Mistakes galore = crushing defeat…Kia inevitably loses second straight series

The Kia Tigers dropped both of their three-game series last week. Hindered by mistakes

KIA took the series 1-2 in the third game of a three-game weekend series against the league-leading LG Twins on 26 April. They lost game one 3-5, but won game two 6-3 with ace Yang Hyun-jong starting. Yang now has 162 career wins, moving him into sole possession of second place on the all-time list. However, the good momentum didn’t last. In Game 3, he was unable to get to LG starter Im Chan-kyu at all, and the Yasujin defence faltered in a 1-7 loss. After dropping the first two games of the midweek three-game series against Hanwha, KIA is now 20-22 on the season and remains in sixth place, one game behind the fifth-place NC Dinos.토토사이트

In game three on the 28th, KIA committed four errors. In the top of the first inning, third baseman Byun Woo-hyuk failed to catch a ball hit by designated hitter Moon Sung-joo with the bases loaded. Instead of receiving the ball head-on, he stretched his hand to the side and missed the catch.

Two runners on 1-2 with one out. Starting pitcher Sean Anderson gave up a walk to Moon Bo-Kyung and a sacrifice fly to Kim Hyun-Soo to score the first run.

In the top of the second inning, a wild pitch put runners on third and fourth with no outs, but catcher Han Seung-taek’s throw to catch the runner went into the outfield.

In the fourth inning, Anderson made a bad throw to first base while handling LG’s Shin Min-jae, who attempted a sacrifice bunt with the bases loaded. After getting himself into trouble, Anderson gave up a single to Hong Chang-ki, a triple to Moon Sung-joo and a single to Moon Bo-kyung.

In the top of the seventh, already down 1-7 and six runs, second-year rookie Yoon Do-hyun hit a foul fly. LG committed as many errors (three) as KIA on the day. However, LG did a better job of managing its runs.

Against the Hanwha Eagles on the 23rd, KIA lost early momentum in the bottom of the first inning due to defensive errors and errors in the field. After conceding the first run, Chae Eun-sung singled with the bases loaded, but both the centre fielder and cutman fumbled the ball. Shortstop Park Chan-ho, with a chance to end the inning, bobbled Lee Do-yoon’s throw to the plate, allowing two more runs to score. KIA fell to 5-9 on the day.

The Kia batting line-up saw the return of key batsmen Na Sung-beom and Kim Do-young, both of whom have recently been sidelined with injuries. Other mainstays like Choi Hyung-woo, Kim Sun-bin, and Socrates Brito are also hitting well. Despite all the positives, the team hasn’t been as focused as it could have been against bottom-placed Hanwha and head-to-head favourites LG. Mistakes cost KIA both games. Regardless of power, you can’t win if your fundamentals are shaky.

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