With a long way to go to regain the lead, the SSG Landers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Hanwha Eagles.
SSG won 6-3 at home against Hanwha in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on July 29.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for second-place SSG, which improved to 49 wins, 1 loss, and 35 ties to catch first-place LG Twins.
Making his first start in 24 days, Jong-hoon Park pitched six scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season (6-2).
Eighth-ranked Hanwha, on the other hand, failed to rebound as starter Jang Min-jae gave up five runs (four earned) in two innings. His season record is now 37-44.
SSG scored five runs in the second inning alone.
Guillermo Heredia led off with a double, followed by a bunt single by Park Sung-hyun and a run-scoring single by Ha Jae-hoon.
Kim Sung-hyun’s sacrifice bunt put runners on first and second, and Choi Jun-woo’s sacrifice fly scored another run.
Cho Hyung-woo singled, Choo Shin-soo doubled, and Choi Joo-hwan singled in consecutive runs to give SSG a 5-0 lead.
Hanwha got a run back in the top of the seventh inning when Park Sang-un led off with a triple and scored on Kim In-hwan’s infield grounder.
Nick Williams then singled, Ha Ju-seok walked, and Moon Hyun-bin singled to score another run.
In the top of the eighth, Noh Si-hwan, who leads the league in home runs, hit his 21st solo home run of the season off Noh Kyung-eun to cut the deficit to two runs.
Then, with runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, Kim Min-sik singled off Lee Tae-yang to give SSG a 6-3 lead.
With the win in hand, 토토사이트 SSG brought up Seo Jin-yong to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth.