“He dominated their lineup. It was a perfect pitching performance.”
After dominating August, the Kiwoom Heroes gave the KT Wiz the start of September. It was a wake-up call.
In the final game of the weekend series against KT at Gocheok Sky Dome on Wednesday, Kiwoom cruised to a 7-0 sweep behind a 6⅔-inning no-hitter from Hurado and an evenly matched performance from a batting lineup that pounded out 12 hits.
With the win, Kiwoom completed a series sweep of KT over the past 1-2 days. The recent four-game winning streak is a bonus.
As a team that calls the Gochukdome home, Kiwoom has had fewer rainouts and is finishing the regular season faster than other teams. They have played a whopping 16 more games than the KIA Tigers.
As a result, their roster has been stretched thin, which has led to an injury ward. In particular, the loss of the KBO’s two top hitters in Lee Jung-hoo and Ahn Woo-jin has been devastating.
In the process of replacing the two foreign players, the team focused on reducing the size by bringing in independent league players (McKinney and Dawson). However, head coach Hong Won-ki emphasized that “we never thought about giving up”.
Lee Joo-hyung, who was acquired in exchange for Choi Won-tae, has exploded onto the scene, brightening the team’s future. In this year’s rookie draft, the team held a whopping six draft picks in the first through third rounds.
In this game, foreign pitcher Furado held the KT bats to a no-hitter, and the team scored six runs in the third and fourth innings to decide the game early. KT manager Lee Kang-cheol focused on resting his veterans in the middle of the game by replacing them one by one. After Furado, KT’s batting order, which had been stagnant, was solidified by bringing in Ha Young-min and Kim Sung-jin.
After the game, manager Hong Won-ki was pleased, saying, “Furado pitched a perfect game and showed good chemistry with (catcher) Kim Xiang to dominate the opposing bats for 6⅔ innings.” “The bullpen also did their part by pitching a scoreless inning.”
“In the offense, Dawson’s double in the third inning played a big role in the victory, and Lim Byung-wook and Kim Xiang also had important hits in the fourth inning that decided the game.” KT seemed to have prevented a run with back-to-back singles by Kim Min-hyuk and Park Kyung-soo, but Dawson came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a single against KT starter Kim Min. It was the first and final run. 토스카지노
“First and foremost, I am happy to give a victory to the fans who supported us at the Gocheok Dome during the three-game weekend series,” Hong Won-ki reiterated.