Teams from 2nd-4th place, including Kt-NC-Dusan, are losing side by side in an unknown last place race.
The LG Twins won their first regular-season title in 29 years, but the second- through fourth-place teams were left to battle it out until the end of the season.
Second-place KT Wiz, third-place NC Dinos, and fourth-place Doosan Bears were all swept by the lower-ranked teams in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Wednesday, as if by promise.
On the other hand, the fifth-place SSG Landers have won three straight games to move within 1.5 games of fourth-place Doosan and look to make a last-minute leap in the standings.
In Suwon, the sixth-ranked KIA Tigers defeated KT 3-1 after a dazzling pitching performance by Ko Young-pyo and Lee Yi-ri.
KIA took the lead right from the start.
In the top of the first inning, leadoff hitter Park Chan-ho singled up the middle, but KT’s center fielder Jeong Byeong-dae made a diving catch and dropped it backwards for a triple.
With the bases loaded, Kim Do-young hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give KIA a 1-0 lead.
KT tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Anthony Alford hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
The game was decided in the ninth inning.
After leadoff hitter Kim Do-young singled to left off KT closer Kim Jae-yoon and stole second, Kim Sun-bin followed with a single to right to make it 2-1.
With the bases loaded and one out, Lee Woo-sung laid down a squeeze bunt to make it 3-1 and secure the thrilling win.
In Incheon, SSG came back from a 0-5 deficit against NC to win a dramatic 9-7 victory.
NC opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Son Asub reached on an error and Park Min-woo singled to right to put runners on first and third with no outs. 바카라사이트
Jason Martin then singled to right and Kwon Hee-dong doubled to make it 3-0.
In the third inning, Kwon Hee-dong hit a two-run home run to left field to extend the lead to 5-0.
SSG fought back and scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth with four hits, including a two-run double by Kim Chan-hyung, and a wild pitch.
In the sixth inning, they scored five runs on three hits, four walks, and an error to make it 8-5.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ha hit a big solo home run to make it 9-5.
NC scored two runs in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t pull away.
NC lost their fourth straight game.
In Jamsil, last-place Kiwoom Heroes defeated fourth-place Dusan 6-5 in a game with a long road ahead.
Kiwoom took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Kim Hui-jip doubled with runners on second and third.
Doosan quickly turned the tide after an offensive shift.
In the bottom of the third inning, with runners on first and second, Yang Ji doubled, Yang Suk-hwan singled and Kang Seung-ho singled to right to make it 3-2.
Two batters later, Kim In-tae hit a two-run double to right to make it 4-2.
In the sixth inning, Jung Soo-bin added a run with a single to left to make it 5-2 and seemingly seal the win.
However, Kiwoom scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Ronnie Dawson sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Lee Ju-hyung, and then capitalized on an error in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5.
With momentum on their side, Kiwoom scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Lim Ji-yeol.
In Busan, the Lotte Giants rode a strong pitching performance from Charlie Barnes to a 10-4 victory over the Samsung Lions, avenging a doubleheader loss the day before.
Lotte got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Park Seung-wook hit a two-run double with the bases loaded.
In the third inning, Yoo Kang-nam hit a two-run double to make it 4-0.
Samsung got one run back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Jose Pirela.
However, Lotte pounded out seven hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to score five runs and take a 9-1 lead.
Samsung got a run back in the top of the seventh when rookie Kim Jae-sang hit his first career home run, a two-run shot, and a solo shot by Koo Ja-rook in the eighth, but could not make up for the early deficit.
Barnes pitched six innings, allowing three hits and one run to improve to 11-9.