Lotte defeated Samsung and blew the whistle for three consecutive wins.
Lotte won 7-3 in the away game held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 17th. Starter Park Se-woong earned his 7th win of the season, and Ahn Chi-hong led the team to victory by hitting consecutive home runs 387 days after the Sajik Samsung game on August 25 last year.
Lotte’s batting order consisted of center fielder Hwang Seong-bin, designated hitter Lee Jeong-hoon, first baseman Ahn Chi-hong, left fielder Jeon Jun-woo, right fielder Yoon Dong-hee, second baseman Park Seung-wook, catcher Jeong Jeong-geun, shortstop Noh Jin-hyuk and third baseman Lee Hak-ju. The starting pitcher is ‘Glasses Ace’ Park Se-woong.
Samsung’s starting lineup consisted of center fielder Kim Hyun-jun, right fielder Kim Seong-yoon, left fielder Koo Ja-wook, catcher Kang Min-ho, designated hitter Jose Pirella, third baseman Ryu Ji-hyuk, shortstop Lee Jae-hyeon, second baseman Kim Ji-chan and first baseman Kim Ho-jae. Foreign pitcher Taylor Widener took the starting mound.
The first point belonged to Lotte. After one out in the first inning, Lee Jeong-hoon chose to walk, and Ahn Chi-hong hit a heavy hit, creating an opportunity for runners on first and third base with one out. At bat is Jeon Jun-woo. Against Samsung starting pitcher Taylor Widener, he hit a timely hit past the shortstop to score the first run. No more points were scored due to Yoon Dong-hee’s안전놀이터 double play at shortstop with one out and runners on first and second base.
In the third inning, Lotte’s leadoff hitter Hwang Seong-bin hit a surprise bunt that caught the opponent off guard. When Lee Jeong-hoon hits a ground ball to first base, the preceding runner lands on second base. In an extra scoring opportunity with one out and two bases on base, Ahn Chi-hong hit a two-run arch to left-center against Widener. 3-0.
Lotte took the opportunity in the 4th inning with hits by Jeong Bo-geun and Lee Hak-ju with one out and runners on first and third base. Weedner’s wild pitch gave us one more point. Seongbin Hwang retired with a fly ball to left field, but Jeonghoon Lee chose to walk. The Samsung bench put Choi Ji-gwang on the mound instead of Widener. Ahn Chi-hong took a 3-point arch against the changed pitcher. 7-0.
Samsung, who started a counterattack, trailed 0-7 with two outs in the fourth inning, Jose Pirella hit a two-run arch from left-center field from Lotte starter Park Se-woong. With one out and no runner on base in the 7th inning, Lee Jae-hyun hit a dominant solo shot against Lotte’s second pitcher, Jin Seung-hyun.
Lotte starter Park Se-woong earned his 7th win of the season with 5 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 6 innings. Chi-Hong Ahn led the offense with 3 hits and 5 RBIs, including consecutive home runs.
On the other hand, Taylor Widener, who started for Samsung, showed strength against Lotte with 2 wins, no losses, and an average ERA of 2.45 before the game today. We expected victory this time as we had the upper hand in the opponent’s record, but the results were unexpected. He hung his head high with 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 6 runs in 3⅔ innings.