‘Another 3-foot VR nightmare→Kim Jong-kook second out’ KIA’s dream of a 7th consecutive first-half finish thwarted by Buchanan…6th straight win, Samsung’s run ends [Gwangju Review]

The Kia Tigers wanted to end the first half on a seven-game winning streak.

The Samsung Lions were stopped by the iron fist of their ‘streak packer’ ace David Buchanan. The Samsung Lions, who had been focusing on winning on weekends, especially Sundays, got their first weekday win in a long time. It’s been a whopping 37 days since the 6th of last month against the Daegu NC on a Tuesday.

Samsung won the final game of the first half against KIA at Champions Field in Gwangju on the 13th, 4-1, behind Buchanan’s fourth career complete game. It was a dominant performance by Buchanan, who has become known as the “streak-packer” who comes in whenever the team is in trouble and snaps the losing streak.

Buchanan pitched nine innings of four-hit ball, striking out eight and walking one to end KIA’s winning streak with his first complete game of the season. It was Samsung’s sixth straight win against Kia since 21 May 2021 in Daegu, giving them their first win against Kia this season. His backdoor cutter and change-up were indistinguishable, and he was able to completely dominate the rising KIA bats. Kia’s only hits were a single by top hitter Choi Won-jun in the first inning and an infield single by Socrates in the second inning until Choi reached base in the bottom of the ninth.

A game between Samsung and KIA at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 13th. Buchanan is pitching. /카지노
While Buchanan was on the mound, Samsung’s luck was on the rise.

The score was 0-0 in the top of the third inning. Pirela’s hard hit ball rolled slowly down the first base line. Pitcher Yang Hyun-jong made a quick catch. The runner, Pirela, was running inside the line. To avoid this, Yang’s throw was deflected towards second base. First baseman Choi Won-jun reached for it, but it was out of reach. The ball ended up going to the backup second baseman. The runner was safe, and Kim Sung-yoon, the first baseman, took advantage and advanced to third.

KIA immediately requested a video review.

The review took longer than expected. With less than 30 seconds left, the call was safe. The umpires explained, “Although the runner did run towards the fair side, it was judged to be a missed throw from the beginning, so we declared a save.” Kia coach Kim Jong-kook stormed off the bench. He protested furiously and was ejected under the automatic ejection rule for video review protests.

On the 13th, Samsung and KIA played at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju. Kim Jae-sung is congratulated by Ryu Ji-hyuk after hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Gwangju=Jung Jae-geun cjg@sportschosun.com/2023.7.13/
Kia, which was able to get out of the inning, gave up the lead on a fastball from the catcher with runners on second and third.

Samsung got a lucky break in the fourth inning when Kim Jae-sung, who started in place of Kang Min-ho, who was out with back pain, pulled a 129-kilometre change-up from Yang Hyun-jong over the right field fence for a two-run shot to give Buchanan a 3-0 lead. Buchanan held on until the eighth inning, and against KIA, which had used its bullpen to full effect the day before, Samsung drove in a run in the bottom of the eighth when Kim Dong-jin singled with runners on first and second. Trailing 0-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Kia had to settle for one run on Na Sung-bum’s grounder to second and third after back-to-back singles by Choi Won-joon and Kim Do-young.

The game between Samsung and KIA at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 13th. Park Jun-pyo reacts after being hit by Pirela’s single in the seventh inning. Gwangju=Jung Jae-geun cjg@sportschosun.com/2023.7.13/

The game between Samsung and KIA at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on Wednesday. Yang Hyun-jong walks off the mound after pitching the fifth inning. Gwangju=Jae-geun Jung cjg@sportschosun.com/2023.7.13/
Kia pitcher Yang Hyun-jong made his 370th career start on the day, moving into a tie for second place on the all-time list with Chung Eui-chul (370) and first with Song Jin-woo (377). However, a bad video replay in the third inning led to a disappointing first half, as he gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings.

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