Hyeonjong Yang achieved 162 wins, became KBO number 2… KIA, 6-3 revenge on LG [Gwangju Review]

[OSEN=Gwangju, Reporter Lee Seon-ho] The KIA Tigers succeeded in revenge with Yang Hyeon-jong, who won 162 wins in second place alone in his career. 

In the match against LG Twins in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 27th, KIA won 6-3 with the cohesion of the batting line, such as starter Yang Hyeon-jong and pinch hitter Lee Chang-jin’s reverse 2 RBIs and doubles. 

Yang Hyeon-jong became the winning pitcher, recording 6 hits, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6 innings. He failed to win in the previous two games, but won after three games to win a total of 162 wins. He pushed Hanwha legend Min-cheol Jeong to third place and ranked second in the KBO career. 

KIA laughed first. In the bottom of the first inning, Choi Hyung-woo scored a sacrifice fly to left field on the first and third bases, which were made with Lee Woo-sung’s sand dune and Socrates’ right-handed hit after one out in the first inning. 

LG turned over immediately in the second inning. After Kim Hyun-soo’s heavy hit, Park Dong-won’s left field double hit second and third base opportunities. When Kim Min-seong grounded on third base, the runner on third base was narrowly out. However, Park Hae-min made a timely hit in the middle left and ran to second base. Hong Chang-ki then hit a heavy hit with two RBIs to turn the score around 3-1. 

When Yang Hyeon-jong prevented additional runs afterward, the KIA lineup responded. At the end of the 4th inning, Choi Hyeong-woo walked and Kim Seon-bin hit to the right, and after one out, Byeon Woo-hyuk hit a timely hit in front of the right fielder. Next, pinch hitter Lee Chang-jin hit a double in the middle right and turned the game around to 4-3. 

In the 5th inning, following Socrates’ right-handed hit, Kim Sun-bin added a run with a double that rolled to the left wall. In the 6th inning, Lee Chang-jin’s walk and bunt, followed by Park Chan-ho’s heavy hit, made it 6-3. 

In the top of the 7th inning, LG created a chance to pursue with a hit by Joo-Hyun Jung and a walk by Hae-Min Park. However, Jung Joo-hyun’s third base stealer came out and the flow was cut off. Oh Ji-Hwan was blocked by Choi Ji-Min in the second run with bases loaded, and he retired with an outfield ball. Moreover, he failed to score in the top of the ninth inning with one out and bases loaded. 

Choi Ji-min fought hard with no runs until the 8th inning. In the 9th inning, the finisher Jeong Hae-young got 3 hits after 1 death, but heapedly blocked it with no runs and gave Yang Hyeon-jong 162 wins. 

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