It was a literal rivalry. The LG Twins and Doosan Bears went toe-to-toe.
The LG Twins defeated the Doosan Bears 7-4 on Saturday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, behind a strong pitching performance and three RBIs from Kim Min-sung.
With the win, LG extended its winning streak to five games and swept a three-game series, improving its record to 38 wins, two draws and 23 losses. On the other hand, Doosan, which has lost three straight games, suffered its 29th defeat (29 wins, 1 draw) and saw its five-percent winning percentage collapse.
LG and Doosan both call Jamsil 꽁머니지급 Baseball Stadium home. In keeping with the tradition of the rivalry, the game also featured bench clearing.
The situation was this. In the top of the seventh inning, with the score tied 4-4 and runners on first and third, LG right-handed reliever Yoo Young-chan chose a 147-kilometer fastball as his second pitch to Yang Seok-hwan, but the ball was not in play.
After being hit in the left leg by a pitch that went deep into his body, Yang Seok-hwan stood up in anger, glaring at Yoo Young-chan. Yoo walked up to the plate and took off his hat to show that there was no intent.
Seeing this, LG catcher Park Dong-won blocked Yang Seok-hwan’s path and engaged in a nervous battle, sending both players spilling onto the ground.
Fortunately, there was no physical altercation, and the situation quickly calmed down. Yoo Young-chan then got Kang Seung-ho to ground out to shortstop to 메이저놀이터 추천 get out of the jam. With momentum on their side, LG scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on Kim Min-sung’s RBI single to left, and then added two more in the top of the eighth on back-to-back throwing errors by opposing pitcher Jung Chul-won, an infield single by Park Hae-min, and a fielder’s choice.
When asked about the bench-clearing situation in the top of the seventh inning, Park explained, “I didn’t fight with Yang Seok-hwan. I was standing (with Yang) after the ball was hit, and he suddenly jumped off the bench, so I was more surprised.” “This is the first time that bench clearing has happened in a defensive situation,” he said.
Park’s confrontation with Yang was motivated by a desire to protect the younger pitcher. “I was drying the batter,” he said, “and I was very surprised. The batter said he was hit badly, but I thought there was no reason to fight,” he said, adding, “I thought it would be better not to let them see each other because (Yoo) Young-chan might be embarrassed. So I was covering up.”
Meanwhile, Yoo Young-chan, one of the people who caused the bench-clearing to happen, said, “It was my first time in this situation. “I didn’t think anything of it. It was a bad situation, but I enjoyed the atmosphere,” he said, adding, “I felt like I was getting excited or something like that. It was fun,” he says with a wry smile.
“My coach said, ‘Don’t worry about it at all, just throw your ball,’ so I tried to throw mine,” he added.