The Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) quenched their bats’ thirst and moved back into fifth place. The Bears pounded out 20 hits and drew 10 walks in a 17-2 victory over the Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Friday.토토사이트

Yang Seok-hwan hits a home run in the fifth inning against Kiwoom on May 25. News1

Yang Seok-hwan led the offense with his ninth and 10th back-to-back home runs of the season, and the bats got hits from all three starters for the 16th time this season. After dropping to sixth place, 0.001 games behind Kiwoom, with a loss the previous day (24th), Doosan reclaimed the fifth spot in a single day, thanks to the power of its bats that exploded in unison.

Doosan has struggled to stay in the top five this month as its offense has fallen off dramatically. Prior to the game, their monthly team batting average (.259) ranked eighth in the league, while their runs scored (99) and RBIs (68) were last. Eventually, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop made a breakthrough by moving Heo Kyung-min, who struck out less, from second to first and using catcher Yang Yang-ji as the designated hitter. “We haven’t scored more than three runs in the last six games,” he said, “but I think we need to be patient and wait.

As it turned out, the changes paid off. Doosan exploded in the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead. It started with a bases-loaded walk to Yang Seok-hwan, who took a first-pitch slider from Kiwoom bullpener Lee Myung-jong for a two-run arch in left field. In the top of the sixth inning, Yang made it 6-0 with a two-run shot to center field, his 10th home run of the season (and fourth of his career).

Doosan didn’t stop there, scoring five runs in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded after two singles and a hit by pitch, Kim Dae-hyun drove in another run on a wild pitch. After back-to-back singles by Heo Kyung-min and Jeong Soo-bin plated two more runs, Yang Ji Hyun hit a two-run double one out later to seal the win.

Ian McKinney, who made his KBO debut against Doosan on May 25, greets fans after the game. News1

Kiwoom started the late rally with back-to-back home runs by Lee Hyung-jong and Song Sung-moon in the seventh inning, but Doosan came back with five more runs in the eighth, capitalizing on back-to-back RBI singles by Kim Dae-jae and Kim Min-jae, back-to-back walks by Yang Ji and Jose Rojas, and a throwing error by pitcher Kim Sun-ki at first base.

Doosan starter Raul Alcantara pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on five hits (one home run) to improve to 8-3 on the season. New foreign pitcher Ian McKinney suffered his first loss in the KBO, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while throwing 82 pitches in four innings.

Meanwhile, the last-place Samsung Lions snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win at the SSG Landers in Incheon. Starter David Buchanan pitched seven innings of six-hit ball and one run, while Ryu Seung-min and Cho Min-sung led the offense with two hits apiece. Leading SSG saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

Changwon NC Dinos-Hanwha Eagles was declared a no-game after rain halted play in the top of the second inning with the score tied 0-0. The Gwangju KIA Tigers-KT Wiz game was canceled due to rain.

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