It was a game that exposed its weaknesses, and even though it was played in three days, the more you think about it, the more regretful it is. Lotte was once again frustrated by a single mistake.
Lotte lost 0-2 against the Doosan Bears in the regular season of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Stadium in Busan on March 3. After escaping a seven-game losing streak, the Bears were unable to play for the second consecutive day due to a rainout.
But more than the bats’ silence, it was the defense’s mistakes that once again cost Lotte the game. The bats managed to get sporadic hits against Doosan starter Brandon, getting on base but failing to capitalize. However, Lotte did not give Doosan much of a chance, giving away runs and momentum through errors.토토사이트
In the top of the third inning, Lotte led off with a single to left field. Against Lee, Barnes induced a failed sacrifice bunt, giving him two strikes and inducing a grounder. Even with Lee’s quick feet, it was a pitch that could have been easily converted into a run-scoring hit. However, third baseman Han Dong-hee caught the ball and made a bad throw to second base. Second baseman Ahn Chi-hong’s throw was over his height and went into the outfield. First baseman Kang Seung-ho advanced to third. What should have been a clean inning turned into runners on first and third with no outs.
The situation that led to the next run was also unfortunate for Lotte. Barnes’ throw to first base forced Lee Yoo-chan, who was attempting to steal second, into a double play, but the pitcher’s throw home was slow, and he overlooked third baseman Kang Seung-ho’s rush home. He got Lee Yoo-chan to ground out to end the inning, but it was for naught, as Lotte gave up a run they didn’t need to.
In the sixth inning, they induced leadoff hitter Kim Jae-ho to ground out to shortstop, but a throwing error by shortstop Goodrum at first base nearly put them in trouble. Starter Charlie Barnes took the yoke of the loss despite pitching his best game with seven innings, 93 pitches, five hits, four walks and one run (unearned).
Lotte seemed to set the tone with a sweep of Sajik SSG last month on April 15-17, opening up the top-five chase in earnest, only to crash and burn. A shock sweep of Gocheok Kiwoom in a three-game series on April 18-20 sank their spirits, followed by a three-game series against LG Electronics on April 24 and Sasik KT on April 25-27, extending their losing streak to seven games.
During the seven-game losing streak, Lotte gave up runs due to fielding errors and lost momentum. During the seven-game losing streak, Lotte committed nine errors, most of which led to runs. Mistakes by players who are supposed to play a pivotal role in defense, such as Park Seung-wook (4), Gudrum (3), and Bae Young-bin (1), proved fatal.
During the seven-game losing streak, the team ERA was stable at 3.36 (22 ERA in 59 innings). They even led the league in ERA during that stretch. The record also shows that the team gave up 33 runs in 59 innings and had 11 unearned runs.
Three games ago, Lotte was second in fewest errors with 77. However, it was confirmed once again that this record was a lie. The ‘mistake = run’ formula was once again established, and the team was unable to maintain its momentum after escaping a seven-game losing streak. If the ‘mistake=goal’ formula continues, the challenge for the Top 5 will be an unanswered question.