Rising NC, Samsung Chases Leadership

NC and Samsung won all three consecutive games held from the 26th to the 28th, continuing their winning streak.

NC won all of the ‘Nakdong River Derby’ against the Lotte Giants at Changwon NC Park, and Samsung won all three consecutive games against the Kiwoom Heroes.

Thanks to the consecutive wins, NC had 4 wins and 2 losses and Samsung had 5 wins and 1 loss in 6 games last week.

KIA slowed down to one win and two losses in three consecutive games against the LG Twins over the weekend, narrowing its gap with second-ranked NC and third-ranked Samsung. KIA is leading the league with 21 wins and nine losses, while NC, which has 19 wins and 11 losses, is in second place by two games. Samsung, which has 18 wins, one draw and 12 losses, is closely trailing NC by one game.

Samsung, which fell to the bottom after losing eight straight games in the early days of the season, rebounded by winning five consecutive games after ending its eight-game losing streak against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 6th of this month.

Recently, Samsung has displayed impressive combination of pitching and hitting. In six games last week, the team ranked second with a 2.89 ERA, third with 38 RBIs, and fourth with a team OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.783 ERA.

Won Tae-in (6 scoreless innings), Connor Seabold (5 scoreless innings), and Denny Reyes (two runs lost in 6 innings), who started the three consecutive games against Kiwoom last weekend, all pitched well and took the lead in the victory.

Samsung’s batting lineup showed off its hot firepower last weekend, scoring a total of 25 points in three games. Koo Ja-wook was 6 for 13 in three games, and Kim Sung-yoon was 5 for 13 in three games, boasting a good batting feeling.

What led NC to its upturn was its solid mound. In six games last week, NC ranked first with a 2.60 ERA.

In the game on the 26th, Kyle Hart showed a powerful pitch with four hits and 10 strikeouts in seven innings, and Kim Si-hoon, who started on the 28th, also pitched well with six hits, four strikeouts and four walks in five ⅔.

In the match against Lotte on the 28th, starter Shin Min-hyuk allowed three runs in three innings and went down the mound early, but five bullpen pitchers pitched a series of scoreless pitches, laying the groundwork for a comeback victory.

Samsung has good luck in its showdown this week. It will face the Doosan Bears from May 30 to May 2, and then meet the Lotte Giants over the weekend. This season, Samsung has won all three games against Doosan and three games against Lotte.

NC will face LG and SSG Landers in turn. NC lost one game and lost two games against LG, but managed to sweep the first three consecutive games against SSG.

KIA is also determined to maintain its lead position.

KIA’s Na Sung-beom, who had been out due to a right hamstring (muscle behind the thigh) injury ahead of the opening of the regular season, returned on the 28th.

KIA, which has a strong support, will meet KT Wiz and Hanwha Eagles, who are ahead of each other in their opponents this week.

At Sajik Stadium in Busan, there will be a match between teams that have lost consecutive games. Kiwoom, which has lost seven games in a row, and Lotte, which has lost three games in a row, will face off.

Kiwoom, which had been a sensation with 12 wins and 2 losses in 14 games from the LG Twins match on March 30 to the KT match on the 16th of this month, lost seven games from the Doosan match on the 21st to the Samsung match on the 28th.

Lotte fell to the bottom around the middle of this month, and failed to escape the last place as it gave up all three consecutive games against NC last weekend.

Kiwoom won all of the matches between Lotte and Kiwoom at Gocheok Sky Dome from the 12th to the 14th of this month.

The match between Doosan and LG in Jamsil, which will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of next month, is also a match that draws attention.

The Jamsil Rivalry, which takes place on Children’s Day, has been a tradition since 1996. Since 1996, Doosan and LG have been holding matches on Children’s Day on May 5 with the exception of 1997 and 2002.

Doosan has an advantage with 15 wins and 11 losses against the Children’s Day series.

However, Doosan and LG have been at odds with two wins and two losses in four matches in the past five years.

In 2019, Doosan won a landslide victory, 11-2, and LG won, 8-2, in 2020. In 2021, LG won 7-4, while in 2022, Doosan won 9-4. Last year’s match against Jamsil Rivalry on Children’s Day was canceled due to rain.

BY: 토토사이트링크

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