NC gives up 4 runs in 8th, slips to 4th with one game to go

KIA pulls off 4-2 upset over NC

The NC Dinos, aiming for third place in the season, suffered a heartbreaking upset.

The team lost 2-4 against the KIA Tigers of the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League at Gwangju-Kia

Champions Field on Saturday.

With the loss, NC slipped to fourth place (75 wins, 2 draws, 66 losses).

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Who defeated the Doosan Bears 3-2 earlier in the day, moved into sole possession of third place (75 points).

The owner of the “third place” spot, which can directly qualify for the semi-playoffs, will be determined on

the 17th, the final game of the season.

Sixth-place KIA, which has already been eliminated from fall baseball, has a season record of 72 wins, 2

losses and 69 draws.

The early flow was in NC’s favor.

NC’s ace, Eric Peddy, pitched 5⅔ innings of 3-hit, 5-strikeout, no-run ball to keep the KIA bats in check.

Meanwhile, the NC bats took the lead.

In the top of the first inning, Son As-seob led off with an infield hit that fell in front of the pitcher. A wild

pitch by KIA starter Lee Yi-ri and a walk by Jason Martin put runners on first and second, and Kwon Hee-

dong hit a two-run double to left-center field.

Stymied by Pedi, Kia was unable to capitalize.

Even after Pedi was replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning after being hit in the forearm by a hard hit

ball from Ko Jong-wook, KIA was unable to capitalize.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kim Young-gyu was replaced by Kim Sun-bin, who hit an infield single to

put runners on first and second with Socrates Brito retired on a pitcher’s interference.

However, NC was unable to score another run. In the end, KIA caught up with NC in the bottom of the eighth inning.

After KIA’s Lee Chang-jin and Kim Do-young singled to put runners on first and third, Go Jong-wook hit a

two-run double to the center field fence.

After tying the game, KIA scored two more runs on consecutive hits by Kim Sun-bin, Socrates, and Lee

Woo-sung to take a 4-2 lead.

After Lee gave up two runs in the fifth inning, the bullpen of Thomas Panoni (2 innings), Kim Dae-yu (⅔

inning), Park Jun-pyo (⅓ inning), and Jung Hae-young (1 inning) closed out the game with no runs. Park

Jun-pyo was named the winning pitcher. It was his first win of the season.

Pedi blew a chance to pick up his 21st win with a blown save. NC’s fourth pitcher, Jung-ho Lim, took the

loss with three runs in ⅓ of an inning. 스포츠토토맨

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