Reversed, reversed, and reversed again. Park Dong-won hit a grand slam, Park Byung-ho hit a grand slam, and then Oh Ji-hwan hit a grand slam to end the game. LG took Game 3 of the Korean Series with a come-from-behind three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to even the series at 2-2. LG is one step closer to winning its first Korean Series title in 29 years.
LG defeated KT 8-7 in Game 3 of the Korean Series at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday. The significance of a Game 3 win is unique in Korean Series history. There have been 17 Korean Series that started 1-1, and 15 of them have been won by the team that won the third game.
LG entered the top of the ninth with a 5-7 lead. They had just given up a tying double to KT’s Hwang Jae-gyun and a game-tying two-run homer to Park Byung-ho in the bottom of the eighth. The mood was set to sag, but Austin, who hit a three-run homer earlier in the inning, kept the spark alive. With one out, he drew a seven-pitch walk against KT closer Kim Jae-yoon.
Oh came to the plate with runners on first and second. His heart was heavy due to a costly error earlier. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jang Jang-woo’s grounder went behind him. LG scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The 3-1 lead was quickly turned around.
Oh came through in dramatic fashion at a dramatic moment. He pulled a 149-kilometer-per-hour fastball from Kim Jae-yoon over the right-field fence. The 120-meter home run turned the game around. LG took an 8-7 lead, and the game ended with KT failing to score in the bottom of the ninth.
It was a back-and-forth battle, with home runs answering home runs and home runs answering home runs. In the bottom of the fifth inning, LG, which had fallen behind 3-4 due to an error by Oh Ji-hwan, took the lead again in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run home run by Park Dong-won. Park Dong-won, who hit the game-winning two-run homer in the same 3-4 situation in the second game, did it again in the third.
The game seemed to end with Park Dong-won’s performance, but it was just the beginning. After going hitless in eight at-bats in the previous two games of the Korean Series, KT’s No. 4 hitter Park Byung-ho changed the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. KT manager Lee Kang-cheol’s faith in Park, who kept him in the No. 4 spot even during his worst slump, seemed to be rewarded, but Park wasn’t the hero of the day. The real hero of Game 3 was LG’s Oh Ji-hwan, who literally dominated the game from an error in the fifth inning to a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth.
LG closer Go Woo-seok, who pitched the eighth inning and gave up three runs, including Park Byung-ho’s two-run homer, faced runners on first and second again in the ninth. Reliever Lee Jung-yong was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lee induced Kim Sang-soo to ground out to the pitcher and connected on a 1(pitcher)-2(catcher)-3(first baseman) double play to 토토사이트 preserve the dramatic one-run victory. Manager Lee Kang-chul was ejected in the ninth inning for protesting a check-swing call on Kim Jun-tae.
The Game 3 victory puts LG in position to win its first Korean Series title in 29 years. The victory was even more significant because it came against KT starter Benjamin, who had been a regular-season nemesis.