Kiwoom Heroes’ Lee Jung-hoo led the way with a three-hit performance, but LG Twins’ Park Dong-won’s four-hit performance was not enough to decide the game.
Kiwoom tied LG 5-5 in 12 extra innings in their 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Monday. The game lasted four hours and 27 minutes. Kiwoom dropped into a tie for eighth place with KT Wiz, who beat the Lotte Giants earlier in the day, while LG remained in second place, a game and a half behind first-place SSG Landers.
For Kiwoom, Lee Jung-hoo continued his upward trend, batting .421 in five games in June. Batting third, he went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, one RBI and three walks. His 10-game hitting streak raised his batting average to .280. LG’s offense was led by Park Dong-won, who had a game-tying two-run homer and a game-winning two-run double.
LG struck first. Kiwoom starter Ariel Furado loaded the bases with no outs after Austin, Park Dong-won, and Oh Ji-hwan reached on an error, walk, and bunt single, respectively, and Lee Joo-hyung got his first career hit on an infield grounder.
Kiwoom answered right back. In the bottom of the second inning, Lee Ji-young hit her first triple of the season over the center field fence. Lee Hyung-jong 안전놀이터 followed with a hard-hit ball that was caught by third baseman Moon Bo-kyung, but the throw went wide, allowing the tying run to score. In the third inning, Lee Jung-hoo made it 2-1 with his sixth solo shot of the season.
The go-ahead run also came off the bat of Lee. In the bottom of the sixth, he technically took a low changeup from Adam Plutko and dropped it down the right field line for a two-run double. Song Sung-moon followed with a single to center field. However, ‘Home Run No. 1’ Park Dong-won extended the game in the top of the eighth inning with a tying two-run home run over the left field fence against reliever Won Jong-hyun.
The game was tied 3-3 going into the 12th inning, and LG took the lead when Park Dong-won singled in Moon Bo-kyung and Austin, who had reached base on a walk and an error by the shortstop. In Kiwoom’s next at-bat, Lee Jung-hoo drew his third walk of the game and pinch-hitter Kim Soo-hwan hit a two-run homer over the left-center field fence off Jin Hae-soo to tie the game at 5-5. The game ended with no further runs scored.