into the postseason, we’ll definitely be able to win the Korean Series.
“Coach Lee Kang-cheol, who led the team to its first overall victory in 2021, signed a three-year contract (totaling 2.4 billion won, including 600 million won in annual salary) with Katie on the 11th, allowing him to prepare for fall baseball in peace.
Lee, who will lead Katie for the eighth consecutive year, said, “We had a difficult start to the season, finishing last, but we won the last game to secure second place.
“It’s been a magical season,” he said, “and we’re looking forward to getting ready for the postseason and making a good showing.